Packers cornerback Tramon Williams took a page from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s book and dubbed himself Optimus Prime ahead of this week’s matchup with Megatron, a.k.a Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Williams also took a shot at Sherman for getting pushed around by Johnson during the Lions’ victory over the Seahawks earlier this season. Johnson had three catches for 46 yards in that game, so any pushing around didn’t really result in a huge advantage for the Lions receiver. Sherman pointed that out on the NFL Network Thursday in response to Williams’ comments.
“Yeah, we were pushed around to the tune of 46 yards, I believe,” Sherman said. “Not too much pushing. I don’t understand that shot, he took a shot at us. Last I checked, we’ve never given up 250 yards to anybody. We barely give that up in a game. To give that up to one player, I mean that was the last time they played him I believe. I don’t really know if he’d be the one (to) come talk to us about playing coverage.”
The Packers actually allowed 244 receiving yards to Johnson last season, the most any opposing player has ever compiled in a game against the Packers. That doesn’t exactly put Williams in a place of great strength as he suggests that he’s the man (robot?) capable of keeping Johnson from having a huge game.
We’ll see how it plays out Sunday, but we’d be pretty happy never to hear another Transformers reference from an NFL cornerback regardless of the outcome. Unless they want to argue about who is Shia LaBeouf, because that would actually be amusing.