Left tackle Jonah Williams wants to prove Bengals right

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The Bengals didn’t sign a starting left tackle in free agency. They didn’t draft one, passing on Penei Sewell. That leaves incumbent Jonah Williams, a former first-round choice.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor has expressed his confidence in Williams.

“That means a lot to me,” Williams said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I really appreciate that from coach. I take that very seriously, and I want to prove them right and prove the team right and do what it takes to be a great left tackle.”

Since he became the 11th overall choice in 2019, Williams has played only 10 games while missing 22. He missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder injury and ended last season on injured reserve with a right knee injury.

“He had some really good tape from last season,” Taylor said. “Obviously, he’s had his ups and downs from an injury standpoint that have prevented from really taking off. When you just go back and after the season you watch it, as a whole — all of his snaps — he put some really good stuff on tape. He doesn’t even have a full season of 16 games under his belt, so I think we’re going to continue to see steady improvement working under [offensive line coach] Frank [Pollack]. He’s a really smart player, and I think he can really take his game to the next level, and I’m excited to see what he can do.”

So while the Bengals might have new offensive line starters in right tackle Riley Reiff and rookie right guard Jackson Carman, left tackle remains unchanged.

6 responses to “Left tackle Jonah Williams wants to prove Bengals right

  1. The Bengals had a can’t miss left tackle on the board. They had a Franchise Quarterback they couldn’t protect last year. Instead of taking the left tackle and making two positions on their line better, they drafted a receiver that is going to be great if they can keep their Quarterback standing. It’s the same mistake the Bengals always make. What good is a receiver that gets open in 3 seconds when your Quarterback is running from a sack at 2.8. The Bengals guaranteed if they get one injury in their line their QB will be in trouble. The Bengals had this same situation before. They had Dalton and Greene, both of them good enough to win playoff games. They couldn’t protect Dalton and get a running game going and knowing where the ball was going got Green hurt a lot. How do I know they’ve made a mistake? I’m a Dolphins fan and we did this same crap for 2 decades. Last year for the first time we drafted 3 linemen early and sad damn to the scoring positions, then drafted another lineman this year. For the first time we were able to be patient and let talent fall to us then move up and fill holes. We may have fixed our line with a lot of youth finally,and just maybe our QB won’t have to win it on his own.
    That receiver the Bengals got won’t fix 2 problems but had they taken the lineman they could have fixed a Tackle and Guard position.

  2. I know the Bengals have burrow and you technically SHOULD want to protect him with someone like sewell, BUUTT. Have yall seen jamarr chase?! That dude is a freak of nature. If everyone is invested, and burrow is your guy, you HAVE to take the best player available. It dsnt hurt that jamarr was burrows teammate in college. Jonah Williams showed signs of being good at LT. Sewell wouldve wanted to come in and play LT.

  3. People keep beating up the Bengals for not taking Sewell but forget they have Williams. Last year was his first year playing and he did pretty well, allowing 3 sacks in 10 games. I think Andrew Whitworth allowed 3 sacks in one game when he was a rookie and he turned out pretty well.
    Drafting Sewell probably makes LT better but how much better? Or how much better will Sewell be over Carman Jackson? Some probably but lok at what was gotten in return. Chase will improve the WR room by leaps and bounds from what I’ve seen. Look how well Justin Jefferson did last year and he was not the top WR at LSU 2 years ago. A younger, less experienced Chase was. So the Bengals should experience a greater margin of improvement by taking Chase over Sewell plus Williams will be more experienced and hopefully healthy.

  4. Joe Burrow was very poorly protected last season. Look what happened. What, of any consequence, is different this year? Will Chase play OT? It’s only a matter of time.

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