With safety Tom Zbikowski out of the lineup last week against the Lions, the domino effect of the ‘next man up’ extended past backup Joe Lefeged.
Filling in at the safety spot was Lefeged but instead of being in his normal gunner spot on the punt coverage unit, he had to slide over to the punt protector, a position that normally Zbikowski occupies.
Those moves opened the door for Teddy Williams at the gunner position, a man who never played a down of college football.
On Sunday, Williams found himself beating the rest of the punt coverage unit down the field and helped forced four fair catches against the Lions.
“He did a great job as a gunner in his first extended duty on special teams. I think this guy has a nice future,” interim head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s long. He’s a good bump and run corner and he’s just got to keep learning techniques and our scheme and he’ll be able to help us out.”
Williams was a track star in college as a four-time All-American at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
An undrafted free agent in 2010, Williams spent the majority of the last two seasons on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
The Colts signed Williams on Oct. 29 and he has played on special teams in each of the past three games.
With Zbikowski again out of the lineup this weekend, Williams is expected to flank Sergio Brown on the opposite side of the punt coverage unit.
“As the gunner you’re the first one on defense on punt so you got to get down and contain the returner and just try to be just as disruptive as possible,” Williams said.
Listed as a cornerback, Williams continues to get reps in the secondary at practice on a weekly basis and knows that there is a process to becoming a contributor on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL.
“Most of the time you work your way up the totem pole, special teams first and then when you get your chance on defense you just have to take the opportunity,” Williams said. “I just learn form the older guys and work as much on my craft and technique to be able to get better.”
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