After a rocky start in the pros due mainly to injuries, Jonah Williams was able to start 16 games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021. Not only that, but he finished as the 32nd-best graded tackle out of 83 eligible players by PFF.

Of course, the projected starting left tackle for the Bengals is aiming to step up. Early signs in training camp would suggest he will.

Who better to give the man some praise than former Bengals great and most recently Super Bowl champion with the Los Angeles Rams, Andrew Whitworth!

Whitworth, who played eleven seasons with the Bengals and made three Pro Bowls and one First-Team All-Pro while in Cincy, had some promising words about the young offensive lineman.

Whitworth pointed out Williams’ mirroring skills on this rep versus Joseph Ossai, who’s having a strong camp himself.

Mirroring is a great technique that the best of the best use and master.

Williams also showed off versus the Bengals’ top pass rusher, Trey Hendrickson. That’s tremendous hand placement from Willams setting the width of the pocket.

A lot has been made about Cincinnati’s free agency pickups for the O-line. But a huge part of how successful the Bengals will be in keeping Joe Burrow’s jersey clean* will be all about Williams at left tackle.

*Note: Which will be more important with those slick white unis-helmet combo, if you ask me, right? 

Out of all the players you’d like to see take that next step, Williams could be atop of the list. He’s off to a good start early in camp.

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