Rookie nose tackle Dan Williams was made inactive this past game because he didn’t make weight. He is supposed to be 327 pounds. He was 329. It doesn’t sound like much, but this staff has had so many issues with such things in the past — not only was there the Deuce Lutui/Herman Johnson situation in the preseason, but defensive lineman Alan Branch and Gabe Watson have dealt with it in the past — the coaches wanted to nip any problem in the bud.
It didn’t hurt that Watson — who, by the way, has been in the best shape of his career this year and remains about 10 pounds under the coaches’ maximum weight allowed — was waiting in the wings to come in to back up veteran Bryan Robinson.
Williams gets that.
“I messed up last week,” Williams said. “The coaches just said they’re not going to have that. I understand. I just have to get back to work and make sure I don’t drink those late-night Gatorades.
“I am in control of my situation. I didn’t hold up my end and Coach made the decision. I have to roll with it.”
Williams talked about how all three nose tackles have worked hard and it’s a difficult decision to decide which of the three to play. It wasn’t easy for Watson to sit those three games, and Watson acknowledged he doesn’t know if he’ll play again this week.
“My legs were kind of fresh,” Watson said. “I just wanted to do what I could to help the team … I know I had a good camp and preseason, and I practice hard every day. Even if I don’t get defensive reps I try to get after the offense on the (scout) team and help them out. They call me ‘Angry Gabe’ because I go so hard, but when I am inactive, I look at Wednesdays and Thursdays as my game days. It’s not hard. It’s only hard if you know you’re not doing everything you could be doing.”
Which includes watching what you drink if you are Williams — two 20 ounce G2 bottles apparently cost him.
“I got a little thirsty,” Williams said.
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