Last offseason, the idea was to surround Joe Burrow with more talent on the offensive line. Many fans pushed for the team to sign one elite player, like Joe Thuney or (in my case) Trent Williams. The idea was, one elite player on the line can help elevate the standard of blocking and at least give the young QB one spot he doesn’t have to worry about.
As it turns out, the Bengals may have had that elite talent on the line the entire time. He just needed a bit more time (and better coaching) to develop.
So far in his first year under Frank Pollack, Jonah Williams has been fabulous in pass protection. He is tied for fourth among all left tackles in pass block efficiency (98.3%) according to Pro Football Focus. His three total pressures allowed is the fewest of all tackles that have played 50 percent of snaps.
And Williams is one of PFF’s best tackles for run blocking as well. He had a career-best PFF grade of 81.9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
PFF has Jonah Williams tied* for 4th amongst left tackles in pass block efficiency (98.3%).— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) October 4, 2021
Jonah's 3 total pressures is the fewest of all OTs that have played 50% of the snaps.
Oh and his Run Block Grade is 10th highest.
*He's tied with Tyron Smith in PBE
Further, Williams has allowed the fewest pressures of any tackle that has played at least 200 snaps.
Jonah Williams has allowed the fewest pressures of any tackle that has played over 200 snaps this season. His play is a key reason the Bengals o-line had lone of the biggest jumps in the week 5 offensive line rankings. https://t.co/9w8RHp7dit #NFL #Bengals #offensiveline pic.twitter.com/56m3n8GCB7— olinestats (@olinestats) October 6, 2021
We talked about the Bengals’ improved offensive line and how they’ll hold up against the Green Bay Packers, who will be the best team they’ve faced so far this year. You can watch our preview with former Packer Mike Wahle below:
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