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NFL Draft Profile: Florida State CB P.J. Williams

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NFL Draft Profile: Florida State CB P.J. Williams

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

P.J. Williams (CB), Florida State

6’0” | 194 lbs.

2014 stats:

74 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble

Selection:

3rd round, No. 78 overall (New Orleans Saints)

What scouts are saying:

"Cover cornerback with the talent to play on an island, and the swagger to regroup and forget when beaten. Williams can cover outside or from the slot, and has potential to come in and start right away for an aggressive man-cover defense. Williams had some issues recovering when beaten deep and may end up making a move to safety on the next level. He has the talent to be a capable NFL starter at either position." - NFL.com's Lance Zierlein

"Demonstrates an impressive combination of speed, fluidity and physicality that make him an ideal outside corner prospect for the next level. Good size for the position and not shy about sticking his body into the middle of the action. Will slip or fight through blocks and aggressively pursues ball carriers to deliver forceful hits." - CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Derek Stephens

"Physical down the field and could take time to acclimate to NFL illegal-contact rules. Stays on high-side down the field, opening himself to easy comebacks. Appears to lose some interest when asked to cover in zone. Won't be able to consistently jam savvy NFL receivers off the line. Motor runs hot and cold. Shows up ready when stakes are high, but puts it in cruise control and play looks less motivated against lesser opponents. Inconsistent to step downhill and attack the run." - NFL.com's Lance Zierlein

Video analysis provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Matt Nagy doesn't expect Bears DT Bilal Nichols to land on IR with wrist injury

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Matt Nagy doesn't expect Bears DT Bilal Nichols to land on IR with wrist injury

The Bears appear to have avoided losing a key member of their defense to the injured reserve.

Monday, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that while Bilal Nichols has a wrist injury, he doesn't expect the defensive tackle to land on the IR as a result.

Nagy added the Bears will know more on Nichols' status in the next day or two.

Nichols exited Sunday's game against the Broncos in the second quarter with a hand injury. Not only was the 23-year-old ruled out for the game as a result, but he had a cast on his right hand postgame. The Bears. of course, won 16-14 via a clutch last-second 53-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro.

Nichols, whom the Bears selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, recorded three sacks as a rookie last season. 

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Studs and Duds: Pineiro shines, Trubisky struggles in Bears' Week 2 win

Studs and Duds: Pineiro shines, Trubisky struggles in Bears' Week 2 win

The Chicago Bears notched their first win of the 2019 season with Sunday's victory over the Broncos, but it wasn't easy. Despite another strong showing from Chuck Pagano's defense, Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky struggled for the second week in a row to generate consistent production and points.

But all that matters is the end result, and Eddy Pineiro's thrilling 53-yard game-winning field goal injected life into a fanbase that was ready to hit the panic button.

Here are Week 2's Studs and Duds.

Stud: K Eddy Pineiro

Few kickers dealt with as much pressure this offseason as Pineiro, who's been under the microscope since the team's first minicamp as part of the Bears' kicker competition. Maybe that pressure helped him Sunday when he blasted a game-winning 53-yard field goal straight through the uprights. Pineiro is kicking with confidence, and now his teammates have faith in him to win games. Chicago no longer has a kicker problem. In fact, Pineiro's quickly become one of the strengths of the team.

Dud: QB Mitch Trubisky

Is it fair to criticize Trubisky after he made a clutch throw on the game-winning drive to set up Pineiro's kick? Yes, it is. Other than that one big-time throw, Trubisky once again looked more like a middling backup quarterback operating Nagy's offense than a franchise passer who was selected with the second overall pick. He completed 16-of-27 passes for 120 yards with no touchdowns (or interceptions. His production through two games has been atrocious; he's connected on just 58.3% of his passes and has a QBR of 65.0. Trubisky needs a get-right game against the Redskins on Monday Night Football; otherwise, the quarterback situation in Chicago will become a real problem.

Stud: RB David Montgomery

Montgomery's impact on Sunday's win over the Broncos extended way beyond his box score. He finished the game with 18 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown, good for 3.4 yards per carry. His YPC average isn't spectacular, but it took a hit after successive goaline carries failed. He was much more productive than that stat line suggests. Montgomery ran hard, he was decisive and he will only get better as the Bears continue to feed him the ball.

Dud: RB Mike Davis

On the other end of the running back spectrum was Davis, who finished Week 2 with just one yard on three carries. And even though he only touched the ball three times, it felt like he was on the field way too much. The Bears need more Montgomery and less Davis at this point, as the veteran RB has struggled to show he can be more than just a backup in 2019.

Stud: OLB Khalil Mack

Mack finally recorded his first sack of the season and could've had a few more if he wasn't victimized by the second week of holding penalties. A player as gifted as Mack will force offensive linemen to get desperate, and he's doing that early in 2019. Mack has been a dominant force beyond just his pass rush in 2019. He's playing strong against the run and is a massive reason why Chicago's given up just 24 points over two games.

Dud: Matt Nagy

The Bears offense looked out of sorts for the second week in a row, and maybe it's because it was the second-straight game Chicago faced a strong defensive team. Week 1's game against the Packers was arguably Nagy's worst as a play-caller, and while Week 2 was a more balanced attack, Chicago looked out of sync and underprepared once again. Is it Nagy? Is it the quarterback? Either way, it has to get fixed. Quickly. 

Stud: ILB Roquan Smith

Smith is off to a hot start in 2019 and led the Bears in tackles with 13 against the Broncos. He's a sideline-to-sideline terror and is quickly becoming the team's most valuable defensive starter other than Mack. He'll have a chance to shine in the national spotlight in Week 3 against the Redskins on Monday Night Football.

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