Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Jonah Williams wants to prove Bengals right after missing 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals and Joe Burrow reportedly agreed to a $36 million deal, but how will he fare in his rookie deal? Florio and Simms discuss.

The Bengals hoped to have Jonah Williams starting at left tackle in 2019, but a shoulder injury kept the first-round pick from playing at all during his rookie season.

While Williams never saw the field, he says he no longer feels like a rookie because he was “learning on the sideline and kind of understanding how the vets who have had a lot of success in the league” approach their jobs. He did that while rehabbing his injury and working to put himself back into position to be the team’s long-term answer on Joe Burrow’s blindside.

“That’s my goal, and I’m really honored that the coaches are giving me that opportunity and that they believe in me to do that. I don’t really see it as pressure so much as I’m just grateful. I see it as an opportunity, and that motivates me,” Williams said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I want to prove them right.”

Having Williams join Burrow as a fixture in the Bengals lineup would give the team a pair of building blocks for the long term, so Williams isn’t alone in hoping he proves the team right for adding him to the lineup.