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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The New Orleans Saints played a good enough game to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs last year but that’s when the Minnesota Miracle took place. Case Keenum completed a pass along the right sidelines to Stefon Diggs and Marcus Williams had a shot to make the tackle and advance the Saints to the next round. Instead Williams whiffed on the hit and Diggs was off to the races for a game winning touchdown. Most people will remember Williams botching that play but people forget he had a pretty good season up to that point. Williams recorded 4 interceptions as a rookie and showed a ton of promise the whole year. Now after having his football reputation drug through the mud Williams plans on coming back better than ever. That’s been apparent early on at Saints training camp. Marcus Williams has been a ball hawk and Drew Brees even went as far as comparing Williams to Ed Reed. While that might be a stretch it still says two things about Williams. First Brees believes in the safety enough to praise him and build up his confidence. It also proves Williams is a very good defender and the future Hall of Fame quarterback knows his team will need the emerging defensive back at some point. It’ll be interesting to see how Marcus Williams responds to all this adversity because he has a chance to really set the record straight. If he overcomes the Minnesota Miracle and becomes one of the better safeties in the league people will talk about how much the 21 year old endured? On the other hand if Williams confidence is forever tainted by that one bad play it could hold this guy back for a very long time. Nobody wants to see that though and it’s just another great story line as we head into the new season.
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