One of the newest Seahawks, defensive tackle Kevin Williams — signed on Monday — talked to the media after day one of mini-camp today.
Below are some quotes on why Williams, a 12-year vet who spent the last 11 years with the Vikings, signed with the Seahawks and some other topics. And below that is some video to give you a sense of Williams.
On why he chose to sign with Seattle: “I think at the end of the day they are doing some great things with a bunch of young guys. A chance to play in a great rotation at the defensive line. I think it’s the best fit for me. After leaving New England – I had a good visit – but I think at the end of the day I had a good visit here.”
On the importance of being part of a rotation on the defensive line: “Absolutely. I looked at some stats about a month ago. I had like 700 snaps last year and nobody on the D-Line here even touched 650, I think. It’s an awesome chance to get in and play a limited number of snaps and maximize the ability I have.”
On if going back to Minnesota was an option: “It was there. But, at the end of the day you don’t know what exactly they’re going to do. We’ve been up and down so many years lately there is no certainty. I think this is a great young group of guys that’s doing stuff right out here in Seattle and winning right now.”
On why so many players have come from Minnesota to Seattle: “I can’t tell you. I don’t think it’s by design. Seattle has opened up to a lot for the former Viking players. They come out here and evidently they feel comfortable and want to make it their home and be a part of what’s happening here.”
On if having so many former teammates helped lead to his decision: “They are all offense. So it really wasn’t much of a factor to me. It is nice to have some people you know. My son can’t wait to see Percy [Harvin]. But I don’t think that was the end-all factor. It’s just a chance to be with a great group of guys on the D-Line and do some great things on defense.”
On his conversations with Coach Carroll: “He was just constantly telling me how badly I could help them and he wanted me on board. You know Coach Carroll, he’s an exciting guy all of the time and you just want to be around it. These guys seem like they’re having so much fun here. I told Bane (Brandon Mebane) earlier that it’s just exciting to be around football and see guys having fun.”
On if he can still rush the passer: “Absolutely. I think if I’m playing 500 plays versus 700 plays at this age I can definitely still get after the quarterback. Excited to get going and we’ll see. Hopefully I can earn some of those reps.”
On what he does best: “I like to not put myself in one category. I try to do it all pretty good. If it’s rush the passer, stopping the run or whatever the case I think I can help out in each way.”
On if there was any difference putting on a different jersey today: “I was telling them it’s just a different color and clothes. It’s not a big deal. It’s still football. We went at a lot faster tempo than probably most other teams and definitely Minnesota did. All in all I think it was a good day and it was nice to get back in a helmet.”
On what he thought of Seattle while with Minnesota in 2013: “Man, those guys have a nice rotation on defense. They were having fun and you could see it. I think everyone that has watched them play lately can see how much fun they’re having offensively and defensively. At the end of the day having fun and doing things right ended up in a lot of wins and those guys getting a Super Bowl last year.”
On chasing Russell Wilson: “It’s real annoying. But, I’m glad to be on his side now. I told him when I got here ‘at least I don’t have to chase you.’ That little step back or wiggle – whatever he is doing – it was always tough to get him.”
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