Healthy and lighter, Jesse Williams hopes to make an impact with Seahawks

Staff writerJune 30, 2014 

Seahawks Minicamp Football

Seattle Seahawks' Jesse Williams (90) runs through a drill at an NFL football minicamp practice Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Renton, Wash.


Climbing up Jesse Williams’ right calf is his most recent tattoo.

He’s a large man — 6-foot-3 and about 312 pounds after losing about 20 — largely covered by tattoos.

This six-week-old tattoo is of a letter his grandmother sent him, saying how proud she was of her Australian-born grandson.

The defensive tackle had his own point of pride this summer after going through rookie minicamp, OTAs and minicamp without pain in his knees. He tried to tough it out last year after being drafted in the fifth round out of Alabama, but his knees wouldn’t hold up. He was shut down, placed on injured reserve and went back to Australia to rehabilitate.

“Feeling really good to get back out there,” Williams said at the end of minicamp.

He came back in Week 16 of last year to continue his rehab in Seattle. He went to meetings and easily learned the playbook.

“It’s a lot simpler than playing at Alabama was,” Williams said.

Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery right after the 2012 national title game. He went to the combine shortly after, then into camp with the other Seahawks rookies. His knee didn’t get much of a break.


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