I think Frankie Williams deserves his own thread. I expect we will have reason to add to it over the course of the season.
I would rate Frankie as one of the two most pleasant surprises of 2019, along with STE. (I thought about starting a “Most Pleasant Surprise” poll, but it would be hard to imagine anyone else getting votes. Guys like Banks and Breaux are not surprises, and we had high hopes for FA signings like J.Davis and R.Murray.)
At DB Frankie was a backup most of last year. Still saw some playing time, and made an impact with a pick-6 against BC in the playoffs. This year he unseated Rolle for a starting job in the backfield, and as far as I can tell he has not disappointed.
As a returner he was decent last year, with one TD and one or two others called back, I think. Season totals: 383 yards and 1 TD on 40 punt returns (9.6 avg), and 407 yard on 18 KO returns (22.6 avg).
This year after three games: 281 yards and 1 TD on 16 punt returns (17.6 avg), 180 yards on 7 KO returns (25.7 avg). Averaging over 150 total yards per game, and turning the momentum around a number of times.
My only questions:
- Are we asking too much of FW to be the primary returner and a starting defender? Should there be more rotating in both spots?
- How much of the improvement on returns can be attributed to Reinebold’s coaching and schemes?