Williams impresses in place of Briggs

December, 6, 2009
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AP Photo/M. Spencer GreenJamar Williams had a game-high 18 tackles against the Rams.

CHICAGO -- Jamar Williams often talks about wanting to be more than just a special teams contributor. If Sunday's game against the Rams is any indication, Williams may still fulfill his goal of being an NFL starting linebacker -- whether or not it's in Chicago remains to be seen.

Williams, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season pending a new collective bargaining agreement, recorded a game-high 18 tackles filling in for Lance Briggs at weak-side linebacker.

"I felt really good," Williams said. "I knew trying to replace Lance Briggs is almost impossible, but I do know when my opportunity is called, I have to make the most of it. I tried to do that in the film room this week, and I studied an awful lot. To make a couple plays early kind of helped my confidence, and I just tried to make something happen and play fast. I think that really showed on the field."

Regardless if Briggs returns to face the Packers, Williams now has an impressive film to show prospective teams in the offseason -- an extremely valuable commodity in the NFL.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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