Another Vikings player was honored today in the latest installment of ESPN's NFL Rank project, which identifies the top 100 offensive and defensive players in the league heading into this season.
"Since the start of 2008, Williams has been on the field for 4,131 snaps, most in the league among defensive tackles."
My take: It'd be interesting to do this list again at the end of the season and see where Williams ranks. The Vikings plan to play him in a rotation with Sharrif Floyd this season -- though at the moment, they're both nursing knee injuries -- and Williams, who is in the final year of his contract, could see his role diminished by the end of the year. He said after the Vikings drafted Floyd that he believes "I'm still the top dog here," but the reality is, Williams probably would have been cut if he hadn't agreed to void the final year of his contract and take a reduced salary for 2013. He still can be effective, particularly against the pass where he's done his best work over the years, but he gets moved out of the way in the run more than he used to, and he probably won't be the every-down force he's been for most of his career.