“(Williams) is one of the smartest players you’ll ever be around,” the coach said. “And he’s able to use that to be effective on the football field. So if we can get what we expect out of Sharrif, that’s going to take some of those snaps off him, and we should get more quality over time.”
The reduction was news to Williams, however.
“Thirty plays might be a low,” he said. “I haven’t talked to (Frazier) about it. We’ll work something out. I’m sure we’ll have some type of rotation.”
This could be Williams’ last season with the Vikings, as his contract was restructured in the offseason, with the 2014 season voided. Frazier said Williams has handled that well.
“He has been great, his attitude,” Frazier said. “He is a pro’s pro. He doesn’t let things like this faze him. He understands the business of professional football. He has been great, great for the young guys throughout the OTAs, and as we started training his leadership has been terrific. If there is anybody who can handle moments like these when you draft a guy as early as we did with Sharrif, Kevin is the guy. He understands.”
Second-year cornerback Josh Robinson has been getting action as the Vikings’ nickle or slot corner, a position that Frazier considers as crucial as any starter.
“In our game today, we’re finding ourselves lining up against three wides (receivers), four wides and sometimes five wides much more often than you did five, six, seven years ago,” Frazier said. “So that position, the three corners you have on the field, they’re starters whoever those three corners are.”
Robinson started six games as a rookie last season, intercepting two passes, although he didn’t play much in the slot.