Camp Chat: LB Jamar Williams

Williams hasn't had many snaps on the strong side

Second-year linebacker Jamar Williams lost out on a chance to start once Lance Briggs ended his holdout, but the former Sun Devil welcomed his Pro-Bowl teammate back with open arms. Williams spent some time with BearReport.com after Thursday's session in Bourbonnais and talked about banging his elbow in practice, his Super Bowl experience, and the front office trading away Chris Harris.

John Crist: You came up with an interception in practice today but were then banged in the elbow pretty good. Are you feeling OK now?

Jamar Williams: Yeah, I'm fine. I just wasn't expecting anybody to hit me after I caught it. It's also been a while since I carried the ball, so I had it a little loose. Just hit the funny bone a little but – stung a little bit – and came back out the next play.

JC: You were one of the first ones to welcome back Lance Briggs despite the fact that you were starting in his place during the offseason program. Why is that?

JW: Because last year was a learning year, and this year I feel like I'm in a position where I can compete to get on the field. And having Lance back helps out a lot because I can see what a guy like that with his caliber of play can do and see where I'm at. So far it's been [good], and I've been learning a lot from him.

JC: We talked in Miami about how tough it was to be down there for the Big Game but not be able to play. Have you had a chance to reflect on your Super Bowl experience?

JW: It was a great experience. One of a lifetime. I'm so grateful for last year, but now I look forward to this year. Now I want to get there as a player and actually play in the game, so I think we have the team to do it this year.

JC: You're listed as the second-team weakside linebacker, but there's been speculation that you could be the No. 2 man at all three positions. Have you had many snaps on the strong side, and are you comfortable there?

JW: I haven't had too many snaps at Sam, but last year I was able to play all three spots. I feel very comfortable anywhere on the field, any linebacker position. And I think the coaches feel comfortable with me at any position. We'll see how it pans out, but I just want to get put in a position where they've got to put me on the field.

JC: You just got the news that your teammate and friend Chris Harris was traded to Carolina for a draft pick. What's it like to lose somebody like that so unexpectedly?

JW: Man, it's tough. Because that's just part of the business that we're in. Sometimes it's tough because you have great players that the business side takes care of it, and they've got to get shipped off. But I'm sure the Bears made a smart move, and overall we'll be a better team.

John Crist is the Editor in Chief of BearReport.com and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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