1. The Philadelphia Eagles have already shown they can have success versus lines that feature Mr. Williams.
Philadelphia is obviously familiar with Williams from his days in D.C., but even though they haven’t had a ton of success against him personally from a statistical standpoint (who has?), the Eagles have been able to have some recent success versus the teams that he’s played on.
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In 2017, the Eagles, as they always do, met Washington twice. In both of those games, Williams played just under 89 percent of the snaps. Philly’s defensive line registered five sacks versus the Redskins offensive line.
Then, in 2018, Philly again swept their rivals from the nation’s capital, and in both of those games, Wiliams played one-hundred percent of the snaps. Again, Philly’s defensive line enjoyed some success, registering six sacks over the course of both games.
Williams has given up a total of four sacks from 2016 to 2018, and if Philly is to enjoy some measure of success versus one of the game’s best at left tackle, it probably won’t come via the efforts of Derek Barnett. That doesn’t mean Philly can’t have team success and enjoy production from their defensive line as a whole, seeing as how the version they’ll field in 2020 is one of the better defensive lines that we’ve seen during the Doug Pederson era. If only they had a Chris Long or a Michael Bennett to rotate in during pass-rushing situations.