Lately, I catch myself wondering who will be our starting nose tackle this coming season. Jamal Williams is catching on to his new team in Denver, one of our AFC West rivals, and for that reason, whoever emerges as the starting nose tackle will be compared to Williams for the entire season.
When Williams went down with an injury early last season, we saw several players cycle through the position. Notably, 2009 rookie Ogemdi Nwagbuo displayed potential, but the Chargers rushing defense still suffered. However, it can still be said that with 19 tackles and one sack, the five games that Nwagbuo started were more than were expected of the 312 lb. defensive tackle. He just has to beat out the much larger Cam Thomas for the job.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what Thomas can really do at this level. We will probably see both players in that position throughout the season unless one of them emerges as a convincing starter. Whoever that will eventually be has some gigantic shoes to fill.