Although Madieu Williams is now able to do limited work in practice, it’s still going to be a little while before the safety is ready to play in a game. If anything Vikings coach Brad Childress and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman will err on the side of caution with Williams.
While losing the veteran safety was a definite setback for the team that signed him to a six-year, $33 million free-agent contract, the Vikings have gotten the opportunity to get a long look at rookie second-round pick Tyrell Johnson. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said Thursday he has liked what he has seen from the young safety.
“No doubt [he’s ahead of the curve],” Frazier said. “He’s really surpassed what we thought we’d get out of him in these first three games. He just continues to improve. His best football is obviously ahead of him but he’s getting some experience we didn’t expect he’d be getting this early. He’s getting better and better in his run fits as well as coverage every week. He’s seeing different offenses and they’re trying to do different things to attack him as well as our defense. So it’s good exposure for him. But his composure, his poise has been outstanding. He is a very good athlete. You combine that, you’ve just got to believe that one day he’s going to be a Pro Bowl caliber player.”