Packers Training Camp Countdown: 15 Days

Every day until the start of camp on July 26, we'll provide one juicy nugget to whet your appetite for the return of football. We'd give you more but the CBA forbids two-a-days. Sorry. Tramon Williams had a strong bounce-back season in 2012 and is second with 15 INTs over the past three seasons.

Charles Woodson ranks third in the NFL with 26 interceptions since 2006.

Sam Shields is tied for the Packers' career record and leads all active players with four postseason interceptions.

It's Tramon Williams, the surprising focal point of fans' scorn, who is tied for second in the NFL with 15 interceptions over the past three seasons (including playoffs). With 22 career interceptions, he needs six to get to 10th in franchise history.

"He is the least of my worries," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said.

Williams was all-world in 2010, when he tallied six interceptions during the regular season and three more in the playoffs. He had five over a span of six games, including his 70-yard pick-six that essentially wrapped up the divisional playoff romp at Atlanta as the Packers surged to their fourth Super Bowl championship.

Williams added four interceptions in 2011, though it was mostly a miserable encore as he was plagued all season by nerve damage in his shoulder. He wound up allowing the most yards, the second-most yards after the catch and the third-most yards per reception among NFL cornerbacks.

His 2012, however, was a big improvement. According to, Williams went from 56.5 percent completions to 53.5 percent, 61 receptions allowed to 54, 1,034 yards allowed to 711, 341 yards after the catch to 184, 17.0 yards per reception to 13.2 and 16 missed tackles to six.

The only numbers that got worse were interceptions. Williams, who had been the only undrafted player with four consecutive seasons of four-plus interceptions, had just two last year. And both of those came in Week 2 against Chicago.

Based on Williams' offseason work, Whitt said Williams was on track for perhaps his best season in the NFL.

"I'm healthy enough. I'm feeling better than I've felt in a long time," Williams said. "I've done some stuff in the offseason, got into yoga, and I'm feeling really good. I'm playing really well, feeling confident, the whole nine (yards). That's a true statement that he made."

Because of lackluster tackling and the lack of big plays, Williams' performance has drawn the ire of some fans. It's an interesting perspective, considering Williams' humble roots, his play en route to the championship and that he's continually shown up on Sundays and never complained, even while being at less than 100 percent. Generally, those traits would make him a subject of fan adoration.

Williams' teammates, however, appreciated his performance by voting him the team's winner of the Ed Block Courage Award.

"If I'm on the field, what need is there to complain?" Williams said. "You still have to play, you still have to play the best you can. There's no need to complain about it."

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