Third-round 2013 draft pick played primarily on special teams in 2014 and has seen more defensive action this season ... Ranked tied for third in special teams tackles last season (nine), after leading team as rookie.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2013 NFL Draft (84th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-24-13.
2015 highlights: Has played in Games 1-6, with 11 tackles on defense and two on special teams ... Saw extensive defensive action in second half Sept. 13 at Oakland, logging two tackles while replacing injured George Iloka ... Played on special teams Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with one tackle ... Played significant snaps on defense and special teams on Sept. 27 at Baltimore, logging three tackles on defense, and had good pass coverage on Baltimore’s final attempt that fell incomplete and essentially ended the game ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, had six tackles, seeing action in place of injured George Iloka ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, played on special teams and briefly on defense (no statistics) ... One special teams tackle Oct. 18 at Buffalo.
Previous seasons: 2013—Had seven of his 14 special teams tackles over the final six games, rising to team lead by two over LB Jayson DiManche ... Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Two tackles on defense Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets ... Tipped a Spencer Lanning punt Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, with ball traveling only nine yards, and offense responded with 38-yard TD drive for 14-13 lead ... Also had two special teams tackles vs. Cleveland ... Two special teams tackles on Dec. 1 at San Diego, and again had two on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, tying for team lead ... Had one of team’s two special teams stops in Wild Card playoff 1-5-14 vs. San Diego. 2014—Played Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Played primarily on special teams ... Ranked tied for third in special teams tackles (nine), and also had a special teams fumble recovery ... Two special teams tackles on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... On Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland, had one special teams tackle and a recovery of a Jim Leonhard fumble on a punt return ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, teamed with LB Rey Maualuga in stopping Saints FB Erik Lorig on fourth-and-goal play from the one yard line ... One special teams tackle in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Georgia ... Rose to team captain status and was known as “quarterback” of the defense ... Played 13 or 14 games each season, and 27 of his 30 starts came in his last two campaigns ... Totaled 209 career tackles, including 170 over his last two seasons, and had 23 special teams stops ... His run-stuffing ability was such that coaches started him at inside LB for one game as a junior ... Ranked second on team with 98 tackles as a senior, helping lead Bulldogs to 12-2 season and Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska ... Allowed only 16 completions in 62 passes into his area as a senior ... Twice voted team’s True Grit Award at conclusion of spring practice.
Personal: Hometown is Damascus, Ga. ... Attended Early County High School in Blakely, Ga., where he played S, WR and LB ... Earned First-Team Class AA All-State honors from Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior, despite playing on a team that struggled to a 1-9 record ... Lettered in prep basketball as a power forward and center ... Consumer Economics major at Georgia.
It seems like Giovani Bernard and Andy Dalton are not only already on the same page, but they're finishing their sentences.
If you're Shawn Williams, you're locked in an intriguing mosh pit for the starting job opposite Reggie Nelson with veteran Taylor Mays and sophomore George Iloka and you can't start hanging skins on the wall just yet.
Shawn Williams, who has the best chance of any of the Bengals rookies to start for the NFL's sixth-ranked defense when Cincinnati opens the season in Chicago, signed Friday.