And that teammate sometimes lines up alongside him when Kittle fires off from a three-point stance.
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Who is this 49er? The man who is currently eighth overall in Pro Bowl voting among left tackles — but has gotten the verbose Kittle to demand more votes and respect for this trench standout.
Kittle Calls For More Respect for Trent Williams
Kittle went from addressing the Bay Area media on Thursday, December 16 to making a Pro Bowl sales pitch for left tackle Trent Williams.
“The fact that Trent Williams is eighth in the Pro Bowl voting is insane, when he’s probably the most talented player in football,” Kittle said. “The lack of respect for Trent Williams is outrageous. If you watch him in every single game and every single clip, he’s just physically dominant every single play.”
Kittle didn’t just demand more praise for Williams in front of a podium. He even retweeted a Twitter campaign post before Thursday’s media session that encourages votes for Williams to the NFL All-Star gala.
Kittle isn’t just a field witness to Williams’ destruction and dominance. One national analytics website is another that has watched Williams’ near flawless season — especially with the point rating they gave the left tackle for one category.
Williams Earned This Title From Pro Football Focus
The analytics site Pro Football Focus nearly gave Williams’ run blocking a perfect grade, as he scored past the 99 mark on Tuesday, December 14:
PFF additionally rewarded him with this ranking on a Thursday, December 16 Twitter graphic posted at 9 a.m. PT:
Via PFF, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Williams has been on the field for 759 total snaps. In 12 games, his overall player rating has never fallen below 77.1. And, on 417 pass block attempts, Williams has allowed just one sack.
Yet, according to nfl.com, Orlando Brown of the Kansas City Chiefs holds the lead for left tackles with 54,126 votes as of December 9. Meanwhile, Terron Armstead of the New Orleans Saints is tops in the NFC among left tackles for Pro Bowl votes.
Still, Williams has earned eight selections to the All-Star game that takes place before the Super Bowl. And, he’s played at a high level this season even at the age of 33.
The next series of 2021 clips highlights his blocking prowess and points to why he’s worthy of the February 6, 2022 contest.
Williams Shoves Linemen to the Ground
Earlier this season, Williams delivered this pancake highlight against the Green Bay Packers.
Then, against another NFC North opponent in the Minnesota Vikings, Williams has shown his menacing side when he gets out on the open field.
Williams is yet to slow down — proven by his most recent performance.
During the 49ers’ 26-23 overtime win on Sunday, December 12 at Cincinnati, there were Bengals defensive linemen who felt the wrath of the near 34 inch arms and upper body strength of Williams.
Below, Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi — all 6-foot-4, 305-pounds of him — gets obliterated by Williams. In the process, Deebo Samuel cuts back and sees the running lane Williams violently created.
That play was broken down further in this clip, which shows how Williams’ push and pummel was enough to get Samuel past the Cincy 20-yard line.
Williams also proves he can move a man who weighs 25 pounds heavier into the grass — as seen here when lined up against 6-foot-3, 345-pound defensive tackle Josh Tupou.
Brandon Thorn of Bleacher Report has a list of clippings showcasing how impactful Williams has been for the 7-6 49ers.
There are those, like Kittle, who has seen the wave of gridiron destruction Williams leaves. Kittle, however, has demanded that those who are casting their Pro Bowl votes gets Williams into that game for the ninth time in his 11-year career.
“The fact that he’s not talked about more, I think it’s outrageous,” Kittle said. “He’s a hell of a football player that needs way more recognition.”