Avery Williamson's first primetime NFL game didn't end in victory, but the former University of Kentucky standout linebacker did manage to shine in the Tennessee Titans' 27-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
The rookie, a fifth-round pick, tied for a team-high eight tackles, including two sacks of the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger. One sack was solo and he halfed two others with Derrick Morgan and fellow ex-Cat Wesley Woodyard.
He was also credited with hitting Roethlisberger three other times.
"We knew that everybody in America was going to be watching this game, so you just try to be on your A-game," Williamson told The Tennessean. "I kept telling myself not to put too much pressure on myself and just treat it like a regular game like I do each week. It's hard to do though, when you get out there under the lights. I kept telling myself just to keep on playing like you've been doing. I settled down eventually, and started playing."
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Williamson has started the past six games for the Titans.
"The more reps you get, the more comfortable you'll be out there," Williamson told The Tennessean. "I feel like I've gotten a whole lot better since week one. I feel like I'm going to continue to get better as I get more and more time out there."