A little over a week since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Connor Williams is already back at practice.
Better yet, the second-year guard said he's back to full strength and is looking to play this week against the Patriots.
"I feel 100 percent," Williams said. "My biggest stress was getting the swelling down and now we've got the swelling under control."
Williams missed last week's game in Detroit, replaced by veteran Xavier Su'a-Filo. But unlike last year when Williams had the same surgery to repair a meniscus tear on his right knee and didn't get his starting job back until the playoffs, he has a different plan this time around.
"My goal was getting back this week. I went through the same thing last year and had expectations on what to expect," Williams said. "So I just worked toward that and now we're here."
Williams said he did mostly individual drills on Wednesday but is expecting to practice in full on Thursday.
If Williams does get back in the lineup, he knows what kind of challenge he'll be facing. The Patriots have the NFL's No. 1 defense both in yards and points allowed.
"They're a great defense, they're very technically sound," Williams said. "It's about executing in the run and pass game. They make you beat yourselves."