Williams after Ravens practice at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, August 2012.
No. 26 Philadelphia Eagles
|Date of birth:December 23, 1984|
|Place of birth: Miami, Florida|
|High school: Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 229|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Tennessee Titans|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Cary Eric Williams (born December 23, 1984) is an American football cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washburn University.
Williams had seven interceptions as a senior, which rank second on Washburn's single-season list. In his last season, He had two kickoff returns for touchdowns, which tied the Washburn season and career records. In 2007, Against Missouri Southern, he had a 100-yard kickoff return that tied the school record for longest runback. Williams was the only NCAA Division II player to be ranked in the top 10 in the nation in interceptions and kickoff return average in 2007.
Williams holds the distinction of being the only player in Washburn history to score on an interception, kickoff return and a reception in the same season. He graduated with a sports management major.
During Pro Day, Williams had a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, a 1.47 in the 10-yard dash, a 2.56 in the 20-yard dash, and a 4.34 in the 20-yard shuttle. He also had a 32.5-inch vertical jump, 9'11" broad jump, 330-pound squat, 245-pound bench press, a 242-pound power clean, and a 14/18 Wonderlic score.
Williams was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He became only the fifth Ichabod to be drafted in school history. On August 30, 2008, Williams was waived by the Titans. and re-signed to the team's practice squad. The Titans promoted Williams to their active roster on December 9. He was injured after a game and finished the 2008 NFL season on Injured Reserve.
Williams played in the NFL hall of fame game in 2009. He had 2 tackles and knocked down a potential touchdown pass. He was declared inactive for the first 2 games of the 2009 season, and was cut when the team signed punter Reggie Hodges. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 29. The Titans signed Williams to the active roster on October 3 when quarterback Patrick Ramsey was released. He was waived on November 3, to make room for Chris Davis. He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 5. He had recorded 12 tackles through only four games, which caught the attention of the Ravens.
Cary Williams was signed off the Titans practice squad by the Baltimore Ravens on November 24, 2009. He was a special teams contributor that season and saw little time on defense. He recorded eight tackles that year, mostly on special teams.
In 2010, Williams was suspended for the first two games of the season for conduct against the NFL's personnel conduct policy. Very few details were disclosed on the specifics of Williams' actions. Despite all this, Williams played well in preseason and earned a roster spot. He had six tackles in 2010 as he saw more time in the secondary later that year. In a game against the Miami Dolphins, Williams caught a pass on a fake punt from Sam Koch and ran it for a first down.
In 2011, after the departures of corners Josh Wilson and Fabian Washington plus Williams again playing well in Training Camp and preseason, he earned his first NFL start alongside Lardarius Webb in a Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had five tackles and contained Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace. In a divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans, Williams tackled Texans returner Jacoby Jones. Williams forced Jones to fumble, and the ball was recovered by fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith inside the five yard line. Williams was considered to have had an up and down 2011 campaign. Despite recording no interceptions, Williams had several good games and was noted for his aggressive playstyle. However, he often struggled while covering the deep ball.
In week 3 of the 2012 season, Williams surrendered 121 yards to Tom Brady. However, the Ravens were able to squeeze by 31-30. A week later however, Williams collected the first interception of his NFL career off Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown, partially redeeming his lackluster performance the week before. The score helped the Ravens win 23-16 and improve to 3-1. He recorded three more interceptions that year, tying safety Ed Reed for the team lead with 4. On January 6, 2013, during the Wild Card round of the 2012 playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts, Williams intercepted a pass deflection thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on 4th & 1 with 5:43 remaining in the 4th quarter on the Ravens 15-yard line and returned it 41 yards. This proved to be one of the significant plays that helped the Ravens win the game 24-9. On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots, Williams intercepted a pass from Tom Brady in the end zone in the 4th quarter with 1:06 remaining in regulation, sealing the win for the Ravens 28-13 and a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens would defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
On March 14, 2013, Williams signed with the Philadelphia Eagles to a three-year, $17 million deal, including $5.75 million guaranteed. Tackling and coverage mechanics have been described as his main issues although other sources say that he is a me first player. He recently spoke out to the media regarding the toughness of his teammates and how hard the coach pushes him in practice.
- "Cary Williams Draft Bio". NFL.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- "CBS Sports Draft bio". sportsline.com. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- Ravens' Cary Williams suspended for 2 games Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Hands Miami First Road Loss in 26-10 Thumping Todd McGregor, Bleacher Report Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Williams To Live His Dream vs. Steelers Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Texans' Jones apologizes, moves forward after muffed punt Mark Sessler, NFL.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Cary Williams-He's Tom Brady not 'Joe Schmo' Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Cary Williams' pick 6 comes courtesy a bad Brandon Weeden pass (with video) Joe Thorman, SB Nation Retrieved 28 August 2012.