Camp Nutshell: Cary Williams wants respect

Camp Nutshell: Cary Williams wants respect
August 1, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Cary Williams, seen here speaking to reporters, returned to practice on Thursday after suffering a hamstring strain last week. (USA Today Images)

Winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens hasn’t done anything to stifle Cary Williams' ambition. And there's a few things he wants this year.

“[For] one, I want respect,” the cornerback said at Eagles practice on Thursday.

But it’s not respect from the fans he wants, but respect from his peers.

“I want to be a Pro Bowler,” Williams said. “I want to have eight interceptions, and that's in the regular season. If anything were to happen outside of that, that would be great, make it to the playoffs. I just always try to think big.”

Williams was with the Ravens for the past three seasons before signing with the Eagles this offseason. Last season, he had four interceptions, and in the past two years he hasn’t missed a start.

Things looked a bit murky when he suffered a right hamstring injury last week, but on Thursday, he returned to practice.

“I found out it was a grade-1 strain, so I have just been rehabbing and just taking it one day at a time,” Williams said. “Hopefully tomorrow I can get out there and do a lot more than what I've been doing. I want to go out there and compete.”

If anyone is wondering if the hamstring injury has anything to do with his offseason work ethic, specifically his absence from OTAs, Williams has one thing to say,: “This is not OTA time, this is camp.” 

“I put in the work, I put in the hours,” Williams said. “The hamstring is something that sometimes just happens. From being overworked or whatever it may be, it's not that I basically didn't train or didn't want to train. I think I put in the time and the dedication to my profession and that's something I was taught from being a rookie to this point now.”

That includes dedication to remaining healthy, which Williams say he’s “going to stay on top of."

"I'm taking the precautions at home to do things that I have to do on my own time," Williams said. "I don't think it's going to be anything lingering at all.”

Which is good news -- if he's going to get those eight interceptions.

“There's nothing off limits when you try to better yourself.”

Play(s) of the Day

There wasn’t just one play of the day, but two. And both came from the arm of Nick Foles.

Foles showed off his gun-slinging abilities, connecting with two wide receivers on perfectly thrown balls. 

The first came during 7-on-7s when Foles connected with Riley Cooper for a 50-yard pass in the end zone. Cooper burned corner Brandon Boykin, who took out his frustration by punching a tackling dummy after the play.

Then during 11-on-11s, Foles threw deep again, this time on a 50 plus-yard pass to the 5-foot-8 Damaris Johnson, who was double-teamed by the taller Emmanuel Acho and Kurt Coleman.

No DeSean or Peters

DeSean Jackson left practice early with a minor toe injury. And although Jason Peters was dressed, he did not participate in practice. He tweaked his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice.

Scary moments

There were two plays on Thursday that made players, coaches and media hold their breath for a second.

The first came during 11-on-11s when Bradley Fletcher, holding his upper thigh, limped off the field. It appeared that it was a minor cramp as he returned to the field in his next group’s action.

The second came when Michael Vick, also during 11-on-11s, had his pocket collapse and stepped on the leg of a teammate. Vick went down, appearing to roll his ankle, but immediately rose back to his feet and took the next snap after running off the injury. 

Roster move

The Eagles after practice waived injured wide receiver B.J. Cunningham with an injury settlement. Cunningham was on the Eagles' practice squad for the the 2012 season after he was signed as an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State. 

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