The Eagles signed Cary Williams to a three-year, $17 million contract this offseason. (USA Today Images)
Cary Williams was on the NovaCare Complex field for the first full-team practice of training camp. No more sconce shopping or other hobbies to distract him from his day job. That was the good news. The bad news for the Eagles and their cornerback was that Williams didn’t last long on Friday afternoon.
Williams tweaked his right hamstring in press coverage during one-on-one drills. Afterward, he spent much of the remainder of practice riding the exercise bike near the players’ entrance to the facility. Williams said he didn’t know whether he would participate in Saturday’s workout.
“It depends,” Williams said. “As far as me opening up, I don’t know if I could do that as of now. It’s a fresh injury. I’m just hurt, man. I’m not injured. It’s something that’s minor.”
If it’s minor, and the Eagles had a game instead of practice on Saturday, would Williams play?
“Yeah, I would. I probably would,” Williams said. “I would probably play through it, wrap it up and all that stuff, probably get shot up and do whatever it takes to get right. Fortunately for me, it’s not a game and fortunately for the Eagles it’s not a game. It’s another day of practice.”
Williams started his career with the Titans, then earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens after spending the last three-plus seasons in Baltimore. During the offseason, the Eagles signed Williams to a three-year, $17 million contract that included a $5 million signing bonus.
Shortly thereafter, Williams missed parts of OTAs and mini-camps for various reasons, among them to attend his daughter’s dance recital, have oral surgery and supervise the construction of his new home.
“I don’t want to sound disrespect[ful],” Williams said in early June, “I love my job, I just have to make sure my sconces, my wood was picked out, my fireplace.”
The part about the sconce shopping created a mini-flap with some fans and certain members of the media. After making the comment, Williams appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic and said he’d repeat the same remarks “twice over.” When asked whether he was sending a bad message to his new team and town, Williams didn’t back down.
“I'm not surprised at all about their reaction,” Williams said, referencing the Eagles fans, “and I don't care, truthfully, if you want me to be honest.”
As training camp opened for rookies and quarterbacks this week, Williams said he reported two days early to show his teammates and coaches that he’s “dedicated to the organization and I’m ready to roll and get things started.”
“It’s just unfortunate with this minor injury,” Williams continued on Friday. “I plan to be out here within the next two days or whatever.”
About Williams reporting early: Chip Kelly had a different version of events.
“That’s a big misconception,” Kelly said when asked whether Williams had come to camp before required. “He stopped by our office to say hi to us two days before, but he didn’t report early. They’re not allowed to report early. He didn’t practice with us early. He was just in town and stopped by to say hello. A lot of guys did it. [Jason] Kelce was here all summer. He was in our office all the time. I read a story where he reported early. He didn’t report early because they can’t come in early. His first day with us was [Thursday] and conditioning.
“I’m confident in Cary. He’s one of the guys in our secondary that’s an experienced player. He played on a Super Bowl team last year and was a heck of a player in this league.”