A year ago, Cary Williams was a part of a secondary problem in Baltimore as he was suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Today, after being humbled by that experience, Williams has fought his way back and earned a starting job with the Ravens.
“It taught me humility and that things could be taken away from me,” Williams told The Sun’s Ken Murray in 2010 after hearing about the suspension. “I would want to play, but I still have to earn my position back on the team. I just want to go out and put my best foot forward.” After grabbing the attention of the Ravens coaching staff through a dominant preseason, Williams has earned a spot alongside Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs in one of the best defenses in football.
Williams first started showing his capabilities in Baltimore’s first preseason game against the Chiefs. While rookie corner Jimmy Smith was getting scorched by Dwayne Bowe, Williams shut down his opponents and led the team in passes defended. He was aggressive, but aware of his surroundings.
For Williams, the road to a starting job has been a difficult one. He was signed by Baltimore in 2009 off the Titans practice squad and he contributed on special teams for the team last season with several tackles and even a catch on a fake punt. During the offseason he trained with corner Renaldo Hill who he credits for his skills. Williams has separated himself from Domonique Foxworth, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb and has earned a well deserved starting job on an elite defense.