New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception in opponent’s territory to Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, who has had his run-ins with the Patriots plenty of times. The former Baltimore Ravens starter has called the Pats “cheaters”, and he also fought with then-rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson during joint practices between both teams last preseason. Dobson was out today with an injury, and Williams will join him on the sidelines after making a huge play.
Williams returned Brady’s interception for a touchdown, going 77 yards after receiving a crucial block from talented pass rusher Vinny Curry, who turned into a run blocker. Brady tried to tackle Williams on the play, though that was never going to amount to anything.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, Williams suffered a hamstring injury on the interception, and he will be out for the remainder of the game. It’s unclear how severe the injury is, but he may have suffered a pull. Updates will be important, but the Eagles have plenty of depth at cornerback after adding talented vet Nolan Carroll and versatile rookie Jaylen Watkins, who has nice tools and has shown a great understanding of the team’s playbook. Williams was a big-money signing for the Eagles last offseason, and he makes up for some lapses in coverage by showing great ball skills.
He believes he’s one of the top corners in the game, and more plays like that will make others believers of that. I’ve never been high on him, though, as I see him as a decent No. 2 corner in this league with the ability to make game-changing plays (like we saw today). Let’s hope he’s OK, and he’s certainly an entertaining player to listen to. Even if the injury causes him to miss a bit of time, at least it came on a huge play (if that’s ever any consolation).