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Five Days Before Playoffs, Cary Williams Learning On Fly


Signed after Kyshoen Jarrett was placed on Injured Reserve, Cary Williams provides the Redskins a playoff-experienced corner who can jump in and play immediately.

There wasn't really any expectation of playing again this season, but nearly one month after being released by the Seattle Seahawks Cary Williams is back on a football field again.

Williams could play a big role on a Redskins defense that needs his services this weekend in the Wild Card Round against the Green Bay Packers, and possibly moving forward.

"Shoot, I was taking care of one of my daughters, the smallest one, and I got the call," Williams said on Wednesday. "I was elated, I was excited to get back to football."

An eight-year veteran who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, Williams played a big role for the Baltimore Ravens when they made their run in the 2012 playoffs.

In the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 2013, Williams made a game-sealing interception off of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He would also record a career-high four interceptions that season.

While Williams likely won't be playing the same role he did during his time with the Ravens, the Washburn University product has the playoff experience no other free agent cornerback on the market could bring to the table.

"We brought him in, needed another veteran guy and he fits into the same mold as [Will] Blackmon, Mason Foster and Alex Smith – guys that have played a lot of football where this game won't be too big for them, that they can come in and play significant reps and not be overwhelmed with the terminology or the competition," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. "He's a very confident corner, played a lot of ball. We have confidence that he can pick this system up and contribute."

With just five days to learn the Redskins' system, Williams has little time to fully digest the playbook. But there are "a lot of similarities" with terminology that will help with his transition.

"That's the great thing about this situation here, is that I've heard some of the terminology, I've known some of the defensive schemes that we've been playing, practicing thus far this week," Williams said. "I feel comfortable, so that's a good thing."

The Washington Redskins formally announced the signing of eight-year veteran cornerback Cary Williams Jan. 5, 2016. Take a look back at his career in photos.

Williams was brought in after Kyshoen Jarrett suffered a season-ending injury in the first quarter of the Redskins' 34-23 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. 

Jarrett, of course, moved all over the defense, playing safety and cornerback during his rookie season while appearing a lot in nickel and dime situations.

Williams said he's not sure if he'll play inside or outside, but he wants to do whatever it takes to help the Redskins make a deep playoff run.

"It's a great locker room," Williams said. "It's a lot of guys in here with great character, some teammates that I played with in the past are here, so I know some guys and it's a fun atmosphere and everybody's welcoming me in with open arms and it's been a great experience thus far." 

The Redskins' defense will not have an easy first task in the playoffs, as it'll face five-time Pro Bowler Aaron Rodgers. 

While Rodgers hasn't quite had the same success this season like he has in others, perhaps due to the fact he hasn't had main target Jordy Nelson, Williams knows the Green Bay passing attack is potent.

"For the most part, I think they're trying to stick with what they have and throw guys in there throughout the years, developing a system," Williams said. "Some similarities there from the years I played [against] them in the past, so I think those guys come out with great confidence, especially No. 12. He's an unbelievable quarterback and he knows how to rally those guys and get those guys into position in the system, and believing in him."




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