Cary Williams did not have the best first seven months in Philadelphia. From missing time in organized team activities for family reasons to injuries in the preseason to a fight this week in practice, Williams has received attention for much besides his performance.
On Monday night, he made a statement with his performance. He finished with an interception, a sack, and two passes defended.
This was consistent with what Williams said throughout the spring and summer. He always insisted that when the season started, he'll be ready.
"I just think when the bright lights come up, you know who's going to come up," Williams said. "I've played some big games in my career, and I know the importance of taking the proper steps in practice to prepare for a game."
Williams' interception was a diving play that led to an Eagles touchdown. He also had a key fourth-down pass break up in the fourth quarter. He showed that he's capable of being a No. 1 cornerback, keeping Pierre Garcon from hurting the Eagles. Garcon finished with seven catches for 64 yards.
Williams briefly left the game late with cramps, but he finished. He played special teams, which he's not used to. He said that's not an excuse, and he must be properly hydrated.
This was the first time Williams spoke to reporters since a Thursday scuffle with Riley Cooper. Williams said the fight was not an issue.
"I have no animosity towards Riley," Williams said. "As far as I'm concerned, it was two competitors going at it. It's just two tough guys playing the game of football that they love. We bounced back from it and we performed well tonight. That's all that really counts."