With the Eagles scheduled to practice in New England from Aug 12-14, cornerback Cary Williams was not shy about his distaste for the Patriots.
"They are cheaters," he said, a reference to the "Spygate" scandal from 2007.
So when Williams was critical of the value of the joint practices, it was partly because he simply does not like the Patriots. It comes from his time with the Baltimore Ravens.
"I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught," Williams said.
He does not want to scrimmage against any team, but he holds a special spot for certain teams that were fierce rivals of Baltimore.
"I feel the same way about the Pittsburgh Steelers," Williams said. "I don’t like them, either. That’s my upbringing. And now I’m starting not to like any team in this division.”
Williams said there's already a preseason game against the team they practice with, so the joint practice is unnecessary. He also thinks there's a risk of the other teams gaining intelligence on the Eagles.
To me, it’s not benefiting us, because they’ve already proven who they are," Williams said. "That’s their history. I don’t like them, not only because of that. I just don’t like them.”
Williams was kicked out of one of the practices last season for getting in a fight with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson. He spoke earlier this week about undisclosed issues he had with what the Patriots were doing in practice. He also wanted to set a tone for the Eagles' defense.
"I know it’s going to be the same thing this year," Williams said. "...I just want to go out to camp, play camp, and then we [play] so and so, the itch is back. They’re going to get coached up on certain things. You can’t show your cards in certain things."
Of course, Williams does not have a say in the matter. And he knows this. He's outspoken about many topics, but he conceded he's only a player and he'll do as he's told.
“I have a lot of things to say about that situation," Williams said, but "I’m Employee 26”