From Rags to Riches: Cary Williams Journey to Starting Cornerback


Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams confirmed what his agent revealed Sunday, saying that he is set to begin the regular season as a starting cornerback.

(Photo By Denny Medley)

Here’s what Williams said of the news in a recent Baltimore Sun article:

“That’s what it looks like right now,” Williams said after Monday’s practice at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills. “I don’t know anything for sure, but that’s what it is right now. I came out with the ones [first defense] at practice today. So it’s just something that I’m thankful for. I thank God for the opportunity, I thank God for the coaching staff, and I thank God for my teammates believing in me, and the hard work is paying off.”

Williams at one time, and not too long ago, was considered nothing but an after thought.  He was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 draft by the Tennessee Titans out of Division II Washburn University, and was cut just one season later by the team. With his career and future in doubt, the Ravens took a flyer and signed Williams in November of 2009.

Then, in 2010, Williams would have to begin the season by serving a two-game NFL suspension for an off-field incident that occurred while he was in Nashville.

Coming into this year’s training camp and preseason Williams faced an uphill climb just to make the roster. Considering that the Ravens used their first-round draft pick on the talented Jimmy Smith, combined with the return of a healthy Domonique Foxworth (ACL Tear), the resigning of Chris Carr, and a now fully healthy Ladarius Webb, Williams would have to shine just to be considered part of the mix.

And that’s exactly what Williams did in training camp and the preseason.

Williams started in the team’s last three preseason games, recording five tackles, all while leaving a lasting impression on the coaching staff.

Williams was the Ravens’ most consistent cornerback in practices and game action, and he’s being rewarded for it in a big way. Sunday will mark just the second time in 24 career games that Cary Williams gets the nod at cornerback.