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DB Tramon Williams competing for a role

August 10, 2017

Cornerback Tramon Williams during a training camp practice Aug. 1. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

When the Cardinals signed veteran cornerback Tramon Williams, the natural assumption was that the former Green Bay Packer and Cleveland Brown would compete — and likely win — the No. 2 cornerback job.

That may still eventually happen, but for now, the 2010 Pro Bowler is busy providing depth at a position where the Cardinals could use more. Though he has been with the team for just a couple of weeks, he’s already looking like he belongs.

“Tramon is coming on fast,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s learning what to do — he’s learning our defense. He knows what to do. He’s played 10 years.”

The 34-year-old is entering his 11th NFL season, and it appears his experience is paying off.

“It’s funny, I’m not really thinking right now — really not thinking,” he said after practice Tuesday. “I kind of feel that once you know the concepts of certain coverages, you always know it. It’s just the adjustments during plays when guys are moving, can you make the correct adjustments, and that’s really where it’s at right now.”

Williams has intercepted at least one pass in each of his first 10 NFL seasons, and with 30 for his career, is someone who came to Arizona with bit of a track record. Even still, he was a mid-camp pickup, which means his role is anything but secure.

It is with that in mind he has one, fairly simple goal with regards to what he’s hoping to show the coaches.

“That I can still play, obviously,” he said, with a laugh. “That I can still play — which they already know. I’m just doing what I do, continuing to work on my technique, kind of get back into the flow of things, getting my footwork right and getting ready to go.”

And while Arians has said Justin Bethel is the frontrunner to be the team’s No. 2 cornerback, Williams said he sees the competition as being open because, frankly, that’s how competitions work.

“I mean, it’s a cliche statement, but really that’s the way I’ve always treated it,” he said. “No matter where I was, if I was the No. 1 corner coming into the season, No. 2 — I always saw there was an opportunity for someone else to come in and make a name for themselves and compete for that spot.”

via: arizonasports.com

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