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Williams’ crash course continues in San Diego

Posted by Darren Urban on August 18, 2016 – 10:47 am

The No. 2 cornerback for the Cardinals remains a work in progress.

Justin Bethel came off the PUP list this week but still isn’t ready to practice. Mike Jenkins finally returned to practice this week, although the surgery for a broken bone in his hand means he has to wear a cast. Meanwhile, rookie Brandon Williams remains the starter and still figures to be the best bet to be starting Sept. 11 even with his growing pains.

That’s why Williams should’ve benefited big from a couple of practices against the Chargers, to work against different receivers than just the Cardinals and to see different looks. Williams got a healthy dose of Amari Cooper last week and now Keenan Allen — who has been a tough cover in practice — was this week.

“(Brandon) is a guy who were are going to lean on in the season so we want to see how he was living, how he was going to respond when the ball is coming his way,” all-pro cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “Not to toot my own horn, but after the year I had last year, if there is a rookie defensive back, nine times out of 10 they’re going to pick on the young pup. So (cornerbacks) coach (Kevin) Ross wanted to throw him into the fire and to see how he would respond.”

Peterson is right, of course. Whomever is playing across from Peterson will be targeted often. Look at what happened to Bethel late last season. That’s not going to change in 2016, whether it is Williams or Bethel or someone else.

“I can only imagine how tough it is getting 13, 14 targets a game,” Peterson said. “That’s tough for anyone. biggest thing is keeping the confidence up and relying on the technique. You are prepared for the moment, it’s just about taking what you learned on the practice field to the game. That’s the biggest thing for young cornerbacks.”

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8 Responses to “Williams’ crash course continues in San Diego”

  1. By texascard on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    Tap the brakes pp. it’s a team game

  2. By Dr. G. on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    Toot your own horn, PPXXI…??? When have you “”never”” done that?

    Brandon will come around with the help of the coaches and some hard work?

    Back to losing Nancy Bidwill….. For the family – it is my wish that you experience comfort greater than your sorrow… Michael said she had a good run…very happy the family had her grace for a good while…RIP NANCY…

  3. By LadyBird04 on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    Williams is getting a crash course to be sure. It is not an enviable position to be in opposite Peterson as a corner. Even Powers, who had loads of CB experience was burned often (usually because he wasn’t fast enough to get in proper position to cover) Bethel and Williams are both coming late to the game so to speak and whichever winds up back there will be targeted. At least they are both longer and faster than Powers.

    When we have the full defensive set up, there will be help for them from the other linebackers and our safeties so we can only hope both of them “learn quickly”.

    If I remember correctly, Peterson didn’t really dazzle at CB his rookie year either. His big plays were his kick-off/punt returns.

  4. By Andy Kw on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    Now, I really want Justin Bethel back to start opposite Patrick Peterson. The struggles of Brandon Williams are real

  5. By joe holst on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    He still has his RB body, thick , I think he’s in trouble from what I have seen, They will help him out a lot and also disguise him.

  6. By clssylssy on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    This young man has had a BIG assignment and perhaps some unrealistic expectations. Just because he has impressed in practice doesn’t always translate to the starting lineup under the big lights in week #1, IMO, speed is no substitution for experience and knowledge as doing a task INCORRECTLY can produce a disasterous outcome and Cards fans can be extremely harsh and unforgiving. I really hope Bethel gets back up to speed and that perhaps Butler can provide some breathing room as I think Williams shows promise if he doesn’t get ruined.
    Agree with LadyBird and Dr.G on PP, and feel that everybody has already figured out that our corners can be owned.
    Condolenscences to the Bidwill family on the passing of Nancy Bidwill, Cancer takes it’s toll on the entire family so prayers for all.

  7. By SeeingRed on Aug 18, 2016 | Reply

    Wow some real negativity today…. PP wasn’t being pretentious- he was just being truthful. He had a standout season and is one of the top 4 cornerbacks in the league so yeah anyone on the other side, ESPECIALLY a rookie is gonna get hammered with attention (balls thrown their way). Don’t hate on the man’s confidence in his ability, he’s earned the right. Hard worker, good character. J.J. Watt talked the same way in Hard Knocks but he’s not a DB so he can get away with it apparently…oh and for the record MOST rookies don’t dazzle no matter what position. All a matter of context and perspective.

    Anyways, Williams will continue to have his bumps and bruises naturally….concerned with the other corners missing so much time and reps. I said coming into the preseason I wasn’t particularly comfortable with the secondary. Doesn’t mean I think they can’t get it done but lots of new faces and my man the Badger is coming off ACL….oh and I’m still not sold on Betcher. Seems like a decent coach but is he Ray Horton or Todd Bowles? No. If Bowles was still here I wouldn’t probably have any concerns about the D but he is not. Time will tell I guess…

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