FOXBOROUGH — About one year ago, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams scuffled with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson on the first play of the first day of 11-on-11s at the teams’ joint practice.
Since then, Williams has called the Patriots “cheaters,” stood by that comment, and said he does not care if the Patriots target him when the Eagles practice with the Patriots in Foxborough on Tuesday and Wednesday.
New England coach Bill Belichick, naturally, had little to say about Williams’s comments.
“You should talk to him about it,” Belichick said before Monday’s practice.
Williams reignited the animosity earlier this month.
“They are cheaters,” Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer, referring to the Spygate scandal. “I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught.”
Last week, Williams did not back down from his comment.
“Did I say the wrong thing? No,” Williams told The News Journal in Delaware. “I stand firm on what my beliefs are, and that’s just that. I didn’t tell a lie. At the end of the day, that did happen. It’s in the history books. As far as I’m concerned, I made a comment about it and that’s that.”
Williams, who had three interceptions for the Eagles last season, said he is unworried about being targeted at the joint practices this week.
“I don’t care,” Williams told The News Journal. “That’s the whole point. I don’t care if they come after me or not. That doesn’t scare me. My mentality is I’ve never been a punk, never been a sissy, never been a guy that’s going to be a scared guy. I don’t play this game in fear at all. I don’t fear no man. As far as I’m concerned, you put your pants on as well as I put my pants on. We’re going to man up when we get there.”
In the Eagles’ media guide, Eagles coach Chip Kelly is quoted as saying this on Williams’s player page: “I think Cary is one of the guys on this team that’s all football, and he’s a student of the game, and you just watch how detail-oriented he is in practice. He doesn’t talk very much, but when he talks, you should listen to him. He’s got a great football mind.”Rob Harms can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @harms__way.