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Tentative in preseason opener, Ravens' Tim Williams hoping to be different player Thursday

Tentative in preseason opener, Ravens' Tim Williams hoping to be different player Thursday

It wasn’t nerves. Outside linebacker Tim Williams participated in two national championship games while at Alabama. He regularly played in Southeastern Conference venues that hold more than 100,000 fans, so the backdrop of a partially filled NFL stadium hardly gave him pause.

Yet, as he made his NFL debut in the Ravens’ preseason-opening victory over the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium last week, Williams found himself gripped by a feeling that he hasn’t experienced on a football field in a long time.

“Hesitant,” Williams said after Monday’s practice. “I just felt hesitant a little bit. I was just thinking too much about my assignments rather than going out there...

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