Cary Williams didn't get the start in the Ravens' 17-12 victory over the Carolina Panthers Thursday night, but he did get something no one else can claim: an interception.
The cornerback picked off rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen early in the third quarter by recognizing a pattern by the Panthers offense.
"I basically wanted to read the wide receiver pre-snap," Williams said. "I knew that when they were a yard outside the numbers, they liked to run the outside route. So I basically anticipated it and wanted to beat the wide receiver [Dexter Jackson] to the spot. He happened to fall down, and I made the play."
Coach John Harbaugh sounded excited about Williams' performance.
"Cary played really well," he said. "It was good to see. I can't wait to see the tape, but from my eye on the sideline, I thought he played with great discipline. He really played with an attention to detail and technique. When he does that, he's a heck of a player. So I enjoyed Cary out there. It was good to see."
Williams likely would have started if Chris Carr (left hamstring) had not elected to play the first couple snaps of the game. Williams didn't seem to mind coming in later and staying until the end of the third quarter.
"I think it was just me going out there and giving 110 percent," Williams said. "I don't know if it was a statement or not. I just want to go out there and show guys that I can play, that I'm a dependable corner. I don't want to let my teammates down at all."