Cornerback Cary Williams, the free-agent find for the Ravens who won a starting job this summer, goes back to Tennessee this weekend with a chance to show the Titans what might have been.
Drafted in the seventh round in 2008 by the Titans, Williams still has a home – and a daughter – in Nashville. He's also got several friends with the team, including wide-out Lavelle Hawkins, tight end Craig Stevens, defensive end William Hayes and running back Chris Johnson, all of whom joined Tennessee the same year.
His time in Nashville did not end well, though. After playing five games between 2008-09, he was cut late in 2009 and signed by the Ravens. He said Wednesday he feels he has something to prove to the Titans.
"This game is definitely an emotional game," Williams said. "It has a little more meaning because you want to go out there and perform and show the other team that they made a mistake. And I feel they did make a mistake by releasing me. … I love the city of Nashville. I still have a home there and for me to go back and play in front of my family and friends is something I can only imagine, because I never got the opportunity to play out there."
Williams, 26, spent most of his first two years with the Ravens playing special teams, where he made a mark as a gunner. At cornerback, he gives the Ravens size (6-1, 190), speed and physicality. He made five tackles and had one pass break-up against the Steelers, and also played special teams.
"For me to be a starter is … the highest thing I could ever achieve," he said. "Now I just want to continue to build on that and continue to work hard, and not give that up during the season. I want to be the starter for 16 weeks. That's my goal."