Cary Williams turned down a three-year contract extension from the Ravens before the season, but he didn't look like an elite cornerback against the New England Patriots.
Williams needs to bounce back Thursday vs. the Cleveland Browns.
Tom Brady found receiver Brandon Lloyd time and again as they exploited Williams in coverage. Lloyd finished with a game-high nine catches for 108 yards. Brady targeted him 12 times.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees defended Williams' performance.
What probably everybody needs to do is watch a little more Brady film and find out that there are a lot of corners that struggle. There are some back shoulders fades there, some stop things that they do exceptionally, exceptionally well as good as any team Ive seen in football," said Pees, a defensive coordinator in New England from 2006-09. "I witnessed it for six years, and I had some pretty good corners up there with Asante Samuel and some of those, and Ive seen them look exactly the same way."
Brady threw for 335 yards against Baltimore. He found Lloyd on his first pass from scrimmage for 12 yards.
When the Patriots extended their lead to 13-0, Brady completed passes of 11 and 22 to Lloyd. Williams was called for illegal contact, which resulted in an automatic first down, on a touchdown drive as the Patriots regained the lead at 20-14.
Brady victimized Williams again as Lloyd caught three passes for 30 yards on a third-quarter drive as the Patriots regained the lead another time at 27-21.
"Its hard. You feel like the guy is picking on you. The thing about Tom is he sees a certain coverage, its hard to disguise stuff with him, because he is smart, and he does a good job of knowing where to go with the ball, and if you happen to be the corner thats playing that position, you are going to picked on," Pees said. "I dont think its as much Cary as they did a good job. Can we do better? Yeah, he knows he can do better. I give them some credit on that, too.
Williams beat out Jimmy Smith in a hotly contested battle in the preseason. Could Smith find his way into the starting lineup?
Thats been a competition from Day One," Pees said. "Thats always been a consideration every game, and every game we kind of go through it during the week. And, those two guys know it, that we just kind of rotate things through the week, and whoever we feel is having a better week, that guy could end up being the starter."