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Cary Williams 'elated' to get a call from playoff-bound Redskins

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Cary Williams 'elated' to get a call from playoff-bound Redskins

After being released by the Seahawks on Dec. 7, Cary Williams held out hope that he’d get another chance to play this season, though he wasn’t necessarily counting on it given the timing.

But then the call came. The Redskins had lost yet another defensive back in Week 17 and needed an experienced player who could contribute right away.

Williams, a 31-year-old with a Super Bowl ring, fit that profile.

“Shoot, I was [at home] taking care of one of my daughters, my smallest one,” he said with a grin. “I got the call and I was elated. I was excited to get back to football.”

Williams has appeared in 97 career games, including 75 starts, spread over eight seasons with the Titans, Ravens, Eagles and Seahawks. Seattle had the signed rangy, 6 foot 1, 190-pound veteran to a three-year, $18 million contract (including a $3.5 million signing bonus) last offseason, but he struggled to adapt to the Seahawks’ defense and was cut after a Week 11 benching.

How exactly Williams will be deployed by the Redskins on Sunday—and how much he'll play—remains to be seen as no one in Ashburn tipped his hand this week. But it’s possible he’ll see ample playing time against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, particularly with rookie corner Quinton Dunbar listed as questionable with a quad injury.

Williams said his experience playing in several schemes over the years has helped him assimilate quickly. It's important to note that he's playoff tested, as well, having started seven of the 11 postseason games in which he's appeared. In February 2013, he helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.       

“There’s a lot of similarities there, no question,” Williams said, comparing the Redskins' scheme to others that he's played in. “Some terminology is the same. That’s the great thing about this situation here is I know some of the terminology and I know some of the defensive schemes that we’ve been practicing thus far this week.”

“I feel comfortable,” Williams added, “so that’s a good thing.”

Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his assistants have become experts at integrating free agents on short notice this season, having already converted Will Blackmon and Mason Foster from in-season signings into starters.

“There’s a huge difference between a guy that is on the street, that has limited experience, and a guy that’s on the street that has played a bunch of football,” Barry said. “It’s nice when you do bring those guys in that have played a bunch of ball because they understand. They get it. There isn’t much that they haven’t seen. Cary is definitely in that [category].”

Barry also said he could see Williams playing on either side and, potentially, in the slot, as well.

“You can play him anywhere,” Barry said. “He’s had experience doing both so we’re not going to limit him to just playing him in one spot. He’s a guy that has played a bunch of ball in this league. He’s started a bunch of games. He’s played in a bunch of big games. He’s played high-level football. He’s been great. He’s come in here and gone right to work.”

Although Williams is still learning the playbook, he's already familiar with one player he'll be lining up alongside. Williams and Blackmon spent last offseason in the Seahawks’ camp.

“He and I, we became really close when we both were in Seattle,” Blackmon said. “We’re really good friends. I feel like his adjustment will be fine. You wouldn’t bring a guy in here who wouldn’t be ready. He has postseason experience. He has a Super Bowl ring. We’ll keep it simple for him. We’re not going to try and do anything crazy this week. We’re just going to try and play fast.”

Despite a whirlwind of a week that included just a handful of practice and meetings, Williams said he’s confident that he’ll be ready for whatever the Redskins—or Rodgers—throw at him.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m just trying to make the best of it,” he said. “My expectation is to be the best me I possibly can, man, and contribute as best I possibly can. I’m going to go out there and compete and just be Cary Williams out there on the field.” 

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 

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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Thurs. 8/8 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:30 P.M.

Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA

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