The building of his home?
"I had to pick out my wood, my sconces," Williams explained yesterday.
Shortly thereafter, Joe Conklin surely sat down to work.
Williams' larger message was that he does take his job seriously, that he is here now (for mandatory minicamp), that he is working hard and will not let the fans down. Also that he makes no apologies for putting his daughter first, and that NFL players don't have enough offseason time to get everything done.
Williams had no idea, he said, that his absence last Friday had generated controversy.
"People made a big deal out of that? I don't pay that any attention, man . . . I'm sorry that people make such a big deal out of something that's so small. I grew up as a kid that didn't have two parents in the household. I definitely take pride in being a father, being a husband," Williams said. "I would much rather talk about something more important, man, because you make plays on Sundays. Sundays is the most important thing. When you're winning games on Sunday, all that other stuff goes out the window."
Williams, signed to a 3-year, $17 million free-agent deal after starting for the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, took starting reps yesterday opposite Bradley Fletcher. He said he and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly have discussed his absences and are "on the same page."
"I feel like everybody around me that gets to know me knows what I'm about. Ask anybody on that Ravens staff what kind of person I am. They know I come to work each and every day. No complaints, I get the job done. I understand what it takes to be successful . . . I love the fans, I love the people that support the team, but at the end of the day, if I worry about what the fans think of me, I won't be here long," Williams said. "If I was a guy who had three kids with three different women, and I was a womanizer, you'd be reporting that. Now I'm a guy who wanted to see his girl's recital and I'm a bad guy? Come on, man.
"I don't think that coach Chip [Kelly] took it as disrespectful," said Williams, who said he does not plan to attend the Ravens' White House visit today, which occurs during this mandatory minicamp.
"You think seeing the president is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; it's definitely something I thought of. But at the end of the day, I'm an Eagle. I understand my responsibilities here . . . I'm happy to be here, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
Safety Kenny Phillips, whose knee problems led to his departure from the Giants, missed some practice time last week. Phillips said yesterday that nothing was really wrong, that limiting his spring work has been part of his regimen since he underwent microfracture surgery in 2009. Phillips, who generally worked with the second team yesterday, said he does not think he will need to take time off during training camp . . . Tight end James Casey (knee) sat out. Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (death in family) was absent, as were two rookies, tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Jordan Poyer, who can't participate because their schools haven't held graduation yet. Antonio Dixon took Sopoaga's reps, alongside Fletcher Cox and Clifton Geathers, the 6-8, 340-pound defensive end the Eagles acquired from the Colts in March . . . Quarterback Dennis Dixon got a few first-team reps, for the first time during a practice reporters were allowed to watch.
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: The dollars and cents of the quarterback decision, as well as DeSean Jackson dealing with the Chip Kelly regime.
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