Eagles Notes: Eagles' Cary Williams detests scrimmaging with Patriots

Eagles cornerback Cary Williams (right) with Earl Wolff during Friday's practice. Williams called the Patriots "cheaters" and feels the joint practices between the teams are unnecessary.
Eagles cornerback Cary Williams (right) with Earl Wolff during Friday's practice. Williams called the Patriots "cheaters" and feels the joint practices between the teams are unnecessary. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 03, 2014

With the Eagles scheduled to practice in New England Aug. 12-14, cornerback Cary Williams was not shy about his distaste for the Patriots.

"They are cheaters," he said, a reference to the "Spygate" scandal from 2007.

So Williams' critique of the value of the joint practices was partly because he simply does not like the Patriots, which comes from his time with the Baltimore Ravens.

"I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven't won a Super Bowl since they got caught," Williams said.

Williams said there's already a preseason game against the Patriots, so the joint practices are unnecessary. He also thinks there's a risk of the Patriots gaining intelligence on the Eagles.

"To me, it's not benefiting us, because they've already proven who they are," Williams said. "That's their history. I don't like them, not only because of that. I just don't like them."

Williams was kicked out of a practice last season for getting in a fight with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson. He spoke earlier this week about undisclosed issues he had with what the Patriots were doing in practice. He also wanted to set a tone for the Eagles' defense.

"I know it's going to be the same thing this year," Williams said. "I just want to go out to camp, play camp, and then we [play a game against] so and so, the itch is back. They're going to get coached up on certain things. You can't show your cards in certain things."

Of course, Williams does not have a say in the matter. And he knows this. He's outspoken about many topics, but he conceded he's only a player and he'll do as he's told.

"I have a lot of things to say about that situation," Williams said, but "I'm Employee 26."

Injury update

Safety Earl Wolff did not participate in team drills even though he was in uniform and coach Chip Kelly said before practice that Wolff would go.

"My thing is I don't want to come out here and hurt myself even worse," said Wolff, who has an undisclosed injury. "I went through the warm-up, and I went through the individual, and I wasn't really feeling it. So I thought it be best to pull myself out."

Wolff expects to return on Sunday.

Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeff Maehl both wore boots on their right foot and were out for practice. Linebacker Jake Knott missed practice with a hamstring injury, and center Julian Vandervelde (back) and running back Chris Polk (hamstring) remain sidelined.

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