Apparently, 4 cornerbacks tried out for the Giants today, and it appears that 9 year pro Brian Williams has won the CB battle. This will be Williams’ 4th team as a pro, as he had previous stints with the Vikings, Jaguars, and most recently, the Falcons. I don’t know much about Williams, but after some lazy internet scouting, it appears as though he had an awesome 2003 for the Vikings, when he had 5 picks (205 return yards on those 5 INTs), 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 77 tackles, but since 2003 he doesn’t have any years that stand out. He was in on 398 of a possible 937 snaps for the Falcons last year (42%), per Pro Football Focus. Opponents completed 18 of 22 passes thrown Williams’ way last year, also per PFF.
Scouts Inc has this to say about Williams:
Williams has been a quality starting cornerback for virtually his whole career. He is a good-sized corner who is most effective from a press alignment, where he can us his strength to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage or re-route them after the release. He can struggle in off coverage and when asked to read routes or read the quarterback’s eyes to get a jump on the ball, and is not always real strong to the ball when in position to make a play. He lacks great top-end speed and can struggle when he gets behind receivers.
Of course, I should note that Scouts Inc. has him ranked as the 74th best CB in the NFL, so I’m not sure how that translates to him being a “quality starting cornerback.” Then again, we’re talking about the same people that think Terence Newman is a better football player than Michael Vick.
Also trying out for the Giants was Lito Sheppard. My, how Lito has fallen since he starting bitching about his contract to the Eagles a half decade ago.
I guess this is now a Giants blog, by the way.