After his strong Week 1 performance against the Redskins that included two tackles, a sack, and a diving interception, some Eagles fans seemed like they were softening on their stance with Williams.
Well that all changed Sunday.
Williams, like the rest of the secondary, struggled against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. He only defended one pass but was involved in six tackles. The most glaring number from Williams' Sunday stat line was three - the number of pass interference penalties for which he was whistled.
To Williams' defense, one of the calls was a phantom call in which he played the receiver clean. The other two? Man, they were bad. Williams was draped all over the receiver on one call and he had a fistful, and I mean fistful, of Malcom Floyd's jersey as he went up to defend the pass. People make mistakes but c'mon, that's bad.
CSN Philly's Reuben Frank reports that, despite the penalties, Williams has no desire to change the way he plays the game citing that "sometimes you're going to get calls, sometimes you're not." While it is true to a point, Williams needs to be more careful. There were a few plays against the Redskins and a few non-calls against the Chargers that Williams might've gotten away with so it balanced itself out.
At the end of the day, the Chargers got four first downs from Eagles penalties - for three of them they can thank Williams. Crucial third down mistakes leading to automatic first downs is going to come back to haunt you and it did on Sunday.
If the Eagles can pick themselves up and make some adjustments, they might be alright but if they keep making the same mistakes over and over (looking at you, Cary), then it could be a long season.
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