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Brian Williams | Defensive Back

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 192
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 4 (105) / MIN

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Giants released CB Brian Williams.
Williams was signed as depth when Terrell Thomas (ACL) went down for the season in August. He gets replaced by Justin Tryon, who the Giants signed off the street yesterday. Wed, Oct 5, 2011 10:42:00 AM

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Giants signed CB Brian Williams, formerly of the Falcons.

Williams, 32, served as the Falcons' slot corner for most of last season, beating out Chris Owens for snaps. Covering the slot was going to be one of Terrell Thomas' tasks on passing downs before his ACL tear. Williams struggles in coverage after several knee and leg injuries. He may have to be New York's nickel back for the first month with Prince Amukamara out until Week 5.
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 05:32:00 PM

The Giants worked out free agent CBs Brian Williams and Lito Sheppard, and the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Williams is expected to sign.

Williams is 32 and Sheppard 30. The latter is familiar with a Giants-type defensive scheme after spending most of his career with the Eagles, though Sheppard's performance has fallen off dramatically since those years. Despite his age, Williams has been a more effective player in recent seasons.
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 03:16:00 PM

Falcons declared CB Brian Williams, LB Spencer Adkins, OT Garrett Reynolds, OG Mike Johnson, TE Michael Palmer, DE Lawrence Sidbury, DT Trey Lewis, and third QB John Parker Wilson inactive for the Divisional Round.

Chris Owens will replace Williams at nickel back. Williams was listed as doubtful on the injury report with a knee ailment. Otherwise, Atlanta is healthy. Look for Owens to match up with Donald Driver often in the slot.
Sat, Jan 15, 2011 06:41:00 PM

Falcons nickelback Brian Williams (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Packers.

This one stings. Chris Owens will move into the spotlight against a Packers offense that has used three-wide as a base set. Rookie Dominique Franks will be active as Atlanta's fourth corner.
Fri, Jan 14, 2011 11:47:00 AM

A Monday MRI on Falcons CB Brian Williams' knee revealed no damage.

Williams left Sunday's game against Carolina in the first half and did not return, yet said he'll be able to play in the team's first playoff game. Atlanta has a first-round bye, so the nickel back has an extra week to rest his knee.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 08:34:00 PM

Falcons CB Brian Williams has overtaken Chris Owens as the team's nickel back.

Williams was the one to fill in for the injured Dunta Robinson at right cornerback last week, and he's now supplanted Owens. He registered three tackles in the game despite having to leave for a time with leg cramps.
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 12:37:00 PM

Falcons' beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter has CB Brian Williams "on the roster bubble."

Ledbetter also speculates that Christopher Owens, who has been one of many to see snaps in the absence of Dunta Robinson, will emerge as the nickel back.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010 08:32:00 AM

The Falcons' starting right cornerback job is "wide open" entering training camp.

$57-million free agent signee Dunta Robinson is expected to play a shutdown role at left corner. On the other side of the field, Brian Williams is considered the early favorite, although he is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week Six of 2009. Other candidates include Chevis Jackson, Chris Owens, and Brent Grimes, who led the Falcons with six interceptions last season.
Sat, Jul 17, 2010 10:14:00 AM

Falcons CB Brian Williams (ACL surgery) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Williams tore his knee in Week 6 of last season, meaning he may not be 100 percent in July. He won't be relied upon too heavily anyway with Dunta Robinson locked in as the No. 1 corner. Williams will compete for snaps against Chris Owens and Brent Grimes.
Mon, May 10, 2010 09:24:00 AM

Falcons re-signed CB Brian Williams to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Williams is going on age 31 and tore his ACL in October, but is a longtime pal of coach Mike Smith and wasn't an obvious liability before his injury. Still, he should have a hard time winning back a starting job, assuming the team upgrades its corner situation as planned. Another option would be moving Williams into a third safety/nickel back role if he's able to play at 100%.
Source: FOX Sports
Thu, Mar 4, 2010 02:17:00 PM

Falcons coach Mike Smith confirmed that LCB Brian Williams tore his ACL in Sunday's win. He'll be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Brent Grimes will take over. Williams' season ends with 18 tackles, one pick, and three pass breakups in five starts. He was a reliable cover man and versed in Smith's scheme, so it's a pretty big loss. Atlanta does have talented backups, but Grimes and Jackson will have to step up their performance. Williams was on a one-year deal and may not return in 2010 at age 31.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 03:58:00 PM

Falcons CB Brian Williams is out for the year after tearing his ACL in Sunday's win over the Bears, according to Alex Marvez of

It's a big blow to the Falcons' defense. Williams went up with Greg Olsen on a late-game fade pattern but came down very awkwardly on his leg. Williams will likely be replaced by Brent Grimes at left corner, with Chevis Jackson and rookie Chris Owens getting more snaps in nickel packages.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 12:18:00 PM

Falcons CB Brian Williams left Sunday night's game with a right knee injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the contest.

Williams made an excellent play on an end-zone fade to Bears TE Greg Olsen, but landed awkwardly on the way down and his knee buckled. It'd be a huge blow to the Falcons' defense if he's forced to miss a few weeks.
Sun, Oct 18, 2009 11:04:00 PM

Newly signed CB Brian Williams is starting for the Falcons over Brent Grimes in Week 1.

This doesn't say much for Grimes or the other Falcons corners. Ted Ginn will likely be matched up with Chris Houston, so Greg Camarillo will draw Williams in coverage. Inactive for the Falcons: QB John Parker Wilson, CB Tye Hill, S William Moore, LB Spencer Adkins, OT Will Svitek, OT Garrett Reynolds, and DT Trey Lewis.
Sun, Sep 13, 2009 12:30:00 PM

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