Jacquian Williams wants to be Giants' rock on defense

Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams watches action during training

Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams watches action during training camp. (July 30, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

At first Jacquian Williams gave the usual sound bite about just trying to make the team, but when he was called on it, he fessed up. Is that really what his goal is this training camp?

"To be honest, no, it's not," Williams said.

The third-year linebacker has his sights set higher than being one of 53. He wants to be Number One out of 53. A defensive leader. The every-down linebacker who stays in against runs, passes, options, pistols and whatever an offense can throw at the Giants.

"I heard a quote, [that] Ray Lewis said, 'What team takes out the general?' " Williams said. "My goal is to be the guy that we can count on, the guy that you count on you never take him out. I don't want to come out. I want to be the guy they need, the guy they call on, the guy they can trust. That's the goal. With respect to all the other linebackers, I'll do whatever I have to do to be that guy."

Williams led the Giants in special teams tackles as a rookie, but last year he missed six games with an injury to his PCL. He's been playing with the second unit so far in training camp, although he took a few snaps with the starters on Monday and was in with the first team in the nickel package.

 

Giant steps

Despite a lackluster season in 2012 and a $3-million pay cut this offseason, CB Corey Webster believes he can rebound. "I still think I'm one of the best," Webster said. "I think I'm a great cornerback." . . . Third-year LB Mark Herzlich scoffed at the idea of his path to a starting job being the culmination of a three-year journey. "It's been 25 years in the making," he said . . . After a day off from practice Wednesday, the Giants are scheduled to work in full pads Thursday.

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