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Tramon Williams Could Start At Cornerback

Posted Oct 16, 2017

Notes: Arians said veteran needs to be on field more; Runs more fun to call; Defensive line injuries

Cardinals cornerback Tramon Williams, who had an interception Sunday, could find himself in the starting lineup.

Tramon Williams got the big interception Sunday, setting up what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown for the Cardinals.

The veteran cornerback may just end up in the starting lineup now.

“We’ll see,” coach Bruce Arians said of the possibility Monday.

Arians added that Williams, signed in training camp, has a chance to unseat Justin Bethel as the starter opposite Patrick Peterson. In any case, “he needs to play more,” Arians said.

Later during his appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7, Arians said he and Williams had long talk last week and that he has emphasized to defensive coaches that whether Williams starts or not, “we’ve got to get this guy out there.”

Williams said there has not been a direct conversation but "I would always hope so.

"Obviously that’s what I came here to do," Williams added. "I came here to play. We’ve got a group of veterans, guys that can play all over the field. Hopefully I can get utilized somewhere.”

Arians did say Bethel should not have allowed the late 37-yard touchdown throw to receiver Mike Evans that allowed the Bucs to shave the lead to a single score.

“Justin had no business being beat deep in that situation, with that lead and playing zone coverage,” Arians said.

Williams, 34, played 30 snaps against the Bucs, because Peterson left with quad tendon soreness. In the Cards’ first five games of the season, Williams had been inactive one game, active but didn’t play a snap in two others, and played seven total defensive snaps in the other two games.

Pro Football Focus had the Bucs’ passing rating at 21.7 when throwing Williams’ direction Sunday, on a total of five targets.

“Throughout the season you have to maintain being a professional, and that’s preparing every week as if you’re going to play, even though you may only play a few snaps here and there,” Williams said. “You have to be a professional and be ready when the time comes. I’ve been in the league for 11 years, so I know what being a professional is.”

RUN GAME FUN FOR B.A.

Behind Adrian Peterson, the Cardinals averaged 4.6 yards a carry in the run game Sunday, a significant jump over the 2.6 yards a carry the team had averaged in the first five weeks of the season.

“We were getting 0, 1, 2 (yards per carry previously), these were 3, 4 and 5 when they weren’t blocked very well,” Arians said. “The first play of the game was the flea-flicker and they changed coverages and Carson (Palmer) audibled out and I’m thinking, ‘We’ll probably get three.’ Then it was second-and-3. That’s a lot better feeling.”

XAVIER WILLIAMS SORE, PIERRE MAYBE, NKEMDICHE SHOULD BE BACK

The defensive line has some players in flux with injuries. Arians said Robert Nkemdiche (calf) should be back this week and Olsen Pierre (ankle) has progressed quickly and will be a game-time decision. Xavier Williams has a sore MCL, Arians said, similar to the issue Corey Peters was dealing with last week. Peters played Sunday.

Arians did acknowledge he is concerned about the long plane flight to London and how it could impact both Xavier Williams’ and Peterson’s injuries and possible swelling. Peterson has a quad tendon injury, one that Arians said he could’ve finished the game with but was taken out as a precaution.

“We will see where we are with that,” Arians said.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

The Cardinals released practice squad linebacker Vontarrious Dora Monday, and re-signed defensive lineman Peli Anau to the practice squad. Anau was with the team during training camp.

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