In two weeks the Philadelphia Eagles will share three combined practices with the New England Patriots. It’s not unusual for NFL teams to do this, it helps relieve the boredom of having to hit the same guys over and over for weeks during training camp, and provides some sterner competition to get ready for the season.
One Eagle is not a fan of the idea, though, and he’s not exactly one to hold his peace.
Cornerback Cary Williams recently told Philly.com that he doesn’t want to practice against the Pats because they’re cheaters:
“They’re cheaters … I know you’re going to be looking at the (Eagles practice) film when we go out there … we’ll be watching film of them. I don’t want to show them my cards. That’s just me.”
— RSN (@RewardSportsNet) August 2, 2014
Williams is of course referring to the incident where the Patriots were caught by the NFL for illegally filming another team’s defensive signals. Head coach Bill Bellichick was fined half a million dollars and New England was fined $250,000 by the NFL and forfeited a first round draft pick (this was in 2008.)
While Williams was careful to add that he respects everything the Patriots have done as an organization, he did add this:
“I give them all the credit in the world. But one fact still remains, they haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught.”