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Dan Williams: I didn’t work out hard during the lockout

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Some NFL players pushed themselves just as hard during the lockout as they would have if they had been working out at the team facilities and attending minicamps. Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams is not one of those players.

Williams, the Cardinals’ 2010 first-round draft pick, has been criticized by the coaching staff for showing up to training camp out of shape and overweight at 334 pounds. And he acknowledged that he didn’t put himself through the kinds of workouts that Cardinals strength coach John Lott puts the players through.

“I’ll be the first one to say, I didn’t work out like a John Lott workout,” Williams said. “I should have done more. Next year, I’ll know the proper steps and I’ll put this behind me. . . . I messed up and it won’t happen again.”

Williams says part of his problem in training camp is that Flagstaff, Arizona, is 7,000 feet above sea level.

I’m not in football shape and 7,000-foot elevation doesn’t really help, but for the most part, I feel good,” Williams said.”

As a rookie Williams played in 15 games but was never in the starting lineup. The Cardinals’ coaches say it’s past time for Williams to start contributing the way they thought he would when they spent a first-round draft pick on him.

“I need more out of him,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. “We need him to get into shape, and we need more out of him.”

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16 Responses to “Dan Williams: I didn’t work out hard during the lockout”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:32 AM

    As a Seahawks fan who lives in Albuquerque, I’d be really happy to drive up I-40 for a few hours just to buy that man a box of Krispy Kremes.

  2. weightshakes says: Aug 18, 2011 8:38 AM

    Zumba Fitness would have done wonders for him.

  3. cobibones13 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:44 AM

    Spoken like a true 1st round bust.

  4. richm2256 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:48 AM

    The Cardinals’ coaches say it’s past time for Williams to start contributing the way they thought he would when they spent a first-round draft pick on him.
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    Lazy.

  5. essentialsausage says: Aug 18, 2011 8:51 AM

    I’m ESPN. P90X would have done wonders for him. Did I mention how awesome P90X is. P90X.

  6. jenniferxxx says: Aug 18, 2011 9:01 AM

    … or before … or after. Oink oink oink !!!

  7. talkintrashallday says: Aug 18, 2011 9:22 AM

    how can he work out during the lockout? Don’t Bears go into hibernation?

  8. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:42 AM

    I thought the Ravens should’ve picked him when he was available late in the first round. I’ll just stick to my day job.

  9. drgfri says: Aug 18, 2011 9:53 AM

    How incredibly overpaid are these guys?

  10. MichaelEdits says: Aug 18, 2011 9:54 AM

    JaMarcus, Dan. Dan, JaMarcus.

  11. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 18, 2011 9:54 AM

    If you look carefully at the picture accompanying this story you can see Williams ordering several pizzas “with everything”.

  12. mfrazie says: Aug 18, 2011 9:55 AM

    Amazing that the Ravens passed over this guy and still wound up getting Terrence Cody in the second round.

    Before the 2010 draft, everyone was talking about Cody’s weight problem. Dan Williams was considered a 1st round prospect and Cody wasn’t… mostly due to weight concerns.

    Cody lost a bunch of weight during the lockout and is now starting on the Ravens defense. Williams was a first round pick and can’t stay in shape.

    Wow… Cody was a steal.

  13. oxnardcalif says: Aug 18, 2011 9:55 AM

    fat or not he will still dominate frisco, the c-gals, and the lambs

  14. thephantomstranger says: Aug 18, 2011 9:56 AM

    Maybe Dan and Bryant McKinnie could get together over a side of beef.

  15. granadafan says: Aug 18, 2011 11:03 AM

    All contracts should be one year and heavily incentive laden

  16. thingamajig says: Aug 18, 2011 11:25 AM

    Lousy reporting job. You failed to mention that the Cards had his target weight for reporting to camp at 328. He was only 6 pounds over. Out of shape yes, way over weight no. Not a BFD.

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