Cornerback Rodarius Williams
August 6, 2021
Q: Quite a day again for you, Rodarius. Talk about how camp is going for you.
A: Camp is going well. Just showing up and learning from everyone every day. Each day I’m learning something new from coaches and from people in the room. Just taking it day by day.
Q: (Defensive Back Coach) Jerome Henderson mentioned yesterday that you’re always telling him you want to go against the first team. He said you’ve got to calm down, you’re still a rookie, but today you got a chance to go against those guys. How much of that is a part of your personality, wanting to go against the best and how do you feel like you did?
A: It just put a fire inside me competitively and I think every DB had the same fire underneath their butt in the room. We’re a deep group, so everybody is looking for their one opportunity. Every day, I just show up and take advantage of whatever opportunity I get. I’m in Coach’s ear like, ‘Coach, I’m ready.’ Whenever my moment comes, I’m going to take advantage of it.
Q: Take us through that interception. What do you make of that? What were you thinking on that play?
A: Mainly I was just thinking read the little hook and as soon as I brought up the hands just turn the jets on and undercut it and look for the ball. That’s something that we go over in film every day on the deep over routes and stuff like that because we’re going to get in guys’ faces and play man, so just gotta do what Coach says and come out with a reward.
Q: Rodarius, given the personalities in the secondary and in the DB room, do you think you need to be as vocal and as confident as you are, that if you go out there and you’re quiet you kind of get swallowed up with all those big guys?
A: Oh, definitely. I feel like in this game, you definitely gotta go out there and show guys you’re not scared. You go out there quiet as a mouse, they’re going to feel like they’ve got the upper hand on you, so I’m definitely going out there even though I’m a rookie and showing them, like, you gotta beat me at the end of the day.
Q: On that (Safety) Jabrill (Peppers) interception to Shepard, did you get a hand on that pass?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: A lot of rookies say that they’re kind of spinning, that things are moving kind of fast. How do you feel?
A: I’m definitely not where I want to be, but we definitely take it each day at a time and getting better. Each day, I go in the film room and I don’t only watch the good plays, I watch every play that my technique is bad and stuff like that. There’s mental errors. Just learning from (CB) James (Bradberry) and learning from (CB) Adoree’ (Jackson), small technique issues that I’m working on every day.
Q: What did you think when you found out that you guys were going to be spending a few days going against Cleveland?
A: It’s awesome, man. It’s going to be the first time next week getting to see my brother. I’m really excited to get up there with him, watch the work that he put in. Definitely going to be learning from him some more and trying to take my game as far as I can.
Q: When was the last time you guys were on the same field? Were you guys high school teammates?
A: Yeah, since high school. Definitely offseason training like that, but definitely going to be a thrill to see him on the field.
Q: What was offseason training like? Since you got drafted, did you guys train together?
A: Yeah, we train together every offseason, just working with each other.
Q: You gonna give your receivers some tips on how to beat (Browns Cornerback) Greedy (Williams)?
A: No, you know, it’s good with the Giants. We’ll deal with that later.
Q: Are you going to ask (Head) Coach (Joe Judge) to play offense for a play?
A: I ain’t moving up the chart that far, but definitely I’m enjoying this process. I’m happy with where I’m at and I’m happy the Giants gave me this opportunity, and every day putting one foot in front of the other.
Q: Have you and Greedy talked smack about whose team is better?
A: Oh, yeah. We’re definitely going to talk stuff every day. Even right now in camp, I’m letting him know like, yeah, I’m here.
Q: What are you going to tell him about today?
A: Oh, he already knows what’s coming. He already knows. But it’s definitely good to have a brother over there who everybody knows. They know Greedy is going to make plays and now it’s my turn, simple as that.
Q: Is there a part of you as a sixth-round pick that does feel like you have to come out here and prove yourself?
A: I feel like even if I was a first rounder, it’s the same mentality. At the end of the day, it’s me versus me. I’m out there in control of what I do on the field, so every day put one foot in front of the other.
Q: ‘Greedy’ is kind of a name that jumps off the page. Do you ever have the urge to pick up a nickname of your own?
A: Oh, yeah. We’re definitely moving in the right direction right now, but I’m proud of the confidence he had and like I said, I’m in the loop playing now. All I can do is just go up from here.
Q: What’s your nickname?
A: Ain’t got one yet. We’re all in the room working on something fly.
Q: You sure you want to leave it to those guys to come up with a nickname for you?
A: I trust those guys. I feel like they’re going to give me something kind of swaggy.
Q: Just don’t let it be ‘Generous.’
A: Oh, no, no, no.
Q: Does your mom think you’re a better corner than Greedy?
A: I don’t know. It’s a tough question, I feel like you just have to ask her about it. She’d probably say both of those guys are my babies.