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New York Giants Training Camp Preview: DB Jarren Williams

Jarren Williams is undertaking a position switch to increase his chances of sticking on the Giants' roster.

If nothing else, New York Giants defensive back Jarren Williams is determined to make it in the NFL, even if it means starting from scratch.

Williams, who played his college ball at the University of New York at Albany, the former summer home of the Giants, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals following the 2020 draft. Due to the pandemic, which forced NFL teams to trim their rosters from 90 men down to 80 before the start of training camp, Williams never made it to training camp with the Cardinals.

No matter as about a week after Arizona cut him, Wiliams landed on his feet with the Giants, who signed him on August 2. Although he didn't make the 53-man roster out of the chute, Williams showed enough intrigue and promise to earn a spot on the team's practice squad and got better each week, receiving a standard elevation late in the season (Weeks 14 and 15) when the Giants were short-handed at cornerback.

His second stint with the Giants was a little bumpier. He landed on injured reserve and was waived on August 21 but returned to the practice squad in late September. He was elevated to the 53-man roster, twice as a standard elevation due to an injury suffered by Adoree' Jackson, and once as a COVID-19 replacement before finally being promoted to the 53-man roster full time on December 20.

For his third stint with the Giants, Williams is undertaking a position switch, moving inside to safety and still as determined as ever to make it in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rushes with pressure from New York Giants cornerback Jarren Williams (34) in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in East Rutherford.
Defensive back Jarren Williams.
Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants cornerback Jarren Williams (34) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (84) during the first half at Soldier Field.


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