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Greedy Williams soaking up Steve Wilks' defensive scheme during OTAs

Denzel Ward spoke Wednesday of visions of a cornerback tandem comprised of he and rookie Greedy Williams.

It sounds even more possible after hearing Williams speak about his acclimation to the pro game.

Sure, it's only May and the Browns are working through the instruction-laden organized team activities period, but Williams isn't flummoxed by the defensive scheme of coordinator Steve Wilks. The reason? He's been devouring tape every morning before practice.

"In college, me and my coach, we always were at it in the film room, so I kind of understood more in the film room," Williams said during an appearance on Cleveland Browns Daily this week. "Just coming here and just translating that over, me and (defensive backs) coach (Dewayne Walker), we in there every morning, 6:45, we in there every morning. We're just talking football the whole time, probably like a good 45 minutes of straight football. That helped me out very well and I picked up on the playbook pretty fast. I think I'm ready to rock and roll."

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Understanding the new scheme in which a player is placed is key for a rookie's chances of success. The quicker you learn, the better your chances to get on the field early and often. Williams has found he fits well into what Wilks is teaching.

"His defense, I feel like I adjust to it very well and he puts us in great positions to make plays," Williams said. "His defense is nice."

Another part of the adjustment process is teaching the mind which ingrained techniques need to be forgotten, and which need to be added. A lot of that starts with the feet, especially for cornerback, where one missed step could result in catastrophic defeat. That's not just true for rookies, but all players learning under a new coaching staff. Williams understands the importance of being a technique sponge.

"You gotta definitely take the technique that they telling you serious," Williams said, "because trying something else will get you killed out there."

Williams has a good group from whom he can learn: Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Phillip Gaines and a host of veterans with cornerback experience, such as current safety Damarious Randall. He'll also be able to talk trash with those teammates as competitions heat up in the summer.

For now, though, he's all about asking questions and talking ball. He might need that wisdom come August.

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