- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ASHBURN — It seems as if every other week, the Washington Redskins are looking for a player that has enough experience under his belt that he won’t falter when called on at a moment’s notice.

That’s the way it goes when 15 players end up on injured reserve in one season — the latest being rookie free safety Kyshoen Jarrett, who sustained a neck injury last week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Quickly needing depth for Sunday’s wild-card round game against the Green Bay Packers, the Redskins turned to eighth-year cornerback Cary Williams, who was cut by the Seattle Seahawks a month ago.

Williams, who has started 74 games since 2011, also played in the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 — valuable experience as the Redskins embark on their first playoff game in three years.

“We needed another veteran guy and he fits the same mold as [Will] Blackmon, Mason Foster and Alex Smith — guys that have played a lot of football where this game won’t be too big for them, that they can come in and play significant reps and not be overwhelmed with the terminology or competition,” coach Jay Gruden said on Wednesday. “He’s a very confident corner.”

The absence of Jarrett, who played both nickelback and free safety, leaves a big void in the secondary. Gruden said that Williams will play outside, which could lead to Blackmon playing the slot — something he has done for the Redskins this season. Where Williams fits in also depends on the health of cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who was inactive last week against the Cowboys with a quadriceps injury and was limited in Wednesday’s practice.

“We’re working through that right now,” Gruden said. “Today was an introductory day, really, getting them out there, getting them lined up, introducing Cary to the defense and finding out who’s going to play where.”

Though Williams only has five days to prepare, he is confident he’ll be able to contribute on Sunday.

“That’s the great thing about this situation here, is that I’ve heard some of the terminology, I’ve known some of the defensive schemes that we’ve been playing, practicing thus far this week,” Williams said. “I feel comfortable, so that’s a good thing.”

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