After Jacquian Williams tracked him down early in their first meeting, Michael Vick acknowledged it and initiated the rookie into his exclusive circle of worthy "spies."
"That first play when I chased him out, I didn't realize he was going to get upfield that fast," Williams said after the Sept. 25th meeting in Philly. "He shook my hand and told me 'good job.' So I'm pretty sure he knows I'm kind of fast, too."
Charged with keeping tabs on the NFL's all-time leading rushing quarterback, Williams led the team with 10 tackles that day, all of which were solo. The South Florida product got to Vick on two of his seven rushes in the 29-16 Giants' victory at Lincoln Financial (Vick ran for 37 yards in the game).
"It was a big game," Williams recalled during Wednesday's locker room session. "It was 10 tackles, you don't always get 10 tackles."
Williams has been adamant all week about wanting another go at him, but he might not get the opportunity with Vick not practicing as he nurses a pair of broken ribs. Even if Vick was healthy, Williams' role of spying on him might have changed with the uncertain status of Michael Boley.
"Just playing against [Vick], I got the feel of the game," Williams said. "So I understand kind of how they play. Vick is a good player so hopefully he plays. But I really don't pay attention to that game. I had a good game then, but I probably won't have the same responsibilities as I did that game."
Alluding to Boley's injury, more will be on the plate for the first-year linebackers.
"Mike Boley is the quarterback of our defense," Williams said. "He's a big loss, but as rookies, we've just got to talk more, communicate and understand what's going on – fit gaps and just be disciplined."
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