The much-scrutinized Demetrius Williams aced the first practice of the most important training camp of his NFL career Tuesday. Now he has to do it for 25 more days and 39 more practices to assure the Ravens that he is who they say he is.
If the 26-year-old wide receiver finally is going to escape the shadows and realize his raw potential, he needs to start here, in Westminster, where the need has never been greater, and now, his fourth season.
So far, flashes of brilliance have been tempered by durability issues and an almost-chronic ankle problem. But Williams envisions a breakthrough in a summer when the Ravens are contemplating life after Derrick Mason.
"I've got all that stuff behind me," Williams promised after the first workout for rookies and select veterans at McDaniel College. "Now I'm ready to go out and play."