The honeymoon is over. The dental work has set. And the sconces have been picked out.
Cary Williams, who missed about three weeks of organized team activities in the spring, was among the first veteran Eagles to report for training camp.
Defensive backs coach John Lovett said that the cornerback reported Tuesday and was the first from his position group to arrive at the NovaCare Complex.
"I was in my office with [assistant defensive backs coach] Todd [Lyght] watching cut-ups and all of a sudden Cary walks in," Lovett said Thursday. "I was like, 'What are you doing here?' "
Williams, who was unavailable for comment, made some waves in May when he skipped OTAs. The workouts were voluntary. But some questioned the 28-year-old's commitment, considering he was new to the team and the Chip Kelly-led Eagles were undergoing a makeover.
"I think he might have missed three weeks," Lovett said. "I wish he hadn't missed three weeks. He missed three weeks and he had a lot of things going on in his personal life that he had to take care of."
Williams got married in May, went on a honeymoon, and missed the first week of OTAs. He wasn't present for workouts in April because he had dental work done and was building a home. And then in late May, he missed the last OTA to attend his daughter's dance recital in Tennessee.
Lovett said the dental work was probably what kept him away most.
"He got implants put in," Lovett said. "So when you get an implant put in it's a little bit of a process. . . . He didn't want to be out here jostling it."
Williams was present for a three-day mandatory minicamp in June. When he showed up and was asked about the absences he defended his reasons and stressed the importance he places on his family.
He also spoke about the building of his home, and perhaps with tongue in cheek, mentioned that he had sconces to pick out.
"He was probably just tired of dealing with all the questions," Lovett said. "And he just threw that out and everybody took it and ran with it."
Stoutland on Peters
Jeff Stoutland spent his whole coaching career in college, but he watched plenty of the NFL, especially one Eagles tackle.
"I'm going to be honest with you, when I first came here I was like, 'All right, I'm coaching NFL players,' " the new Eagles offensive line coach said. "Jason Peters - I've been studying his film since he entered the league with the Buffalo Bills in his rookie year."
"I coached my players in college off of his pro film," Stoutland said. "I got Buffalo Bills film in my office filled with Jason Peters set lines. Ask any of the players I coached at Alabama, Miami, Michigan State. I teach the left tackle off of what he was [doing].
"So they would all joke with me when I was coming here. [Tackle] Cyrus Kouandjio at Alabama says, 'Hey, what are you going to do, show Jason Peters the Jason Peters film?' "
Azzinaro on Curry
Vinny Curry is the only defensive end from last season who did not play outside linebacker in the spring. He actually went the opposite direction and put on weight so he can play in the new scheme. Defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro said that Curry is playing the position he's always played.
"Vinny Curry was drafted here as a defensive lineman," Azzinaro said. "That's what he's doing. He's playing defensive end."