PHILADLEPHIA - Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis agreed with CB Cary Williams' assessment that the defense needs to establish an aggressive, nasty attitude.

But the way to do that is by playing, not talking.

"Every defense in the NFL wants to be feared and respected," Davis said Monday. "But the only way to get there is not through words and talking about it. It's by putting on the pads and mastering your trade."

Davis was responding to comments Williams made after Sunday's practice, in which he cited the need to establish a "nasty" culture similar to the one he enjoyed while playing for Baltimore.

But he hasn't had a chance to back it up since joining the Eagles, however. Williams has made it through just four practices since training camp began about three weeks ago. He was sidelined with a strained hamstring and also got ejected for fighting during a joint workout with New England last week.

Williams said he got into a skirmish on purpose as a response to the Patriots' trash talking.

"I spoke to coach Kelly about what I said," Williams said Monday. "I didn't mean to cause him any grief. I wasn't trying to be a jerk about it. I'm a team player."

In other news Monday, rookie S Earl Wolff worked with the first-team defense in place of Nate Allen, but Davis said Allen will be back with the starters on Tuesday.

OG Danny Watkins missed Monday's practice after the athletic training staff diagnosed him with a concussion. Nate Menkin took the reps with the first offense at right guard.

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