Duke Williams (wide receiver)

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Duke Williams
No. 82 – Buffalo Bills
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California [1]
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Reserve (LA) East St. John
College: Auburn
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • CFL All-Star – 2018
  • CFL West All-Star – 2018
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2020
Receptions:12
Receiving yards:166
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Receptions:134
Receiving yards:2,294
Receiving touchdowns:15
Player stats at CFL.ca

D'haquille "Duke" Williams (born May 13, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Auburn. After going undrafted and spending the 2016 offseason with the Los Angeles Rams, he made his professional debut in 2017 with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Williams became one of the CFL's most dominant receiving threats, leading the league in receiving in 2018, before deciding to come back to the United States for another shot at playing in the NFL. He signed with the Bills in 2019.

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High school career

Williams attended East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana, where he played high school football. As a senior, he had 1,495 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns.

College career

Williams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 2012 to 2013. In two years, he had 118 receptions for 2,028 yards and 26 touchdowns. [2]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, [3] Williams was listed as the No. 1 junior college prospect in 2014. [4] He originally committed to Louisiana State University but changed to Auburn University. [5] [6]

In his first game at Auburn, Williams had nine receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. [7] He was dismissed from Auburn on October 6, 2015 for a unidentified violation of team rules, later AL.com reported that Williams punched four people at a bar. It was also noted that he would no longer attend Auburn for academics. Williams in 2015 finished with 12 catches for 147 yards and one touchdown.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeightArm lengthHand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2 14 in
(1.89 m)
229 lb
(104 kg)
12 in
(0.01 m)
14 in
(0.01 m)
4.72 s4.47 s7.43 s30 in
(0.76 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL combine [8]

Los Angeles Rams

On May 10, 2016, Williams signed a 3-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Rams as part of final roster cuts. [9]

Edmonton Eskimos

Williams signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) before the 2017 season. Williams caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown against the BC Lions in his professional regular season debut. [10] Williams went on to have a strong first season in the CFL, catching 46 passes for 508 yards with two touchdowns. Williams became a star player in the CFL in 2018, earning a Top Performers of the Month designation for the months of June and July and ultimately finished the season with the most receiving yards in the league with 1,579. On January 5, 2019, Williams was released by the Edmonton Eskimos in order to pursue NFL opportunities. [11] [12]

Buffalo Bills

On January 7, 2019, Williams signed with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. [13] Williams played in all four preseason games for the Bills, catching eight passes for 78 yards with two touchdowns. He was released during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019 and was signed to the practice squad the next day. [14] [15] On October 5, 2019, Williams was promoted to the active roster. [16] He caught 4 passes for 29 yards and the game winning touchdown in a 14–7 Bills win over the Tennessee Titans on October 6, 2019. [17] After suffering a shoulder injury against the Miami Dolphins in week 7, Williams was deactivated for the rest of the season until week 17 when the Bills rested numerous starters against the New York Jets, having already clinched a playoff berth. Williams caught six passes for 108 yards during the 13–6 loss. [18]

Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Bills on July 29, 2020. [19] He was activated on August 9, 2020. [20] Williams was waived as part of final roster cuts on September 5, 2020, but was re-signed to the practice squad the next day. [21] He was elevated to the active roster on October 24 and January 8, 2021, for the team's week 7 and wild card playoff games against the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts, and reverted to the practice squad after each game. [22] [23] On January 26, 2021, Williams signed a reserves/futures contract with the Bills. [24]

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