In the wake of cornerback Ras-I Dowling going down with a thigh injury and being placed on IR, the New England Patriots have promoted defensive back Malcolm Williams from the practice squad to add to the 53-man roster.
It’s assumed that Williams will play in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams in London.
Most of the Patriots fans aren’t too familiar with Malcolm Williams, so here is a little timeline of his career up until now.
He was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school. He attended both Trinity Valley Community College and Texas Christian University during his collegiate years. In his two years at TCU, Williams recorded a total of 22 tackles (15 solo). After college, Williams was drafted in the seventh round (219th overall) by the Patriots in 2011 and has since played in only two games during his professional career. This is his second time being called up to join the team, and his third stint in the Patriots organization after being cut twice in the last year.
While Williams may not have put up the stats in college, he may be better than they numbers say. In high school, Malcolm committed to play for Oklahoma, but was sidelined his senior year due to academic reasons.
By promoting Williams to the roster, he adds to an already depleted passing defense with the only cornerbacks available being Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard and Marquice Cole.
He’ll get to show whether he’s worthy of keeping on the roster for the upcoming season, or if the team will be set to move in another direction.