Buffalo Bills Sign 4th-Round Pick, Safety Michael “Duke” Williams

Duke Williams

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It was announced late last night that the Buffalo Bills and fourth-round pick Michael “Duke” Williams out of the University of Nevada Wolfpack came to terms on his rookie contract. Once again terms haven’t been announced, but educated guess on his deal is that it’s four years and worth about $2.58 million.

What the Bills are getting out of Williams is a tough, mean, hard-hitting safety who would have went higher if he went to a bigger college and would have likely not made it past round two in the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams is a gutsy safety who isn’t shy about laying the lumber on wide receivers or tight ends. When you see him on the field, his sprinting past becomes obvious.

In addition, Williams will not be an interception machine like now-teammate free safety Jairus Byrd, but he will put opponents into the ground. In his senior year, he amassed 106 tackles with 5.5 of them for a loss, and he even forced three fumbles and recovered one as well.

Williams has some drawbacks to his game. With his intensity comes a short fuse which can get him into trouble on the field via penalties and biting hard on play-action passes too much. Also, he has been in trouble off the field as well, but the last incident was in December of 2011. Hopefully, that will be the end of the incidents now that he’s a professional and getting paid to do what fans would do for free.


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