With Austin Collie gone, Bill Belichick felt that he had bring in another wide receiver to play for his New England Patriots. The name of that wide receiver is LaQuan Williams and the fame should be “special teams.”
Williams hasn’t done much but play special teams in his short tenure in the NFL. He was an undrafted free agent in 2011 who opted to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. Williams spent his first two seasons in Baltimore, catching only four passes for 46 yards. He didn’t play on offense much because he was an ineffective at the wide receiver position.
Misfortune struck right before the 2013 regular season started as Williams suffered a hamstring in the preseason finale. That injury resulted in Williams being waived. He passed through waivers unclaimed and has remained unsigned until just yesterday. There’s a reason for that.
Williams simply has not cut it while playing on offense. Hopefully that’s not the plan with him as Williams’ presence there would stunt the growth of rookie Patriots wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce. Those two guys need to play more for anyone to know what they’re truly capable of. Williams is just a retread who really didn’t make that much of an impact in his first stop.
Most likely Williams is being used as the special teams wide receiver while Matt Slater recovers from a fractured wrist, but that does not mean that Belichick should dress Williams over Thompkins and Boyce. There are plenty of good special teams players on the Patriots to make the potential absence of Williams negligible.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.