Tight end is an evolving position in the NFL, and it is an important one when it comes to the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick finally signed another one in D.J. Williams, and this signing is hard not to like.
Williams is a 25-year-old tight end who has previously played for the Green Bay Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played his college football at the University of Arkansas and ended up being a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Many scouts thought that Williams was a steal by Packers general manager Ted Thompson, though Williams’ tenure in Green Bay was obviously a short one.
Then Williams was waived by Jaguars GM David Caldwell, who oversees what is arguably the worst team in the league. That does not look good on the old resume, but Williams is still just 25 years old with pass-catching talent. He has good size at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds and can play the H-back role that has been left vacant since the departure of Aaron Hernandez.
These ideas are most likely pipe dreams as Williams will probably not see the field. He has not been with the team very long, and the coaches would probably be worried that Williams does not know the offense that well. However, it wouldn’t hurt to get Williams on the field for a couple of snaps when Josh McDaniels calls for the two-tight end offense. Williams would complement Rob Gronkowski, who is more of a classic in-line tight end.
With Michael Hoomanawanui out for this upcoming game, that only leaves Williams and Matthew Mulligan behind Gronkowski on the depth chart. Hopefully Williams can steal snaps away from Mulligan, who has been ineffective thus far. This is likely the last significant chance that the talented tight end will get.
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.