Over the weekend, the Buffalo Bills signed D’haquille “Duke” Williams according to TSN. (The Bills confirmed the report Monday afternoon.) The Edmonton Eskimos released him so he could pursue opportunities in the NFL. This will be Williams’s second attempt at making an NFL roster, after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016.
Williams was one of the top junior college recruits and eventually made his way to Auburn University. He spent a season-and-a-half with the team before being dismissed for an incident he was involved in at a bar. He finished his Auburn career with 57 catches for 877 yards and six touchdowns through 15 games.
After his short stint with the Rams, the CFL came calling and Williams rejuvenated his career. 2018 was the best season of his career. He caught 88 passes for 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns, bar none the best receiver in the CFL last season.
Williams was on the positive side of a meme that took football Twitter by storm in October, where he bullied an opponents’ defensive back after the player tried to taunt him before a play.
The biggest trash talk whiff in football history pic.twitter.com/VsCqSYgJXL— Someone's An Idiot (@SomeonesAnIdiot) October 20, 2018
While the Bills’ current receiving corps isn't top-notch at the moment, this off-season will be a retooling for the position. Williams is an unlikely character to make an impact, but in that receiver room right now, anything can happen.