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Derrick Williams | Wide Receiver | #15

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 197
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (82) / DET
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Former Lions WR Derrick Williams has signed with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.
A third-round pick of the Lions in 2009, Williams lasted just two years in the NFL. There was never much more than straight-line speed here, which proved to be a problem for a 5'11/197 inside receiver. Fri, Mar 15, 2013 09:19:00 AM

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Steelers signed WR Derrick Williams and CB Walter McFadden to reserve/future contracts.

A third-round pick of the Lions in 2009, Williams notched just nine catches in 18 games before being cut in September following a brutal preseason. If he makes the team in 2012, it will be as a special teamer. The brother of Steelers CB Bryant McFadden and a former fifth-round pick, Walter has made five tackles in four career games.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 12:26:00 PM

Lions WR Derrick Williams dropped back-to-back "perfectly thrown passes" from Drew Stanton in the second quarter of Detroit's preseason opener on Friday.

Williams did make a 32-yard catch one play later, but the performance was not good news for a player that needs to shine to keep his roster spot. Unless the Lions decide he can be an asset on special teams, he'll be gone.
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Derrick Williams' roster spot is in serious jeopardy, according to beat writer Tom Kowalski.

The signing of Rashied Davis likely signals the end of the line for Williams in Detroit. He's lost his return specialist gig to Stefan Logan as well.
Source: MLive.com
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 12:30:00 PM

The Lions are expected to keep only four wide receivers on their active roster in 2011.

Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, and second-round rookie Titus Young are locked in, leaving Derrick Williams to compete with Bryant Johnson, Tim Toone, Michael Moore, and whomever is brought in during free agency. Johnson is almost certainly out at his salary, but Williams will be squarely on the bubble after failing to impress in any of his first two seasons.
Tue, May 31, 2011 11:54:00 AM

Lions placed WR Derrick Williams (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The current Lions regime has done a fine job in the past two drafts, but Williams looms as a third-round bust. Williams caught just three passes for 30 yards this year after producing six catches last season. Billed as an explosive return threat when he entered the league, he didn't field a single kick in 2010. He's guaranteed nothing for 2011.
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 11:12:00 AM

Derrick Williams hasn't done enough to warrant a roster spot, according to the Detroit News.

Not a surprise. Williams, a third-round pick last year, found himself benched on multiple occasions. He isn't ready to contribute as a receiver, and Aaron Brown has emerged as the Lions' top option at kick returner.
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 11:40:00 AM

Lions WR Derrick Williams will have to show some "flash" on returns this summer to make the final roster, according to beat writer Tom Kowalski.

The Lions have added depth at receiver, so Williams will have to outshine Aaron Brown, Dennis Northcutt, and rookie Tim Toone on special teams to make the squad. While he may offer the most upside of that group, he'll have to show major improvement after struggling to find the ball on punts while also losing kickoff return duties in 2009.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Jul 7, 2010 11:54:00 AM

Lions WR Derrick Williams "has to" get better in the return game, according to GM Martin Mayhew.

Williams was a third-round bust as a rookie, fumbling away return duties and contributing just six catches on offense. With the Lions improving their depth at receiver, he may have to outplay Dennis Northcutt to stick around for another shot at both punt and kickoff returns this year.
Sat, May 8, 2010 07:34:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz insisted after the team's Week 17 loss that he isn't ready to give up on rookie WR Derrick Williams.

Williams was benched on multiple occasions in his rookie year, including Sunday after fumbling a kick return. "You've got to count on players improving," Schwartz said. "I wouldn't want to...just give up on a guy (after one year)." The third-round pick finished 2009 with just six catches for 52 yards.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Jan 3, 2010 09:49:00 PM

Lions declared WR Derrick Williams, S Kalvin Pearson, FB Terrelle Smith, LB Ernie Sims, C Melvin Fowler, OT Ephraim Salaam, and DE Dewayne White inactive for Thursday's game against Green Bay.

White's loss is the biggest blow here. He is the Lions' best all-around defensive end. DeAndre Levy will start at weak-side linebacker, as he has been for several weeks. Dennis Northcutt will be Detroit's third receiver.
Thu, Nov 26, 2009 11:28:00 AM

Lions WR/KR Derrick Williams injured his hip while returning a kickoff against the Vikings Sunday.

Williams hasn't been able to get going in the passing game and recorded just two catches Sunday before leaving. His status for Week 11 against the Browns is unknown.
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 11:13:00 AM

The Lions used rookie Derrick Williams as their third receiver in Sunday's loss, with Dennis Northcutt moving down the depth chart.

Northcutt has been a drop machine, just like he was in Cleveland, so the change was deserved. Williams didn't see one target and was outproduced by No. 2 TE Casey FitzSimmons. None of the above are on the fantasy radar.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Nov 8, 2009 11:32:00 PM

Lions rookie WR/KR Derrick Williams had his best game of the season against the Steelers in Week 5.

Williams provided the Lions with improved field position on kickoff returns and made consecutive catches of 18 and 19 yards on the game's final drive. Williams won't be a fantasy option as the Lions' No. 4 receiver.
Tue, Oct 13, 2009 04:55:00 PM

The Lions have promoted rookie Derrick Williams to their starting kickoff returner, replacing Aaron Brown.

"It's time for him to deliver," coach Jim Schwartz said of Williams, who has been inactive to this point. Brown was replaced Sunday by Adam Jennings, but Jennings may go on I.R. after suffering a "significant" ankle injury.
Mon, Oct 5, 2009 03:43:00 PM

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10G.J. Kinne
11Sean Renfree
12B.J. Daniels
13Johnny Manziel
14Charlie Whitehurst
15Jerrod Johnson
16R.J. Archer
17Dylan Thompson
18Cody Fajardo
19Shane Carden
20Griffin Neal
21Marquise Williams
22Max Wittek
23Joe Licata
24McLeod Bethel-Thompson
25Pat Devlin
26Matt Blanchard
27Dan LeFevour
28Austin Trainor
29Jerry Lovelocke
30Chase Rettig
31Chandler Harnish
32Jake Waters
33Dalyn Williams
RB1Joseph Randle
2Zurlon Tipton
3Toby Gerhart
4Alonzo Harris
5LaMichael James
6Jhurell Pressley
7C.J. Spiller
8Dominique Williams
9Joique Bell
10Stevan Ridley
11Anthony Dixon
12Josh Harris
13Brandon Ross
14Zac Stacy
15Brandon Wegher
16Kenneth Harper
17Jawon Chisholm
18Brandon Brown-Dukes
19Jahwan Edwards
20Ross Scheuerman
21Darrin Reaves
22Jerome Smith
23Isaiah Pead
24Dan Herron
25Keshawn Hill
26LaVance Taylor
27Michael Dyer
28Jeremy Stewart
GLB1Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1Erik Lorig
2Emil Igwenagu
3Jorvorskie Lane
4James Casey
5Joe Don Duncan
6Ryan Mueller
7Derrick Coleman
8Tommy Bohanon
9Henry Hynoski
10Sam Bergen
11Brad Smelley
12Jordan Campbell
13Rod Smith
14Patrick Skov
15Soma Vainuku
16John Conner
17Zach Boren
18Kiero Small
19J.C. Copeland
20Joey Iosefa
21Blake Renaud
22Alstevis Squirewell
23Sione Houma
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2Marques Colston
3Jerome Simpson
4Hakeem Nicks
5Josh Morgan
6Jacoby Ford
7Tyler Davis
8Douglas McNeil
9Preston Parker
10Greg Little
11Kris Durham
12Kyle Prater
13Dwayne Bowe
14James Jones
15Kain Colter
16DeAndre Reaves
17Greg Salas
18Keshawn Martin
19Miles Austin
20Reggie Dunn
21Armon Binns
22Carlton Mitchell
23Nick Harwell
24Damian Williams
25Nate Washington
26Joshua Stangby
27Jaxon Shipley
28Zach D'Orazio
29Kenzel Doe
30Jared Dangerfield
31T.J. Graham
32Damaris Johnson
33Robert Herron
34Solomon Patton
35Rashad Lawrence
36Josh Lenz
37Ricky Collins
38Rodney Smith
39Terrell Sinkfield
40Tevin Reese
41Issac Blakeney
42David Porter
43L'Damian Washington
44Richard Mullaney
45Duke Williams
46Josh Harper
47Josh Stewart
48Travis Labhart
49Donatella Luckett
50Jarrett Boykin
51Lance Lewis
52Joseph Anderson
53Quinshad Davis
54Marcus Tucker
55Rashaun Simonise
56Reece Horn
57Devin Lucien
58Tyler Murphy
59Marquez Clark
60Chandler Worthy
61Marlon Moore
62Jeff Beathard
63Tyler McDonald
64Ezell Ruffin
65DaVaris Daniels
66Jamel Johnson
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2Roddy White
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Ryan Whalen
9Joe Morgan
10A.J. Jenkins
11Griff Whalen
12Emory Blake
13Jonathan Krause
14R.J. Harris
15Kevin Smith
16Austin Pettis
17Jacoby Jones
18Onterio McCalebb
19Ryan Broyles
20Nathan Palmer
21Andy Jones
22DeVier Posey
23Shakim Phillips
24Andre Debose
25Tandon Doss
26Mike Brown
27Devante Davis
28Devon Wylie
29Mike Williams
30Jimmie Hunt
31Frankie Hammond
32Jay Lee
33Reggie Bell
34DeAndre Carter
35Brandon Shippen
36Mekale McKay
37Daniel Rodriguez
38A.J. Cruz
39Milton Williams III
40Michael Preston
41Phil Bates
42Valdez Showers
43Amir Carlisle
44Clyde Gates
45Antwan Goodley
46Isiah Ferguson
47James Butler
48Paul McRoberts
49Ryan Lankford
50Kadron Boone
51Marcus Harris
52Juron Criner
53Stephen Hill
54Kashif Moore
55Kenbrell Thompkins
56Saalim Hakim
57Durron Neal
58David Glidden
59Kieran Duncan
60Jarvis Turner
61T.J. Thorpe
62Paul Browning
63Austin Willis
64Titus Davis
65Andre Davis
66Demetrius Wilson
67Josh Reese
68DiAndre Campbell
69Trevor Harman
70Tom Nelson
71Leonard Hankerson
72Chris King
73Trindon Holliday
74Michael Bennett
75Tevin Jones
76Marken Michel
77Christion Jones
78Levi Norwood
79Ed Williams
80Danny Anthrop
WR31Riley Cooper
2Marques Colston
3Chris Givens
TE1Owen Daniels
2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Zach Sudfeld
6Tony Moeaki
7Mickey Shuler
8Beau Gardner
9Michael Cooper
10Matt Spaeth
11Andrew Quarless
12Kyle Miller
13Chase Ford
14Nic Jacobs
15E.J. Bibbs
16Bruce Miller
17Brian Parker
18Orson Charles
19Rob Housler
20Richard Gordon
21Nick Kasa
22Chase Dixon
23Cameron Clear
24Justice Cunningham
25Ryan Malleck
26Steve Maneri
27David Paulson
28Casey Pierce
29Mike McFarland
30Chase Coffman
31Henry Krieger-Coble
32D.J. Williams
33Rob Blanchflower
34Jacob Maxwell
35Anthony Denham
36Jake Murphy
37Rory Anderson
38Ryan Taylor
39Konrad Reuland
40Brett Brackett
41Michael Egnew
42Adrien Robinson
43Jay Rome
44John Peters
45Jake McGee
46J.P. Holtz
47Bryce Williams
48Braxton Deaver
49M.J. McFarland
50Clayton Echard
51Brandon Barden
52Kevin Greene
53Gerell Robinson
54Dan Light
55Jack Tabb
56Jordan Thompson
57Arthur Lynch
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2Dallas Thomas
3Kyle Roberts
4Micah Hatchie
5Jason Fox
6Tyson Chandler
7Rob Crisp
8Reid Fragel
9Eugene Monroe
10Charles Brown
11Cameron Bradfield
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13Cody Booth
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15David Foucault
16Andrew McDonald
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19Taylor Fallin
20Tyler Johnstone
21Matt Feiler
22John Weidenaar
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6Edawn Coughman
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15Chris Watt
16Brian Folkerts
17Matthew Masifilo
18Al Bond
19Lene Maiava
20Jamison Lalk
21Isiah Cage
22Alex Cooper
23Chris Barker
24Garrick Mayweather
25Kaleb Eulls
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3Jacques McClendon
4Drew Nowak
5Garth Gerhart
6Jack Allen
7Manuel Ramirez
8Julian Vandervelde
9Mitchell Bell
10Braxston Cave
11Robert Kugler
12Trevor Robinson
13James Stone
14Reese Dismukes
15Dillon Farrell
16Barrett Jones
17Dalton Freeman
18Ian Silberman
19Mike Matthews
20Ben Clarke
21Brian De La Puente
22Quinton Schooley
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5Garrett Gilkey
6Paul Fanaika
7Ryan Seymour
8Jared Smith
9Will Pericak
10Leon Brown
11Kitt O'Brien
12Darrion Weems
13Jordan Devey
14Geoff Schwartz
15Kadeem Edwards
16Shahbaz Ahmed
17Trip Thurman
18Ryker Mathews
19Boston Stiverson
20Terran Vaughn
21Donovan Williams
22Karim Barton
23Brett Boyko
24Malcolm Bunche
25Adam Replogle
26Antoine McClain
27Blake Muir
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8Bryce Harris
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11Adrian Bellard
12John Kling
13Nick Ritcher
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15Zeth Ramsay
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3Travis Coons
4Josh Brown
5Blair Walsh
6Mike Meyer
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8Justin Manton
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10Ka'imi Fairbairn
11Giorgio Tavecchio
12Marshall Morgan
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15Billy Cundiff
16Jaden Oberkrom
17Nick Rose
18Shaun Suisham
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20Zach Hocker
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25Devon Bell
26Shayne Graham
27Jonathan Brown
28Tom Obarski
29Ty Long