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Aaron Williams | Defensive Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 199
College: Texas
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The Bills' website confirms Aaron Williams will move to free safety this season.
With Jairus Byrd gone, Williams will be moved over from strong safety. Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da'Norris Searcy are competing to start at the opposite safety spot. Williams has 4.55 speed and should be able to make the transition without issue. The safety roles are interchangeable in Jim Schwartz's defense. Jun 28 - 4:39 PM

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Bills.com writer Chris Brown considers Aaron Williams a candidate to move to free safety this season.

Williams played almost exclusively at strong safety last year, but should be able to make the transition given his athleticism as a converted cornerback. Barring an upgrade in the draft, the Bills are expected to let Corey Graham, Jonathan Meeks, and Duke Williams compete for one of their safety jobs. Da'Norris Searcy will also return as a sub-package linebacker.
Apr 25 - 6:44 PM

Bills signed SS Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million extension through 2018.

The deal includes $14.625 million guaranteed, comes with a $6.25 million signing bonus and makes him the eighth highest-paid safety in the league in terms of average annual salary. Williams, the 34th overall pick in 2011, struggled as a corner through his first two NFL seasons. But last year's change to safety worked wonders, as he started 14 games, grading out positively against both the run and pass while racking up 82 tackles, four interceptions, one forced fumble and 11 pass breakups. Free agent FS Jairus Byrd is a goner.
Mar 5 - 11:05 AM

Bills SS Aaron Williams tweeted that he underwent surgery Thursday.

It's unclear what Williams went under the knife for, but he battled a back injury this season and ended the year on injured reserve due to a rib issue. Williams had a resurgence under new DC Mike Pettine, shifting from cornerback to safety in 2013. The No. 34 overall pick of the 2011 draft will return as a starter in the final year of his rookie deal next season.
Jan 16 - 2:17 PM

Bills placed SS Aaron Williams (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.

He sat out Week 16 and will miss Week 17, as well. Williams plays safety and cornerback in DC Mike Pettine's defense as a versatile chess piece. Williams finished the season with 82 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and four interceptions, emerging as a solid starter. Williams will likely return in a similar role in 2014. He's fairly cheap to keep with a $1.09 million salary.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Bills SS Aaron Williams (back) says he'll play in Thursday's game against the Browns.

Playing cornerback due to injuries, Williams was having a tremendous game in Week 4, going toe-to-toe with Torrey Smith for much of the first half. Then he left with a back injury and Smith popped off. Williams' availability will be big, but the ravaged Bills secondary still projects to come back to Earth against Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Coach Doug Marrone has stated publicly he prefers Williams at safety, so don't expect him to play much corner on Thursday night unless an unforeseeable factor forces him to.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 08:31:00 AM

Bills DB Aaron Williams left Sunday's game against the Ravens with a lower back injury in the fourth quarter and will not return.

Williams had himself a heck of a game, holding Torrey Smith in check early and picking off two passes. But he hurt his shoulder in the first half and then was then knocked out of the game by this back injury. The Ravens promptly completed bombs up the right sideline.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Aaron Williams is expected to start at free safety in Sunday's opener against the Patriots.

The Bills will move Williams over from strong safety if Jairus Byrd (doubtful, foot) is ruled out, with Da'Norris Searcy replacing him in the starting lineup. After signing a one-year deal this week, Jim Leonhard is also expected to contribute in some capacity. A run-stopping safety, Searcy is suspect in pass coverage and will likely be removed on third downs.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 06:35:00 PM

The Bills have been impressed with DB Aaron Williams' conversion to safety.

"I think he’s ahead of schedule of where we thought he would be," DC Mike Pettine said of Williams. "He’s flashed just the things that we saw in him as far as being a safety. He’s had some interceptions and obviously his range his ability to get sideline to sideline is obviously something we’re going to take advantage of." BuffaloBills.com considers Williams part of the team's contingency plan should disgruntled franchise player Jairus Byrd hold out. If/when Byrd reports, Williams will be competing with Da'Norris Searcy and rookie Duke Williams for a starting job.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 01:47:00 PM

Coach Doug Marrone has determined that Aaron Williams will play safety.

Williams was regarded as arguably the top safety in the 2011 draft class, but he's played corner for the Bills over the last two seasons. It's resulted in two straight years of below-average coverage. Williams figures to battle with Da'Norris Searcy for the starting spot next to Jairus Byrd.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 12:34:00 PM

WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia expects the Bills to give Aaron Williams "one more crack" at becoming an NFL cornerback.

The 34th pick in the 2011 draft -- selected ahead of Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick -- Williams has struggled mightily in coverage through two seasons. Williams was viewed as a safety by several teams coming out of Texas, and could be given a look there if he doesn't show progress at corner this summer.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Bills CB Aaron Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Williams, out since Week 9, will likely miss his fifth straight game. He practiced on a limited basis the last two weeks, but still isn't completely recovered from his knee injury. The Bills are also listing cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin (back) and Justin Rogers (foot) as questionable, though both are expected to be available.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 08:12:00 PM

Bills LCB Aaron Williams (knee) will "miss a few weeks," but is expected to play again this season.

Williams likely has a strained ligament. Getting worked by Andre Johnson before going down Sunday, Williams has graded out as one of Pro Football Focus' 10 worst cornerbacks this season. Leodis McKelvin should start in his absence. It's possible Williams will return to a reserve role.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 03:48:00 PM

Bills LCB Aaron Williams is undergoing tests on his ailing right knee Monday.

Williams, who was abused by Andre Johnson before the injury, did not return after going down. "They’re checking his knee out today," coach Chan Gailey said. "So they’ve got to do an MRI today and see where he is." Gailey will address the media later this afternoon, at which point he may have another update.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 01:57:00 PM

Bills CB Aaron Williams left Sunday's Week 9 game against the Texans with a knee injury.

Williams got tangled up with Andre Johnson and stayed down for a few minutes. He had to be helped off the field without putting any weight on his right leg. Leodis McKelvin has come on.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 02:58:00 PM