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D.J. Williams | Tight End

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Arkansas
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The Patriots' website considers D.J. Williams a long shot to make New England's 53-man roster.
Williams is the Patriots' top "move" tight end, but his roster spot won't be guaranteed if Rob Gronkowski (knee) is available for Week 1. Michael Hoomanawanui is a lock to return after re-signing to a two-year deal in March and New England likes blocking FB/TE James Develin. Williams is the only player capable of playing the "F" position in the Patriots' offense and will push for a role in two tight-end sets if he makes the team. Jul 5 - 5:15 PM

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D.J. Williams is currently the top "move" tight end on the Patriots.

In other words, the Patriots don't have anyone to play the "F" position once held by Aaron Hernandez. Williams is a borderline NFL player with nine catches in 35 career games. Tom Brady projects to use a three-wide formation featuring Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson as his base.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 28 - 8:11 AM

Patriots waived TE D.J. Williams.

Williams was signed last week. Now the Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) is back at practice, Williams is no longer needed.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Patriots signed TE D.J. Williams.

Williams provides insurance for No. 2 tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who is dealing with a sprained knee. He's not going to have a meaningful role as a pass catcher.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 03:03:00 PM

Jaguars waived TE D.J. Williams.

Although Marcedes Lewis (calf) has barely played, Williams has recorded no catches on the season. The ex-Packer is allegedly a pass-catching tight end.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Jaguars claimed TE D.J. Williams off waivers from the Packers.

Williams was one of the better players to hit the waiver wire on Saturday. He's a smallish pass-catching tight end at 6-foot-2, 245 who doesn't bring much to the table as a blocker. Williams has just nine career catches for 70 yards through 26 games. He should get plenty more opportunities in Jacksonville.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Packers waived TE D.J. Williams.

Williams is a pass-catching tight end that consistently gets trucked in the run game. He finished the preseason with six catches for 38 yards and no scores.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 01:54:00 PM

ESPN.com doesn't project Packers TE D.J. Williams to make the final roster.

Williams, a 2011 fifth-round pick, has reportedly been far too inconsistent. He practices well, but never carries it over to the games. Williams has just three catches for 25 yards through two preseason games, and has been destroyed as a run blocker. He has just nine career catches in 26 games.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 05:36:00 PM

ESPN Boston mentions Packers TE D.J. Williams and Eagles TE Clay Harbor as "names that come to mind" if the Patriots want to try and trade for a tight end.

Beat writer Field Yates is just tossing a couple of names in the air. He wasn't suggesting the Patriots were actually targeting Williams or Harbor, but either one could make some sense. Harbor has fallen out of favor in Philadelphia, and Williams has caught just nine passes in 26 career games as he's been hard-pressed to find the field. Green Bay may be more inclined to keep Williams, especially with Jermichael Finley's contract wrapping up after 2013. Both Williams and Harbor are athletic catch-first tight ends.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 10:38:00 AM

ESPN Milwaukee wonders if TE D.J. Williams fits into the Packers' plans.

Williams, a 2011 fifth-round pick, caught just seven passes for 57 yards in his sophomore season and was a healthy inactive down the stretch. He was deemed a solid pass-catching tight end coming out of Arkansas, but his impact was minimal even as Jermichael Finley struggled mightily in the first half of 2012. Williams, as it stands right now, is fourth on the depth chart.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 12:19:00 PM

Packers TE D.J. Williams (hamstring) was limited in practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Williams was looking at an increased role on Sunday with Jermichael Finley's (shoulder) status in doubt. The second-year tight end is staring at a game-time decision. If both he and Finley are forced to miss, the Packers wouldn't have a tight end worth considering in fantasy.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 01:48:00 PM

Packers TE D.J. Williams was held out of Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury.

It's a new injury for Williams, who was set for an increased role with Jermichael Finley's (shoulder) status in doubt this week. It's beginning to look like the Packers won't have a tight end worth considering in fantasy leagues for Sunday's game versus the Texans.
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 06:56:00 PM

Packers declared TE D.J. Williams, RB James Starks, CB Davon House, DL Phillip Merling, LB Terrell Manning, WR Jarrett Boykin and DB Sean Richardson inactive for Week 4 versus the Saints.

Williams played nearly 50 percent of the snaps last week. He's not known to be injured, which suggests the Packers plan to use more multi-wide sets and fewer two-tight end looks this week. Starks isn't close to pushing Cedric Benson for playing time. Merling is a candidate for release with Mike Neal due back from suspension later this week.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 03:14:00 PM

Packers TE D.J. Williams was "having one of the best camps of anyone on the team" before sustaining a minor ankle injury last week.

The rich get richer. Confirming that Williams has opened eyes, OC Tom Clements is now devising ways to get his second tight end on the field, even if it's in the backfield as a lead blocker. We doubt Williams will eat into Jermichael Finley's snap count, but he's talented enough to be utilized as a weapon in two-tight end packages. The 2011 fifth-rounder is not an option in redraft leagues.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 03:17:00 PM

Packers TE D.J. Williams is having "arguably the best camp of anybody on the roster," according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

It's a big step in the right direction for Williams, a fifth-round pick in 2011. Last year, he was benched after lining up incorrectly during a November game. With Andrew Quarless (knee) sidelined, Williams is stepping in as the No. 3 tight end behind Jermichael Finley and Tom Crabtree.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Reese Wiggins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski