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Duke Williams | Defensive Back | #27

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 201
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (105) / BUF
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Bills waived S Duke Williams.
Williams became expendable when the Bills signed veteran safety James Ihedigbo on Tuesday. The former fourth-round pick has logged 91 snaps this season including just one against the Seahawks in Week 11. The Bills will move forward with Ihedigbo, Robert Blanton, Sergio Brown, Corey Graham and Jonathan Meeks at safety. Nov 15 - 12:33 PM

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Bills S Duke Williams will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

A 2013 fourth-round pick out of Nevada, Williams failed to nail down a starting job when given the opportunity last year and was prone to on-field miscues when he did get snaps. The Bills' starters at safety are Aaron Williams and Corey Graham with Duke, Jonathan Meeks, Colt Anderson, and Robert Blanton behind them.
May 29 - 6:01 PM

Bills S Duke Williams has bulked up to 210 pounds.

Williams was listed at 200 pounds last year. The Bills are asking him to play closer to the line of scrimmage in Rex Ryan’s scheme. With Corey Graham moving to safety, Williams should remain in a part-time role.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 06:55:00 PM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown considers Duke Williams the "odds on favorite" to start at strong safety.

Williams is expected to replace Da’Norris Searcy in base sets, but isn't locked into an every-down role after splitting time last year. The Bills haven’t ruled out replacing Williams with Corey Graham in sub packages.
Sat, May 23, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said he's comfortable with Duke Williams starting at strong safety.

With Da’Norris Searcy now in Tennessee, the strong safety spot is open. Williams, a 2013 fourth-rounder, played on 48.6 percent of the snaps last year and packs a punch against the run. We know Rex likes his safeties to be hard-hitters and effective in the box.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown expects S Duke Williams to "make a big jump" in 2015.

Williams is in line for increased snaps with Da’Norris Searcy no longer in Buffalo. He graded out positively against the run in a part-time role last year, but has been a liability in coverage to this point. The Bills haven't added any depth to their secondary this offseason, leaving Williams as the clear favorite to start. Corey Graham should also see time at safety in sub packages.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 07:46:00 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak expects S Duke Williams to start in 2015.

Williams was limited to a part-time role last year, playing on 48.6 percent of snaps. He graded out negatively in coverage, but showed enough to make free agent Da'Norris Searcy expendable. The Bills could also move Corey Graham to safety if they upgrade at corner this offseason
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Bills SS Duke Williams started Friday night's preseason game.

Williams played ahead of Da'Norris Searcy this week after working with the second-team in Buffalo's first preseason game. He played on all three downs opposite Aaron Williams. Searcy had an interception in the second quarter and remains in the mix to start. Williams has potential to see regular snaps even if he doesn't win the Week 1 job.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Bills SS Duke Williams had three tackles in Sunday's Hall of Fame game.

Da'Norris Searcy played with the first-team defense, but Williams had the better game and laid out rookie Andre Williams on an impressive tackle in the second quarter. A limited in-the-box safety, Searcy is a liability on pass-downs. Williams has every-down potential if he wins the job.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 07:31:00 PM

The Bills are giving 2013 fourth-round pick Duke Williams the first crack at their starting free safety job.

Corey Graham appears ticketed for cornerback. Williams' primary competition thus far has been Da'Norris Searcy, who's more of a run-support safety. Williams (5'11/203) runs 4.43 and has experience covering slot receivers from his college days at Nevada. Williams only played 35 defensive snaps as a rookie.
Fri, May 30, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Bills.com writer Chris Brown "really liked" what he saw from second-year FS Duke Williams in both the practice setting and preseason last year.

Williams appeared in just six games as a rookie, but is a hard-hitting safety with coverage skills that could develop into a starter. The Bills are currently expected to let Williams, Corey Graham, and Jonathan Meeks compete for their free safety job. Buffalo could also be a fit for a player like Florida State CB/S Lamarcus Joyner in the second round, who has a profile similar to Jairus Byrd.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Bills agreed to terms with No. 105 overall pick S Duke Williams on a four-year contract.

Williams will be in the mix at strong safety opposite Jairus Byrd, but GM Buddy Nix has hinted he could also see time in the slot. A textbook tackler, Williams should feature on special teams.
Fri, May 10, 2013 11:43:00 AM

Bills GM Buddy Nix thinks fourth-round S Duke Williams can be a "nickel guy, maybe even an outside corner."

It's notable because Bills nickel CBs Ron Brooks and Justin Rogers struggled badly last season, and Buffalo did nothing to address the position this offseason. Williams (5-foot-11, 203) is known as a solid tackler, and he's also versatile. Off-the-field issues knocked him down draft boards.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Bills selected North Carolina S Duke Williams with the No. 105 overall pick.

Williams (5-foot-11, 203) made 37 starts for the Wolf Pack, tallying 15.5 career tackles for loss, five fumbles forced, and four picks. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has described Williams as "an excellent force player" with strong run-support skills. He also offers experience covering slot receivers and sideline-to-sideline jets (4.43 forty). Williams will likely contribute immediately on special teams and could develop into a starting free safety. It's an area of need for the Bills after they lost George Wilson in free agency.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:31:00 PM

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