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Duke Williams | Defensive Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 201
College: Nevada
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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. Aug 9 - 2:58 PM

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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.
Aug 5 - 7:31 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.
May 30 - 4:11 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.
Apr 5 - 3:16 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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