Duke Williams

#27 DB / Buffalo Bills / EXP: 3YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 201 lb Age: 25 College: Nevada Bye 8,18,19,20,21

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  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bills' Duke Williams: Takes a step back

    A year after recording 52 tackles, Williams finished the season with just 28 tackles, one sack, and one touchdown while being active for all 16 games. At one point, Williams was in line to start at free safety following the injury to Aaron Williams, but others ended up impressing more and by the end of the season Duke Williams was barely getting off the bench. We'll see if coach Rex Ryan wants to keep him around, but Williams clearly hasn't taken the leap forward the previous regime - the group that drafted him in the fourth round out of Nevad in 2013 - was hoping for.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bills' Duke Williams: Getting starter's minutes

    Williams had five total tackles - including his first sack of the season - during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, while seeing action on all 67 of the team's defensive snaps. In the absence of Aaron Williams, Duke Williams has seemingly taken over the starting free safety job instead of Baccari Rambo, who saw just seven defensive snaps in the loss. Duke Williams doesn't have as much talent as Aaron, but he does have 11 tackles, the sack, and a pass defensed over the last two games.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Coach: Bills S Duke Williams must earn starting job

    The Bills have an opening at starting safety. Duke Williams appears to be a logical candidate to fill that role. But Rex Ryan is not about to present it to him on a silver platter. "I think there is going to be competition at that spot," he told ESPN. "We're not handing it to him, that it's set in stone." The Bills are in a similar position as they were a year ago, after losing Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and replacing him with Da'Norris Searcy, who took the job and ran with it. Searcy has since hightailed it to Tennessee, leaving the safety spot opposite Aaron Williams open. Duke Williams, a fourth-round pick in 2013, played 49 percent of the defensive snaps a year ago after barely getting his feet wet as a rookie. He contributed to 53 tackles and added an interception. "I think Duke is a guy that has the physical traits you look for; he loves to play and is a tough physical guy and he can run," Ryan said. "I think those are obviously some main traits you look for. ... There's probably competition in this building and that will be good for Duke and will be good for our football team."

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    C.J. Spiller among Bills probables active vs. Raiders

    Bills running back C.J. Spiller (shoulder) is among the team's players listed as probable who are active for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Spiller is making his return from injured reserve and will be playing in his first game since Week 7. Also active after being listed as probable are safeties Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and Duke Williams (concussion), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (shoulder), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), running back Anthony Dixon (chest), wide receiver Marcus Thigpen (foot) and kicker Dan Carpenter (groin). The Bills are a 6 1/2-point favorite for Sunday's road matchup with the Raiders.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Bills list nine players as probable in final Week 16 injury report

    The Bills listed the following players as probable for Sunday's game at Oakland: Dan Carpenter, Anthony Dixon, Stephon Gilmore, Chris Gragg, Da'Norris Searcy, C.J. Spiller, Marcus Thigpen, Duke Williams and Jarius Wynn. The Bills did not have any players listed as questionable, doubtful or out. The Bills are listed as 6 1/2-point favorites.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Bills' Duke Williams escorted to locker room with possible concussion

    Bills defensive back Duke Williams was escorted to the locker room during the second half of Sunday's game against the Packers in Week 15. Williams sustained the injury while defending a pass to Randall Cobb and will be evaluated for a concussion. He registered six tackles before leaving the game.

  • by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Bills GM: Byrd replacement is on the roster

    Speaking on WGR 550 AM in Buffalo on Friday, Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the safety who will start in Jarius Byrd's old spot will come off the existing roster. Whaley expects a competition between Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da'Norris Searcy, ESPN says.

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