Williams ended up starting Sunday's game at strong safety over Aaron Williams, but in the end only saw 21 defensive snaps, Buffalo
Aaron Williams is the starter and his snap could will be ramped up as the season progresses as he gets more comfortable following offseason neck surgery, but at least the Bills finally have more confidence in Duke after three seasons of ups and downs. If anything ever happened to Aaron Williams or free safety Corey Graham, Duke might end up being worthy of IDP consideration.
With Aaron Williams still in concussion protocol, Duke Williams could be in line for a significant role to start the season, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "Man I'll tell you what. He's the man that's bringing in the coffee. That's how much time he spends in here. So he wants it bad. And I see a different player. I see a player with way more confidence."
Williams was a fourth-rounder in 2013 and hasn't played much in his first three seasons, but he did make some plays in 2015 and has seemingly taken another step forward. While Aaron Williams is expected to be ready for the start of the season, it looks like Duke has a sure spot on the team, likely as the No. 3 or No. 4 safety. And Aaron Williams' health has been no sure thing.
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 a long-term injury to Aaron Williams, but others ended up impressing more and by the end of the season
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.
|9||11/7/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/20/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|