Williams was waived by the Colts on Monday.
Williams was among 10 players cut loose Monday as the Colts opened up roster spots for the slew of undrafted rookies they signed over the weekend. The 26-year-old will try to latch on with another organization after appearing in 10 games with the Bills and Colts in 2016, logging four total tackles.
Williams signed with the Colts.
The Colts need depth with Clayton Geathers placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. Williams played nine games with the Bills this season, but had just four tackles. He'll likely have a limited role with Indianapolis.
Williams was released by the Bills on Tuesday.
Williams was drafted in the fourth round of 2013 and while he had a few big plays in his time with the Bills, never really proved he could handle a heavy workload at safety. The team will replace him with a guy that has a better chance to fill that role, veteran James Ihedigbo.
Williams has just four tackles on the season and hasn't been credited with one since Week 3.
Williams was a definite option for more playing time when starting safety Aaron Williams landed on injured reserve, but Robert Blanton has won that job. Duke Williams saw just one snap on defense in Week 8, and remains far off the IDP radar.
Williams ended up starting Sunday's game at strong safety over Aaron Williams, but in the end only saw 21 defensive snaps, BuffaloBills.com reports. Duke Williams logged just one tackle and no other stats.
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 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 Nevada in 2013 - was hoping for.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.