Duke Williams (wide receiver)

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Duke Williams
No. 1 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Reserve (LA) East St. John
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
  • CFL All-Star – 2018
  • CFL West All-Star – 2018
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:166
Receiving touchdowns:1
Career CFL statistics
Receiving yards:3,059
Receiving touchdowns:20
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

D'haquille "Duke" Williams (born May 13, 1993) is a professional gridiron football wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Auburn. After going undrafted and spending the 2016 offseason with the Los Angeles Rams, he made his professional debut in 2017 with the Edmonton Eskimos. Williams became one of the CFL's most dominant receiving threats, leading the league in receiving in 2018. Following his second season in the CFL, he returned to the United States for another shot at playing in the National Football League. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2019.

High school career[edit]

Williams attended East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana, where he played high school football. As a senior, he had 1,495 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns.

College career[edit]

Williams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 2012 to 2013. In two years, he had 118 receptions for 2,028 yards and 26 touchdowns.[2]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com,[3] Williams was listed as the No. 1 junior college prospect in 2014.[4] He initially committed to Louisiana State University but changed to Auburn University.[5][6]

In his first game at Auburn, Williams had nine receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown.[7] He was dismissed from Auburn on October 6, 2015, for an unidentified violation of team rules. William finished the 2015 season with 12 catches for 147 yards and one touchdown.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
229 lb
(104 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.71 s 1.65 s 2.72 s 4.47 s 7.43 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[8][9]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

On May 10, 2016, Williams signed a 3-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Rams as part of final roster cuts.[10]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Williams signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) before the 2017 season. Williams caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown against the BC Lions in his professional regular season debut.[11] Williams went on to have a strong first season in the CFL, catching 46 passes for 508 yards with two touchdowns. Williams became a star player in the CFL in 2018, earning a Top Performers of the Month designation for the months of June and July and ultimately finished the season with the most receiving yards in the league with 1,579. On January 5, 2019, Williams was released by the Edmonton Eskimos in order to pursue NFL opportunities.[12][13]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On January 7, 2019, Williams signed with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.[14] Williams played in all four preseason games for the Bills, catching eight passes for 78 yards with two touchdowns. He was released during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[15][16] On October 5, 2019, Williams was promoted to the active roster.[17] He caught 4 passes for 29 yards and the game winning touchdown in a 14–7 Bills win over the Tennessee Titans on October 6, 2019.[18] After suffering a shoulder injury against the Miami Dolphins in week 7, Williams was deactivated for the rest of the season until week 17 when the Bills rested numerous starters against the New York Jets, having already clinched a playoff berth. Williams caught six passes for 108 yards during the 13–6 loss.[19]

Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Bills on July 29, 2020.[20] He was activated on August 9, 2020.[21] Williams was waived as part of final roster cuts on September 5, 2020, but was re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[22] He was elevated to the active roster on October 24 and January 8, 2021, for the team's week 7 and wild card playoff games against the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[23][24] On January 26, 2021, Williams signed a reserves/futures contract with the Bills.[25] He was waived/injured on August 23, 2021 and placed on injured reserve.[26][27] On August 26 he was released from injured reserve with an injury settlement.[28]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On October 4, 2021, Williams signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[29] On February 5, 2022, Williams signed a one-year, $260,000 contract extension.[30] On July 20, 2022 the CFL announced that Williams had been suspended for one game after he took the helmet off of Toronto Argonauts defensive back Shaquille Richardson and threw it at him during warmups for the leagues Touchdown Atlantic game.[31] He became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 14, 2023.[32]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On February 14, 2023, Williams signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[33]


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  2. ^ "Auburn football: Dynamic WR D'haquille Williams earning high marks this spring". Ledger-Enquirer.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
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  5. ^ Marcello, Brandon (October 3, 2014). "D'haquille Williams chose future over dark past when he picked Auburn over LSU". AL.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Recruiting: No. 1 JuCo prospect D'haquille Williams has signed with Auburn". AL.com. December 18, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  7. ^ Marcello, Brandon (August 31, 2014). "D'haquille Williams shines in record-breaking debut, but Auburn teammates knew it was coming". AL.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Duke Williams Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Scout Duke Williams College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  10. ^ "Rams Make 53-Man Roster Decisions". TheRams.com. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Campbell, Dave (July 25, 2017). "Edmonton Eskimos receiver Duke Williams showing more facets to his game". 630CHED. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS – JUNE". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS – JULY". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Brown, Chris (January 7, 2019). "Bills sign CFL's leading receiver Duke Williams". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  15. ^ Brown, Chris (August 31, 2019). "Bills cut roster down to 53 players". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Brown, Chris (September 1, 2019). "Bills begin to assemble practice squad, Christian Wade holds 11th exempt spot". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  17. ^ Brown, Chris (October 5, 2019). "Bills elevate WR Duke Williams to active roster". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  18. ^ Filipowski, Nick (October 6, 2019). "Williams scores game-winning TD in NFL debut". News 4 Buffalo. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  19. ^ Gelber, Brad (December 29, 2019). "Duke Williams aims to show he belongs in the playoffs". Bills Wire. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  20. ^ Gaughan, Mark (July 29, 2020). "Duke Williams, Vincent Taylor go on Covid list, Cole Beasley on injured list". BuffaloNews.com. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  21. ^ "Bills activate Duke Williams". BuffaloBills.com. August 9, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  22. ^ "Duke Williams: Circles back to practice squad". CBSSports.com. September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  23. ^ "Bills place four players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list; four players elevated from practice squad". BuffaloBills.com. October 24, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  24. ^ "Bills elevate Duke Williams and Jordan Devey for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game". Buffalo Bills Official Website. January 8, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  25. ^ "Bills signed these 13 players to reserve/future contracts". Buffalobills.com. January 26, 2021. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  26. ^ "Bills sign RB Kerrith Whyte and CB Tim Harris". BuffaloBills.com. August 23, 2021.
  27. ^ Capaccio, Sal (August 24, 2021). "Report: Isaiah McKenzie to have MRI on shoulder". Audacy. WGR550. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  28. ^ Fitzgerald, Katherine (August 26, 2021). "Observations: Josh Allen readies for lone preseason start". Buffalo News. Retrieved August 27, 2021. The Bills released wide receiver Duke Williams and offensive lineman Forrest Lamp from injured reserve with injury settlements, per the league's transaction report.
  29. ^ "Report: WR Dhaquille 'Duke' Williams headed to Riders". Canadian Football League. October 4, 2021.
  30. ^ Washington, Matthew (February 5, 2022). "Roughriders bring back Duke Williams on reported 1-year, $260K deal". The Score. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  31. ^ TSN ca Staff (July 20, 2022). "Roughriders' Williams suspended one game - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
  32. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  33. ^ "Heading to Hamilton: Ticats sign Duke Williams". Canadian Football League. February 14, 2023.

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