Bills sign receiver Duke Williams

The 25-year-old wide receiver led the CFL in receiving yards in 2018

Brayton Wilson
January 06, 2019 - 6:57 pm

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The Buffalo Bills have signed wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams to a reserve/futures contract on Monday. The news was first reported by TSN's Farhan Lalji on Sunday. 

Williams, 25, had spent the last two seasons playing with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League. The 6' 3", 225-pound receiver led the CFL last season in receiving with 1,579 yards and was tied for the most receiving touchdowns with 11. Williams also finished fourth in the league with 88 receptions, and third with 152 receiving targets. Overall, Williams amassed 134 receptions for 2,294 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Eskimos.

The Bills had reportedly worked out Williams back on December 18 along with several other players.

Williams spent his college days playing at Auburn University after spending a couple of years playing junior college football at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In 15 games played for the Tigers, Williams caught 57 passes for 877 yards and six touchdowns. However, he was dismissed from school during the 2015 season after he reportedly punched four people at an Auburn bar.

At the NFL Combine, Williams ran a 4.72 in the 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical leap and a 121-inch broad jump.

Williams ended up signing as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams after the 2016 NFL Draft, but was released as part of the team's final roster cuts.

The move has yet to be confirmed with the Bills.

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