Duke Williams was somewhat of a surprise addition to the Los Angeles Rams following his tryout at the team's rookie minicamp. His physical traits have rarely come into question - which likely had a hand in his signing - but 'red flags' about his character caused him to fall completely out of the draft. (More on that in his roster preview if you're interested)
After two practices, he's already garnering some attention at training camp. Trumaine Johnson knows a thing or two about covering WRs, and Williams has jumped out to Tru early in camp.
When asked to name one young teammate who stood out in #Rams special teams practice Trumaine Johnson immediately said "Duke Williams" 1/2— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) August 1, 2016
2/2 "A big fast wide receiver" #Rams CB Trumaine Johnson said about Duke— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) August 1, 2016
That's been Williams' calling card throughout his collegiate and brief intro into the NFL: he's a big, explosive athlete. That being said, he had a tough opening day at UC Irvine.
Good news: Duke Williams has been targeted a number of times by #Rams. Bad news: He's dropped 5 passes— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) August 1, 2016
Some fans were questioning why Tru was taking notice. Vincent Bonsignore summed it up about as perfectly as you can.
HE GETS OPEN. That's more than most Rams WRs can say for themselves.
Yes. But in glass half full, he gets open. He's big fast and physical. There's a foundation to work with https://t.co/mORjpKXQGb— Vincent Bonsignore (@DailyNewsVinny) August 1, 2016
While this is worth taking note of, remember we're only two days into camp. Take everything with a grain of salt at this point. There's a chance the Rams struck gold here, but there is also the chance that this putters out. With luck, Williams will clear it up with his play next weekend.