Not only are they depended upon to be key parts of their team’s offense — ready to go at any time as pass catchers, but as solid run blockers, as well — oftentimes, they have earned their spot on the roster due to their contributions on special teams, too.
In 45 career games with the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks, Williams has logged just one start, which came last season in Seattle. And since going undrafted out of Oregon in 2012, and then signing with the Panthers in 2013, he has been targeted just 11 total times, logging six career catches for 80 yards (13.3 yards per catch).
His lone professional touchdown came during the 2013 preseason in Carolina.
But Williams, who signed with the Colts on Monday, has proven to be a precious commodity on special teams, however, primarily on the kick and punt coverage teams, but also as a second-level returner, as he has four career kickoff returns for 48 yards (12.0 yards per return).
The tight end has logged nine career special teams tackles, six of which came last season with the Seahawks.
But with the Colts, who showed plenty of three tight end sets last season under offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, Williams could see his role as a pass catcher expand under
Swoope thrived in that No. 3 role last year, playing in all 16 games with four starts, and logging career-highs with 15 receptions for 297 yards, and scored his first-career touchdown.
Can Williams see that kind of rise in production on offense for the Colts in 2017? That’s yet to be seen, but let’s take a look at some of his career highlights to this point:
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