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Hawks sign WR Reggie Williams

Post by Eric Williams on April 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm with 52 Comments »
April 15, 2010 11:54 pm
WR Reggie Williams (Lui Kit Wong/TNT)

University of Washington and Lakes High product Reggie Williams continued his journey back to the NFL after a year hiatus because of off-the-field issues.

The Seahawks signed Williams today after a three-day tryout during the team’s voluntary, veteran minicamp this week. He joins USC products wide receiver Mike Williams and fullback Ryan Powdrell as tryout players signed to Seattle’s roster.

The 6-foot-4, 230 pounder looked his best during his final day of camp, doing a nice job of working the middle of the field and using his body to make tough catches in traffic.

“I feel the three days went well,” Reggie Williams said. “I’m just learning the system and I think I performed pretty well.”

Carroll was impressed with the play of both Mike and Reggie Williams, specifically the two’s ability to learn the playbook in a short amount of time.

“They’ve only been here for three days too, but they didn’t look like that,” Carroll said. “So that’s a bonus. … I thought both those guys made a good showing.”

During his days at USC, Carroll typically used bigger receivers in his offense, so both Mike and Reggie Williams could provide that unique aspect for Seattle.

“Historically if you look back at our past we love big guys, and have had a lot of success with them and haven’t changed out attitude on that at all, so it would be nice,” Carroll said.

Seattle’s next minicamp begins the following weekend after the draft on April 30.

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  1. One man’s trash, another man’s treasure.

  2. wouldn’t that be a dream if both of them all of the sudden lived up to the long lost hype they were touted with 5 years ago?? i miss that jurevicious type size

  3. Well I’m sure many dawg fans remember Reggie’s productivity and capabilities so it is not just hype.

  4. i just meant NFL hype by the fact that these were top ten picks… Reggie actually had a pretty good season in JAX one year tho…

  5. but i guess that’s what you get with drafting a WR in the first round! how often does that really work out?

  6. I’m already clapping in my hands, hopefully It’ll work out, there should be good chances that one of the Williams’ would do good. This is great and hopefully drafting a receiver earlier won’t happen, so now we can focus on the lines and the safety position.

  7. Both of the WIlliam’s boys are the same size as BM so let the dreams begin.

  8. these guys were men among boys in college. i never saw either of them successfully covered once back in the early 2000 years… it’s funny to think they are both now fighting for their NFL lives. shows how unpredictable this league can be

  9. Can they catch the ball?
    And run a good pattern?
    All the Walker`s are at the nursing home!

    And run,or do they need a walker?

  10. edstang45 says:

    Although skeptical, These two College STANDOUTS have their backs against the wall. put up or shut up. Let the competition begin!! Maybe with this newfound carrot dangling in front of them they can return to form, drop all their baggage, and regain the passion to excel. neither brings a parole officer do they?

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Does anyone know anything about (or has heard of) Ryan Powdrell? He tried out with the Steelers and Packers but didn’t stick. And he was a LB at USC before converting to FB his senior season. I guess what I’d like to know is, what the hell has he been doing since leaving USC in’06?

    It would be two great stories if the Williams’ can contribute. The ‘Hawks now have 4 receivers on their roster over 6’0″ (three 6’2″ or more), Ruskell would not approve. I love it though.

  12. Let’s draft Trindon Holliday or Jacoby Ford then, that should “move” the average height more towards what we normally see lol.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Let me amend that, I didn’t include Martin and Jones who are both 6’4″. That’s quite a group of tree toppers at receiver.

  14. maddog12 says:

    I like the move. They should have come cheap and could turn out to be real steals or not. If not, they should not hurt us. Overall good move.

    Now all we need is that long shopping list of needs filled.

  15. seahawklovertoo says:

    I did think the same but, for different reason. Ford is #1 and Holliday is the second fastest football athlete coming out of college this year. Either can strech the field as a deep ball threat. While WR Ford is quite slim, Holliday (RB/WR/KR) is like a wrecking ball fast and very hard to stop who can catch well and run , run, run.
    Check him out.

  16. Quote from Mr. Happy:

    “Historically if you look back at our past we love big guys, and have had a lot of success with them and haven’t changed out attitude on that at all, so it would be nice.”

    And Branch is two feet “tall.”

  17. Any one of you listen to Housh on Kevin Colabro yesterday afternoon? I always like what Housh has to say because he speaks his mind. That interview though was great, here’s what I remember:

    When Colabro asked him who he thinks that hey should draft, and talked about all the “holes” they needed to fill, Housh was QUICK to tell him that their is people on that roster that have never seen the field. He said that they have a lot of talent on the team that hasn’t seen the field, and give some of these guys an opportunity and they will step it up. He then referred to himself as a guy who was on the sidelines until one day Cincy “needed a WR to play” and they gave him the shot. He said that once he was put into the game he knew he had to do good, and he played his a** off. He then talked about how he still gets aggravated when he thinks about the fact that he was a 7th round pick. He said that there are guys on this team in needed positions that will step it up on the field right now and surprise you. Does David Hawthorne ring a bell? 16 tackles in his first game.

    Housh also said that it was no secret that he was a big fan of Mora. Even though he had his moments with him on the sidelines, he said he loved him as a coach. However, he said that PC has brought a whole new element to the team, and it is different then any team he has ever played on. He said that the Seahawks are going to be completely different, and everybody on the roster is really excited!! He ended that sentiment with the phrase “trust me”.

    Housh also said that Deion Branch is going off right now, playing unbelievably.

    He also said that unless you are in the team meetings you have no idea what the Hawks are doing period. I loved that!

    The feeling I got from listening to that interview was good, and I agree with him on many of the points that he made. I listen to ESPN radio all day from my work computer (we can listen to radios here at work), and he is not the only Seahawk that has said that about PC and the coaching staff. They all seem to get very excited when they talk about PC. Now I’m excited, I can’t hardly wait!!

  18. I’m well aware of what they can do, and from what I’ve seen and also read from various sites, both are football players with track speed and not the other way around, Ford should be a quite good receiver as well. If we draft one of the in the middle to late rounds we would get a really explosive player.

  19. Ford kind of reminds me of what we had in Doug Thomas (another Clemson product). A fast track runner who plays football too.

  20. rollo – did Housh say why he didn’t practice?

  21. Dukeshire says:

    I’ve been curious about that too.

  22. I’ve been excited ever since Mr. Happy and Schneider took over, and Housh speaks his mind, so that post, rollo, made me even more excited.

  23. snydro81 says:

    Rollo, thanks for the recap! I missed that interview, but I think it’s on my iTunes by now.. I’ll check it out..

  24. I’m pretty sure Housh has a minor injury that he’s babying.

  25. Soggybuc says:

    Has Housh been in the building attending team meetings and learning the new offense? if so i’m OK with him missing a pre-draft OTA. theres going to be alot of chances to get his work in before the season starts.

    If the Williams twins do make the roster i’d be happy if they got 40 rec. and say 4 tds each.

  26. I don’t think we are any worse off with these guys than we were with Obo, Payne, etc, and so forth for those 2-3 years that we all thought they might break out.

    Someone will have to or they will be out.

    I am waiting to see what happens when a high $ guy doesn’t perform. Will he see the sidelines? the NFL is different than College. Lets just play already!!!

  27. soggy – I would assume Housh has been at all of the meetings or he wouldn’t have made the comment about how everyone on the outside really doesn’t know what’s going on in the meetings and things like that.

  28. What’s wrong with Housh? Why isn’t he practicing?

  29. He didn’t say why he didn’t practice but he was definitely there, because the interview was at the VMAC. ESPN radio (710AM) has been there, interviewing a lot of players. Housh said he has been at the meetings, because that’s where he said he was sold on PC, and the new look Hawks. I’m telling you guys, if you get a chance to track this interview down, or any other ones in this mini camp, listen. These guys sound a lot more pumped then they did last year at this time.

  30. I’m also pumped on the William’s bros. I think the risk / reward is way in the Hawks favor, and if one of them works out and plays to their potential, then you have a first round receiver who is pretty big. If both work out, then we’re looking good. I’m going to put faith in the fact they have both learned their lessons. Especially Mike Williams, PC knows what he’s getting there. Now they got to make the team at camp.

  31. Short arms or not, I suddenly really want Bryan Bulaga.. After watching countless interviews, I think he has the intelligence to excel in our scheme.

    Watch him talk about blocking Derrick Morgan:

    If we came away with Bryan Bulaga and Derrick Morgan in this draft, I think it would go a long way towards our rebuilding process..

  32. chuck_easton says:

    I have been following the National posting sites and the team is taking a beating for bringing the Williams boys in. Good let the rest of the country take us for granted. They are all expecting the Seahawks to fail miserably.

    Anything close to .500 and the team will look like a major success!

  33. Dukeshire says:

    Unrelated to the Seahawks; in case you needed another reason to dislike him…

  34. BrianBlades says:

    We are taking a beating, but I am liking the Williams signings. I have a feeling that Mike will do great, so if you are betting man put all your money on Reggie being the one!

    The Roethlisberger details coming out this morning are terrible.

    He hasn’t had such a favorable call since his “touchdown” in Superbowl XL

  35. Duke,

    I’ve got a new putter on the way. Can’t wait to send you a photo.

    Handstamped C&L.. It’s going to be a beauty.. It’s being handcrafted as we speak..

  36. Morgan, Bulaga, and Johnson in the first two rounds would give our lines of scrimmage legitimacy again. It’d be a heck of a start.

  37. freedom_X says:

    I was in Pittsburgh last week, and even the people I talked to there were unsupportive of Roethlisberger. I was actually prepared to get into a big argument with people and had my diplomatic responses ready, but I didn’t find anybody who supported him or was an apologist for Roethlisberger.

    Ted Ginn just got traded to the 49ers for a low 2010 pick (reports didn’t say what the pick was specifically.)

  38. Dukeshire says:

    Oh man, nice. What head and finish are you getting? I’ve wondered about those, can you get them swingweighted to whatever you want or do they come D2 like most? I get so impatient when new golf stuff has been ordered.

  39. Dukeshire says:

    Syndro – That is a well spoken, down to earth , genuine man. Good link.

  40. Eric’s new post has the Housh interview in it. Enjoy!

  41. Nothing not to like about the Williams moves – they’re zero risk. And those moves, along with the praise being given to Branch, tells me that we’re not going to address the WR spot anywhere early in the draft – which makes sense given our needs elsewhere.

    Let’s hope we get the O-line help we so obviously need, everything else on offense builds from there.

    And re Roethlisberger – these new facts are really something – he’s a bad guy. Like any stupid sports fan, i guess, I didn’t want to believe it b/c I really respect the way he plays – but it’s a really ugly story that’s coming out, and it’s one that has the ring of truth.

  42. Duke,

    I ordered a 35.5″ 71 3.5* 350 in standard oil can finish with white and lime green stampings.. My kids names on each of the bumpers and their birthdays and stars on the cavity, with 350 milled dancing on the sole.. Went with the standard nippon shaft rather than the graphite Fujikura, and an oversized Iomic grip..

    I will post pics when it arrives. And I am impatient too, man, I ordered it last week and they were back-ordered until yesterday to even start. Hoping I get it before the draft weekend. We are meeting at my buddies cabin on the 22nd, watching the first round and then heading up to Semi-ah-moo for 18 before the 2nd round starts..

    I went with the C&L over the byron or the slighter (even though slighter putters are cool because they are made in Seattle and are named after all wa cities) mostly because it was cheaper and I liked the available options.

  43. I got the cl-1 model.. It’s similar to the Odyssey Black Series I have in my bag right now, and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.. I tried a blade style (heel shafted) putter for a few months last season but I couldn’t get a feel. Anser all the way for me.

  44. Dukeshire says:

    Oil can finish always looks nice. Heel shafted putters are very difficult to keep square to your line at impact, you don’t see mant people that can putt really good with them. Yeah, post pictures, I’d love to see ‘em.

  45. freedom_X says:

    Well, for the character-doesn’t-matter-only-wins crowd, It’s likely Roethlisberger is available for trade, or at least Pittsburgh will listen.

    #6 pick and a bit more for a 2-time Super Bowl winner? Seattle fans should love that right? It’s all about the wins isn’t it?

  46. snydro81 says:

    Duke, I’m curious whats in your bag?

    I go through golf equipment and accessories like underwear lol.. I’m sure you do too..

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that your irons don’t have nearly the cavity that mine do :)

    dr – diablo edge 9* stiff / IQ 10* stiff (every fairway, every f’n time)
    3 wd – diablo stiff
    5 wd – diablo stiff

    4-PW – x-20’s uniflex / big bertha 2008 stiff (handicap savers) +1.5″ 2* up

    gw + sw – cg14 aerotech i80 stiff

    niblick – 37* (laugh it up)

    putter – odyssey black series #1 – winn jumbo

    I love my winn 7dsi grips. Love em. In fact, I haven’t even been wearing a glove for a while. Love the feedback, lol, as much as you can get with game improvement clubs..

    If anyone on here wants a great discount on clubs, I’ve got a ton to sell. I’ve probably sold 25 on eBay in the last two years and still have another half dozen to unload.

  47. Dukeshire says:

    Solid set-up. Actually, I don’t change out clubs too often. I have way more clubs sitting in storage that have never seen my bag than I can ever use. For a while in the early / mid 2000s I was going through a new driver and shafts every year. The technology was changing so often (and actually improving before the plateau a couple years ago) I was trying to keep up. Driver shafts are still getting better though. Iron sets I hang on to for years. Wedges get swapped out as needed and putters… well putting is more about what’s between your ears, so that’s an odd assortment over the years. But right now –

    Driver – Titleist 909D 8.5 Speeder X
    3 wood – 13 degree PT X100 (about 12 years old)
    Cobra Baffler – 16 degree, X100 (2000 model)
    2-PW 609MB +1/2″ 1.5 up X-100 tour velvet full cord.
    5408/ 6004 Vokey Spin Milled wedge shafts
    Cameron Newport 2.5

    The 3 wood and Baffler rotate depending on who’s behaving better.

  48. snydro81 says:

    I tried playing a strong 3 for a while but it was only good for me off the tee.. Had trouble getting any launch on the fairway..

    I had a newport 2 mid-slant in my bag for a while, but I sold it in favor of the odyssey. I tried one out at pro-golf and fell in love. I told my wife I wasn’t going to spend $300 for a putter anymore (plus I was spending tons on headcovers etc) so the only scotty item I have left in my bag is a divot tool..

    BTW, my c&l is an exception (fathers day/birthday gift, hence the kids names, negating the resale value lol) and was still only $279 including shipping fully customized..

    I think I could hit your clubs, I’d just have to bring a LOT of balls.. Wouldn’t be playing any Pro-v1’s that day ;)

    What is your ball of choice? I play the diablos (buy them mint off ebay for a fraction).. I keep a few dozen pro-v1’s in my bag for around the green though, and I have 3 Titleist Tour Balatas that I keep in my left pocket for putting. They hit like BUTTER..

  49. snydro81 says:

    I’ve got an idea for you –

    Let’s each put up one golf item, and have a mock draft contest!

    The teams drafting aren’t important (due to trades) just a 1-32 mock with the most right picks being the winner. No point system, other than 1 point for a right guess.

    I will put up my prized como-come putter cover.. It is “the donkey” and it’s Japanese, made of fine leather with a velour magnetic interior. Fits ur Newport nicely. It’s covered in the democratic donkey, and says “get off on putting” on the bottom. I think they only made 500 or so.. It’s sick and it’s mint..

    You can put up whatever you want. A sleeve of balls for all I care.. I’m confident ;)

  50. Dukeshire says:

    Haha, I love the idea! I’m in. (oh, a Carrollism already…?) That putter cover sounds money, it will look great in my bag. I play Prov1-x but they are so damn hard now I’ve started to go back to Prov1s. They get firmer every year. A buddy had a sleeve of Professional 100s he found in his garage summer before last and wow, I forgot how soft they were, and they were much firmer than the balatas. lol. Anyway, I’d be happy to put up a dozen ProV1 high numbers (5s-8s). Does that sound fair? I’ll look around and may add a few fun nick-knacks as well. I’m excited. We have each others’ emails so we can exchange addresses when the time comes.

  51. snydro81 says:

    I’ll be gone for draft activities starting Thursday morning, so let’s try to exchange picks by Wednesday. Sound good?

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