The highlight catch
A native of DeSoto, Texas, Patrick Williams is battling for a roster spot in a crowded receiver group.
But he helped himself stand out with a solid performance against San Diego last week, including a memorable, one-handed catch along the sideline in the second half on a pass from reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.
The play served as a momentum-builder for the University of Colorado product, and he has been a standout in practices so far this week.
“Basically it was a 10-yard stop route,” Williams said. “We had been anticipating all week that maybe the corners were going to be jumping on us and pressing on us a lot.
“And to be honest with you, the ball was really out before I was out of my break. And so it was kind of on me really fast, and he kind of had my arm hooked. And so I was just able to get my arm up, had great concentration and was able to pull it in. I was happy to make a play for my team.”
Williams originally was signed by Green Bay as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009 when Seahawks general manager John Schneider was with the Packers. Seattle added Williams, 6-1, 204 pounds, to the team’s practice squad late last year.
“I’m a confident player,” said Williams, who was an option quarterback in high school. “I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid, and I feel like the coaches are maybe gaining a little more confidence in me, and that’s always good to have somebody backing you. I’m just grateful and blessed to be out here trying to make this squad.
“I think my personal strengths are I can stretch the field,” Williams said. “And I’m very quick in and out of my breaks. I’m a bigger guy. … I would like to get the ball into my hands quicker so I can make a play. But I’ll do whatever the coach asks me to. Whatever I can do to help this team win, I’ll do.”
Knowing Carroll’s culture
Because Williams spent some time with the Seahawks last season under Pete Carroll, he understands the kind of culture and philosophy that the head coach is trying to build in training camp.
“It’s like Carroll says, ‘Everything is about competition,’” Williams said. “Every day we come out here we’re competing – we’re going 100 mph. It’s like a game almost, so when we get to game time it’s almost slow. So it’s second nature to go out and compete with your teammates every day.”
Learning from Sidney
Williams, 25, said he’s studying teammate Sidney Rice’s every move, both on the practice field and in the film room.
“I look up to Sidney, man,” Williams said. “I sit next to him in meetings every day and try and pick his brain, try to soak up as much of it as I can. He’s been there. He’s been around. He’s been to the Pro Bowl, and he’s been on very successful teams. So I aspire to do that one day, and I want to follow in his footsteps.”