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A few minutes with Patrick Williams

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 18, 2011 at 10:54 am with 10 Comments »
August 18, 2011 10:54 am

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.”

Field stretcher

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.”

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  1. SeahawkFan12 says:

    That was a great catch. As a CU graduate, I’m kinda pulling for my fellow Buff. Seems like a solid dude, too.

  2. Thank you Mr Williams, excellent blog, as always. Does Patrick Williams make the team or maybe the PS?

  3. It will be interesting to see which of the receivers can be safely signed to the practice squad. Doug Baldwin, Ricardo Lockette, Pat Williams — only one of them is likely to make the final roster, with Rice, BMW, Tate, Obo and Durham as locks to make the team. I’m rooting for Baldwin to make the roster.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    How many confident yet humble athletes are on this team? Goodness sakes…

    That throw by CW, into some very tight coverage, was put in the only place it could be, and it really took a great effort by Williams to make the catch. Solid play all around.

  5. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Yeah, great point Duke. CW put a nice touch on the ball, so despite pretty solid coverage, the pass was completed due to excellent execution by CW and Williams.

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    I can’t remember a time in the last 20 years that cut down day is going to be so upsetting. Pete and John have brought some great young talent to the team. Really like our direction. Why can’t we have a farm team?????

  7. Btw the last few practices BMW has looked great! He looks faster than last year and as always his hands are phenomenal. He had a an excellent catch right up the seam. Full speed jump and stretch between the corner and safety. Didn’t lose much speed and kept on sprinting.

    I definitely believe the presence of Sidney rice will improve BMWs play and effort

  8. Oh this is about pat Williams. To be blunt I don’t think he will make the roster. But good luck I’m sure he may catch on somewhere.

    Does anyone know the positional limitations for the practice squad?

  9. Soggybuc says:

    I dont there is a positional limit for the PS, Cincy used it to stock pile O line talent for the last few years. I think most teams seed it more to what they want to see in terms of scout team slots.
    Sandpoiny is spot on! we are going to let go of some very talented young men come cut down and as Duke points out they are very humble, likeable guys as well.

  10. Thanks for the report on BMW, HawksKD. Good to hear, especially since he’s my favorite player. Someone on the chat got me concerned when he claimed that BMW looked puffy in the face or something. He and Rice both have good hands — a far cry from the days of K-Drop. The WRs and TEs should make things a lot easier for TJ or CW.

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