Roydell Williams bounces back after two years out of football
The Redskins know what they have in proven wide receiver Santana Moss. It's after Moss that the questions arise at the position.
The wide receiver competition at Redskins training camp features 11 players -- veterans and youngsters alike. Roydell Williams fits somewhere in the middle of the two categories. Williams is 29 but hasn't appeared in a regular season game since the 2007 season.
After three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Williams spent training camp and the preseason with Tennessee in 2008 before he was released. The 6-foot 180-pound receiver was out of football until Washington signed him in May 2009. He spent the offseason and the beginning of training camp before he was waived with an injury settlement on August 5, after breaking a finger.
Now the Tulane product is among the favorites to make the final 53-man roster at wide receiver and is competing with 38-year-old Joey Galloway and third-year player Devin Thomas for the starting spot opposite Moss.
"I never really thought about that or even took it into consideration," Williams said of the possibility of starting after two seasons out of the NFL. "My main goal is just to come out here and get better every day. I try to learn more in the playbook and just catch the ball. Wherever it goes from there, it just goes."
After a promising start to his career in 2005 with Tennessee, the fourth-round draft pick was sidelined for the season after 10 games with a dislocated right wrist. The next two seasons were primarily injury-free, until Williams hurt his ankle and was placed on injured reserve after 16 games in 2008 -- his career year. That season he caught 55 passes for 719 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams, a fifth-round draft pick of baseball's Cincinnati Reds in 2000, said the offensive system under coordinator Kyle Shanahan is completely different from the ones he's played in, but he is picking up the concepts well.
"This is the best offense I've ever been a part of -- with all the deep routes and just the combinations," he said.
August 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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