Patriots: New RB Trey Williams Has Great Skill-Set, Huge Upside


New Patriots’ additions could be set to make huge impact. RB Trey Williams has great skill-set and massive upside.

The New England Patriots made a couple of interesting moves on Tuesday, both seeming to be signings to help the major injury losses that they have suffered this season. First, they brought in free agent WR/KR Damaris Johnson, who has some NFL experience and a nice skill-set.

Johnson should take over the returning duties for the Pats, and could make an impact for the team as a slot receiver. Johnson is an extremely fast player who certainly brings some nice upside to the team.

They also brought in undrafted rookie running back Trey Williams, who spent Training Camp with the Washington Redskins, and has also been on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster this season. Williams has yet to make his NFL debut, but he is a talented player who can make an impact for the Patriots.

Williams was a strong contributor in college as a part-time back at Texas A&M, and has an exciting skill-set that could easily translate to the NFL level. Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Redskins this off season, and spent Training Camp with the team. Williams did not make the Redskins’ roster, and was made a practice squad player, before the Dallas Cowboys scooped him up.

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Williams was on the Cowboys’ roster for four games earlier this season, but was not active for any of them, and was released by the team on Monday. The Patriots snagged Williams on waivers the very next day.

When it comes to player comparison, one name immediately jumps to mind with Williams: Dion Lewis. As you know, Lewis starred for the Patriots earlier this season, becoming the team’s primary option at the running back position, before suffering a devastating knee injury to end his season. I am not saying that Williams will step in and give the Patriots what Lewis gave them, but they do offer similar skill-sets.

At 5-foot-7, 195 pounds, Williams is a compact and relatively stout runner with the ball. He does not show much power, but he is not particularly easy to take to the ground. Williams will fight for extra yardage.

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His ability to make plays in the open field is truly an elite skill for Williams. He not only has great speed for the NFL level, but his agility and start and stop quickness is truly on an elite level. Williams can make defenders miss in the open field, and has shown the ability to do so regularly in college.

Williams is a fast and elusive player, but do not let that fool you, he is extremely physical as well. Extremely explosive, Williams can run the ball inside effectively.

Perhaps what makes him most enticing to the Patriots is Williams’ ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He is a natural receiver who shows consistent hands and great route running ability.

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Despite being overlooked in the draft, make no mistake, Williams is a talented player who can make an impact in the NFL. His speed, quickness, explosiveness and receiving skills are truly NFL-level. Williams is a potential diamond in the rough for the Patriots, and they are the perfect team to make use of his skills.