Patriots cut TE Michael Williams
The New England Patriots have cut TE Michael Williams, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He was out last year with a torn ACL and will now have to look for a new team if he wants to prove that he’s back and ready to play.
As noted by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, this opens up a roster spot for the Patriots. While they have not announced a signing or any other corresponding moves, and teams obviously make cuts all summer as they just trim the rosters down, the implication is that it may be worth watching to see if they have their eyes on anyone to bring in.
Williams played his college ball at Alabama, where he had 503 receiving yards on 51 catches. He also found the endzone seven times in his college career. He won the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in which Alabama routed Notre Dame, catching a touchdown in the process.
That was a great end to his college career, but his less-than-prolific stats meant that he didn’t get taken until the 7th round of the NFL draft, when the Lions picked him up. He broke his hand in the preseason — ironically, against the Patriots — and wound up on IR.
The Lions later tried him out as an offensive tackle, but ended up just trading him to New England. They got their seventh-round pick back, and Williams got his tight end position back. He played in 15 contests in 2015, but he only put up 26 yards on three catches.