OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11: Stephen Williams #18 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 11, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
With the first week of OTAs in the books, Darren Urban featured young wideout Stephen Williams of the Arizona Cardinals as one player needing to do a while lot to make the final roster this season. Williams was undrafted two years ago, impressed in the preseason and in training camp, then sort of disappeared after that. He was inactive for almost the entire season in 2011, and he knows that he needs to impress to stick around.
However, he is prepared to do that.
"I've been to the top, I've been to the bottom. It's crazy how fast (the time) has gone. But a lot of growth has taken place. I have dealt with a lot of things, going from undrafted to getting a lot of recognition then struggling and to work back. For me, it feels like I have dealt with everything you could deal with in the NFL."
He has a big hill to climb.
He is fighting with a lot of other young receivers for one, maybe two spots.
We know that Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and Early Doucet are going to be on the final roster (unless something drastically changes). Arizona has tended to go with six receivers on the roster. Williams, DeMarco Sampson (drafted in 2011), Jaymar Johnson, Stanley Arukwe, LaRon Byrd, Tre Gray and Isaiah Williams will battle for those two spots.
Williams has the physical tools and has made plays before, but the fact that he is not a special teams contributor hurts him. Sampson showed flashes of being pretty good, and he is a contributor on special teams. That is why he was getting playing time last season ahead of Williams.
Is it too late for Williams? He would seem to be the possible favorite for the final spot, but it would probably be a case of a season of inactivity.
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