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Under The Radar Special Teams Ace

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 20, 2013 – 1:11 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

A few weeks ago when the Redskins announced the signing of 12 college free agents, most were enamored with the signing of former University of Florida stud lineman Xavier Nixon as he became a YouTube sensation in our Nation’s Capital.

Others were excited to see linebacker William Compton rejoining some of his Nebraska teammates in burgundy and gold.

Few, however, made mention of seldom known UConn prospect Nick Williams as the wide receiver didn’t record a single receiving touchdown.

Shame on you, though, for failing to look at his return numbers.

Over the last two seasons, the Redskins have failed to sniff the end zone on special teams as their last return touchdown came on a 96-yard touchdown via the legs of speedster Brandon Banks in a game against the Lions in 2010.

In fact, over the last half decade the Redskins have struggled in the return game in general as they have only one punt return to their credit and have ranked in the lower half of return game statically.

With Banks failing to translate his preseason success to the regular season last year, he found himself inactive for the last month of 2012 and is no longer with the team leaving the lead returner position vacant.

Insert the undrafted college free agent as a possible savior for the unit.

In 2010, the Huskies rode a very Redskins like five-game winning streak to end the season to earn their first ever BCS bowl game appearance.

In a pivotal matchup in East Hartford in November against Pittsburgh, Williams proved that Panthers didn’t game plan properly for the diminutive return man as he scorched them for a 95-yard kickoff touchdown just moments after Pittsburgh extended their lead to eight.

It was Williams’ second kickoff return of a touchdown as he did the same to Jawan Jamison’s Scarlet Knights just weeks earlier.

In 2012, he would tack on an additional two punt return touchdowns before being signed by the Redskins on May 2nd.

While Williams may be an unknown commodity to the rest of the league, his talents meshed with new special team coordinator Keith Burns’ success with small return men (think Trindon Holliday and his two touchdowns against the Ravens in the playoffs), some special magic could be brewing for the burgundy and gold this year.

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One Response to “Under The Radar Special Teams Ace”

  1. By nostical on May 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Stephen, about Williams not catching a TD pass. He had one when UConn beat Louisville late in the year. Nevertheless, he has great skills and speed and looks like one of the steals of the “draft”.

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