Birthday: May 17, 1983
Strengths: Reggie Williams didn’t waste much time in showing that all of the accolades he received as an all-everything high school player were deserved. Not only did Williams become the first Washington true freshman to ever start his first collegiate game (against Michigan), but he also pulled down four catches for 134 yards. As a sophomore last season, Williams posted seven games of triple-digit receiving yardage, including four in which he had over 150 yards. His biggest game of the year came when he ripped Oregon for 14 catches, 198 yards, and three touchdowns.
At 6’4″ and 220 lbs., Williams is a big, physical receiver capable of overpowering all but the sturdiest of cornerbacks. He uses his outstanding leaping ability to go up and aggressively seize passes thrown his way as if they were his most prized possession, and he has the soft hands and concentration to make tough catches in a crowd. Williams has also shown that he is willing and able to throw a block when necessary.
Areas for Concern: In last year’s Sun Bowl, Purdue kept Williams in check by jamming him at the line of scrimmage, disrupting his timing with quarterback Cody Pickett. Williams must learn to use his size and strength to overcome that tactic, or he will face it on every down in the NFL.
While Williams is not slow, especially for a receiver his size, he is not a burner who can outrun everyone on the field. Also, his extreme confidence borders on arrogance and could have a negative effect in the locker room if he does not keep it under control.
How Would He Look in Steel Blue? Pairing Williams with Andre Johnson would give David Carr two physical specimens at receiver with the ability to outmuscle defensive backs for the ball. Even though Williams lacks the pure speed that Chris Palmer prefers for his vertical passing game, he is able to get open and make plays downfield. He would also be a major asset as a target in the red zone, an area where the Texans struggled greatly last year.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca
Reggie Williams’ 2002 Stats G CTH YDS AVG TD 13 94 1,454 15.5 11
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