The Buffalo Bills activated wide receiver Duke Williams off of their Reserve/COVID list on Sunday morning.
Williams, 27, was the only player remaining on Buffalo’s Reserve/COVID list. The wide receiver joined the Bills in 2019 after a productive season in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos that saw him lead the league with 1,579 receiving yards. Buffalo signed him in early January after the Eskimos released Williams to allow him to pursue NFL opportunities.
Williams caught eight passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason last year, but did not make Buffalo’s initial 53-man roster. The team was able to sign him to their practice squad the following day. By October, Williams was promoted to the Bills’ 53-man roster. Williams’ NFL debut saw him register four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown. The score would be the game-winner for Buffalo against the Tennessee Titans. He recorded two receptions in his next two games. Buffalo would then make Williams inactive for the next eight games. The wide receiver was given an opportunity to play in the Bills’ regular season finale, a meaningless game against the New York Jets. Williams made the most of his opportunity that day by catching six passes from Matt Barkley for 108 yards. That performance likely played a role in the Bills activating Williams for their playoff game against the Houston Texans.
Williams would lead all Bills receivers in targets in the Wild Card loss and finish with a 4-49 stat line on 10 targets.