LaQuan Williams brings a fighting mentality to the Patriots

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The Patriots recently signed wide receiver and special teamer LaQuan Williams to fill out the bottom of their roster. Williams previously played for the Baltimore Ravens during their 2012 Super Bowl season and contributed almost exclusively on special teams. The Patriots could use a fresh face on their coverage units after a subpar performance against the Steelers. Williams will join the likes of Matthew Slater, Marquice Cole, Nate Ebner, and Chris White to round out a coverage unit that should continue to be a strength for this team. Williams had an interesting perspective on what he believes his role on the team will be. 

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“Special teams is really a fight,” Williams said. “If you come out and fight every play you’ll be all right.” “That was my thing, just going out there and being able to outplay the guy in front of me,” he continued. “It was a one-on-one battle. It comes down to will. You got to have that fight in you to win on special teams.”
That is an attitude that helps teams win in January. You can never have too many hard nosed players with playoff experience on the roster. Hopefully that is what Williams is able to bring to the Patriots. What the Pats don't need from Williams are any off of the field issues.

Since signing with the Patriots, Williams has found news headlines twice. Once for a tweet about the Pats' playbook targeted at Ochocinco and another for a pending civil suit in which Williams is accused of assaulting a club security team member.

Making big plays on special teams in New England brings big rewards like the contract and captaincy that Matthew Slater has received. Making distractions for the team gets you shipped out of town quickly. Hopefully Williams figures this out sooner rather than later and doesn't end up like Ochocinco himself.


-Ryan Cereola