On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders added wideout D’haquille “Duke” Williams to their roster, a name that most CFL fans will remember from a few years ago.
After being cut by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016, Williams signed with the Edmonton Eskimos (now the Elks). He proved to be a deep threat in 2017, catching 46 passes for 715 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, his real breakout season came in 2018. Williams led all CFL receivers with 1,579 yards, and did so while averaging 17.9 yards per catch. Additionally, he nearly tripled his touchdown count from the year before, finding the endzone 11 times. As a result, Williams was named a CFL All-Star.
Thanks to his great performance in Canada, Williams got another shot in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. He was on-and-off their active roster for two years (2019-2020), catching a total of 12 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown over that span.
Now, at the age of 28, Williams is returning to the CFL in hopes of replicating his production from the past. He is reunited with cornerback Nick Marshall and wide receiver Sammie Coates, as all three of them were teammates at Auburn University in 2014.
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