Bills elevate WR Duke Williams to active roster

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It took the Bills all of a day to address the player vacancy on their active roster. Buffalo promoted WR Duke Williams to be the 53rd player on their roster Saturday heading into Sunday’s game at Tennessee.

Williams, who was signed this past offseason as a free agent, was coming off a career season in the CFL where he led the league in receiving yards with 1,579 in 18 games with Edmonton. He also had 88 receptions and 11 touchdowns.

In Bills training camp this past summer, Williams came on strong late with solid performances in preseason games at Carolina and Detroit where over those two games he had six receptions for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Williams at 6-3 and 225 pounds did not make the final roster coming out of the preseason and was signed to the team’s practice squad and has made his share of plays in the practice setting. 

Buffalo’s coaching staff likely saw a need on their roster for a big-bodied wideout who could win physical matchups in traffic. 

Williams, 26, now brings Buffalo’s position total at wide receiver to seven, a number rarely seen on the Bills active roster. Though Robert Foster is questionable with a groin injury.

The club released OT Conor McDermott on Thursday to make room for Williams on the roster.

Check out photos of the Bills as the team travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans during the fifth week of the 2019 season. Suited Up is presented by Colvin Cleaners.

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