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Williams released by Patriots

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014
New England Patriots tight end D.J. Williams performs a field drill during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)
New England Patriots tight end D.J. Williams performs a field drill during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

The New England Patriots released D.J. Williams on Thursday.

The former Arkansas tight end was in his second stint with the Patriots, as he signed with New England five days after he was released by the team in December of 2013. The signing came after Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury.

ESPN's Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss did not project Williams to make the 53-man roster, but said he could be kept on an "emergency list," in case any of the Patriots' tight ends are injured during the season.

Williams has played for three NFL teams. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft and spent two seasons in Green Bay before being claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the beginning of the 2013 season.

He has nine career receptions for 70 yards, all of which came with the Packers.

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