Patriots Will Meet With USC Wide Receiver Damian Williams


March 23, 2010

USC wide receiver Damian Williams will join former Trojans coach Pete Carroll in making the jump to the NFL next season. Could Williams be doing it with the Patriots?

According to, New England will meet with Williams in Southern California on Wednesday, one week before the Trojans' pro day on March 31. Patriots officials will reportedly meet with the USC receiver, but will not work him out.

Williams could provide solid value to the Patriots in this year's draft. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Williams proved he's a talented athlete as a wide receiver and punt returner for the Trojans, posting his best season of 70 catches for 1,010 yards in 2009. He capped off his collegiate career with 12 catches for 189 yards in USC's Emerald Bowl victory over Boston College.

The Arizona native has shown the ability to play special teams as well. Williams finished sixth in the nation with 14.2 yards per punt return last season.

Williams considered entering last year's draft with ex-USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, but he decided to stay in school instead. Next season, he could become Sanchez's rival as a member of the Patriots.

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