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Nick Williams Catches Second-Straight Touchdown

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver Nick Williams on Thursday night caught a touchdown from quarterback Kirk Cousins -- his second touchdown in as many preseason games.

For the second time in as many games, wide receiver Nick Williams hauled in a late touchdown to put points on the scoreboard for the Washington Redskins.

Starting a drive on their own 20-yard line midway through the fourth quarter of the team's preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Kirk Cousins led the offense on an efficient drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown to the former college free agent.

Providing the coaches with visual proof of his growth while also competing for a spot on the final 53-man roster, Williams said it’s been “pretty cool” to record a touchdown in back-to-back games.

“This is uncharted territory,” Williams said when asked about logging two touchdowns so far in the preseason. “It’s always a good feeling to score a touchdown in the NFL, but now I have two.”

Earlier this week against Cleveland, Williams burst past the Browns’ secondary for a 30-yard touchdown reception, which proved to be the team's winning score in their 24-23 victory Monay night.

While his strength may be his speed and agility in the open field, Williams demonstrated that he shouldn’t necessarily be penciled in as just a speed guy during his short-yardage touchdown reception.

“I don’t think I’m necessarily a goal line-type receiver, but I can definitely do it,” the former UConn Huskie said. “There’s some tighter windows down there, and I’m not a fade guy in the back of the end zone, but there are some tight windows in the coverage, where you can get open for a quick second, you need a good quarterback who can fit it in there.

“There was a hole in there tonight (and I found it).”

Williams continued by saying that Cousins did a good job analyzing the defense and seeing that he was open in the process.

“I think it was kind of like a read across the board and you pick who has the leverage, pick who has the matchup,” Williams said of Cousins’ progressing through his reads.  “I think he saw something with where the safeties were aligned and it was just a good read by him.”

Cousins – who connected with Williams three times on the evening – said he’s notice how hard the wide receiver’s been working on strengthening his all-around game.

Williams was called up from the practice squad late during the 2013 season and recorded three catches for 15 yards.  

“Nick really studies the position and he carries himself like a professional every day,” Cousins said. “I am just happy to see it come to fruition with touchdowns the last two weeks.

“He is a good receiver that can help us.”

Moving forward, Williams is hoping that what he puts on film will help strengthen his case of making the active roster for the Redskins’ Week 1 game vs. the Houston Texans.

But it won't be easy. Although the Redskins are loaded at the wide receiver spot, Williams said he's satisfied that he's left it all out on the field.

“It’s a crowded room,” Williams said of the wide receivers. “There’s a lot of talent at the top, there’s a lot of talent at the bottom.

“It’ll be interesting.”




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