Aug 20, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (25) intercepts a pass intended for Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
P.J. WILLIAMS, #2 / OUTSIDE BOUNDARY CORNERBACK
Williams, a 3rd round choice from Florida State in the 2015 draft for New Orleans, has had perhaps the worst luck of any Saints defender.
He never played a down in the 2015 season, having been placed on injured reserve in the preseason for a torn hamstring.
Williams was pegged to be the replacement for Keenan Lewis at the corner spot opposite Delvin Breaux entering 2016. After a solid preseason, Williams’ season ended in the 2nd quarter of the Saints second game at New York against the Giants — in a frightening collision that landed the 23 year old on injured reserve with a concussion and neck injury.
All accounts say that Williams should have a full recovery, and will resume workouts with his team in mini camp of 2017. Although Williams has yet to effectively prove himself as a capable defensive back on the field, remember that he was an All-American at FSU; culminating his college career with an MVP performance in the National Championship against Auburn.
PJ Williams could add a playmaking potential to a Saints defense desperate for one, and his recovery from a scary injury is terrific news.
However, the next player on our list has had an injury history that has some doubting if he should continue his career….