THE BRANCH — The Falcons contacted safety Brian Williams about 3
p.m. on Sunday.
It was less than 24 hours after the team had to submit its list of final cuts for the 53-man roster.
Safety Jamaal Fudge, who had a good training camp, was the odd man out.
“Right now, I’m just here to embrace whatever role is here for me,” Williams said. “I want to help this team win games and do whatever I can to contribute.”
It’s not clear how Williams, or recently acquired Tye Hill are going to solve the Falcons’ cornerback issues.
“Brian Williams is guy who played all three positions for us in Jacksonville,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He played corner, he’s played nickel and he’s played safety. Last season he started six games at safety and 10 games at corner.”
Williams became available after refusing a pay cut from the Jaguars.
“He’s a guy that fits in to what we are looking for, in terms of being a cross trained player,” Smith said. “He can really play all three. We are going to have an opportunity over the next few days to evaluate Brian in a number of positions.
FAST CASH MAKES SQUAD: When Terry Robiskie came on board as the
team’s wide receivers coach last season, assistant head coach/secondary Emmitt Thomas made a point of talking to him about Eric Weems.
Thomas told Robiskie that some players might be bigger, stronger and faster than Weems, but that nobody was going to work harder. All of that hardwork paid off for Weems, who made the roster after spending much of the last two seasons on the practice squad.
Weems, a standout at Bethune Cookman of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, landed the fifth receiver spot and will try to fill Harry Douglas‘ spot as the punt returner.
“Every year, his nickname seems to change,” Robiskie said. “The first year I got here, they called him ‘Little T.I.’ and he loved it. He’s a bubbly kid. Now, today, we call him ‘Living Fast for the Cash’ because he’s making some money now. He’s off the practice squad. ‘Living Fast’ is doing good. He’s become a good player for us. He’s progressing extremely well.”