Former UW star Kasen Williams is sick of being on the practice squad, and he’s steadily building a good case as to why he should make the Seahawks’ 53-man roster
Against Minnesota Friday night at CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks receiver Kasen Williams picked up right where he left off last week in the Seahawks win over the Chargers in their preseason opener – dominating defensive backs on a mission to prove that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.
Williams earned the start, in part because, as expected, Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett did not dress for the game, and he played with a hunger burnished by two years spent sweating through endless practices, injury rehab and conditioning drills and just waiting his turn.
“I’ve been on the practice squad for two years now, and quite honestly, I’m tired of it,” said Williams, who went undrafted out of UW in 2015, and has spent the bulk of the last two seasons on the Seahawks’ practice squad. “I’m still here, I’m persevering though it, and I just know this is my opportunity.
A week after his four-reception, 119-yard performance against the Los Angeles Chargers, Williams’s stat line was a little more modest this time – two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.
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But in this case, quality trumped quantity, because unlike last week against the Chargers when Williams was matched against unproven backup defensive backs, Williams catches on Friday came against Minnesota’s starting cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings’ Pro-Bowl cornerback who signed a five-year, $70-million contract extension in July.
On the Seahawks’ opening drive, Williams made an acrobatic one-handed grab over the head of Rhodes, corralling a deep pass from Russell Wilson for a 27-yard reception.
He followed that up with a 1-yard touchdown reception to get the Seahawks on the board 7-0.
“It was more important for me to do it against a starting corner – somebody that’s known in the league,” Williams said. “For me to do it now was perfect for me.”
But that wasn’t enough.
On the ensuing Vikings kickoff, Williams showed off his speed, booking it downfield to make a solo stop on Minnesota returner Jerick McKinnon, who managed only 10 yards before Williams brought him down at…