Jaguars ink third-round pick Quincy Williams on Wedneday
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced they have signed rookie linebacker Quincy Williams to a deal. The third-round pick was the only member of the 2019 class that had not reached a deal.
All seven of the Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 draft picks are now under contract. The team announced on that third-round pick, linebacker Quincy Williams, agreed to terms with the team.
Williams, who played football at Murray State, is vying for the starting spot at weakside linebacker that was left open when Telvin Smith announced he would not play football in 2019.
"“I’ve been dreaming about this and waiting on this moment my whole life, really,” Williams said Wednesday after his contract was officially signed. “It’s an amazing feeling today.”"
Williams path to the NFL is a curious one considering he was thought to be a rookie free agent who would have to sign on with a team after the Draft. Jacksonville was among a handful of teams that had followed up on the 5-feet-11, 226-pounder who played 43 college games.
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Williams was one of two third-round picks the front office made in April. He was selected with the 98th pick. The team grabbed San Jose State tight end Josh Oliver with the 69th pick, overall. Because of his relative anonymity, his selection was considered a reach by many NFL insiders. That isn’t something that has deterred him from making his presence felt on the practice field so far.
"“I know who I am, so that’s all that matters,” Williams said. “People have their own opinions, but I’m here to answer the question, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’’’"
Williams speed and his ability to hit was evident in a highlight video he posted on YouTube prior to the Draft.
The linebacker room does look different this season without Smith on the field and the organization added new faces while subtracting players from their defensive puzzle.
The Jaguars added middle linebacker Jake Ryan in free agency from Green Bay and then released both Donald Payne and Blair Brown. The Jaguars also added more depth to the unit this offseason by signing fifth-year pro, D.J. Alexander, eighth-year veteran Najee Goode, and fifth-year veteran Ramik Wilson to the 90-man offseason roster. Jacksonville also added James Onwualu off waivers from the 49ers.
Williams is the older brother of Quinnen Williams out of Clemson, who was the New York Jets first-round selection and the third overall pick in April. The Jaguars currently have 14 linebackers in camp.