Williamson vying for roster spot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Troy Williamson gave the Jaguars a glimpse of the wide receiver they think he can be during the team's OTAs (organized team activities) this week.


Williamson, a former Silver Bluff High and University of South Carolina standout, made an impressive sideline catch Monday and then ran behind two defenders to pull in a touchdown pass in the back corner of the end zone Tuesday.

"Troy's done well," coach Jack Del Rio said. "He's done a nice job of competing."

If Williamson keeps making plays like that, he can put himself in the mix for a wide receiver job at a position that became more competitive when the Jaguars signed free agent Torry Holt and drafted three rookie wide receivers.

The Jaguars obtained Williamson, the seventh player chosen in the 2005 draft by Minnesota, in a trade last year for a sixth-round pick. Noted for his speed, Williamson caught only 79 passes in three years with the Vikings and gained a reputation for dropping passes.

Williamson was hampered by thigh and groin injuries in his first year with the Jaguars. He appeared in only eight games, started two and caught only five passes although he had a 69-yard play called back by penalty.

"I think the key is for Troy to keep himself healthy so that he can have a chance to display his skill and his athleticism. He should be able to get some things done if he can stay on the football field for us," Del Rio said.

The other thing he has to do is catch the ball.

"I make the easy catches always harder than what they're supposed to be and make the hard ones look easy," Williamson acknowledged.

Del Rio doesn't want to dwell on Williamson's past problems.

"To me, what was is not important as what is going forward. I think he's worked hard at focusing and being strong with his hands through the catch.

Guys have a chance throughout their career to peel some of those labels off if they work at it, and he'll have that opportunity," he said.



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