After the NFL draft the Carolina Panthers went out and picked up more than just a few UDFAs. Some of those UDFAs made an immediate splash in the Panthers news sphere, players like Robert Lester and Colby Cameron, but some went completely under the radar. One of those players who went under the radar is Tight End Brandon Williams.
Williams was a former small town college basketball player who made an opportunity for himself by participating in an NFL Regional Combine where players who usually go unnoticed have a chance to show off. Williams was one of those players who made the most of his opportunity at the Combine and was soon invited to the Carolina Panthers training camp. He quickly made a huge impression on the coaching staff and the fans.
Williams is an extremely athletic player who is again, making the most of his chances. So far in the preseason he has made only two receptions on four targets, but one of those receptions, against the Chicago Bears, went for 24 yards. Williams has great playmaking ability, getting about 10 of those 24 receiving yards after the catch.
This adds yet another layer to the Panthers receiving attack, which lacks in playmakers. The tap runs dry after Smith and Olsen. LaFell and Gettis have some great potential, but it seems those players are tapping into that potential slowly. Williams, with a little more work on his catching and route running, could add an immediate relief to the team somewhat devoid of offensive receiving playmakers.
I’m sure we all remember in Cam’s rookie year, 2011, when the Carolina Panthers ran with two tight ends, Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen. Would it not be fantastic to return to that? With two primarily receiving Tight Ends the Panthers could tear apart defenses with Williams, Olsen, Smith, and LaFell all lining up at the line of scrimmage. Williams is also a huge player. He is an extremely gifted player physically and athletically, much more gifted than the other Tight End on the roster, Ben Hartsock. While Hartsock is primarily a blocking Tight End, Williams has the potential to be a great blocker as well. Watching him in the preseason, he protected Jimmy Clausen well, if not better than some of the third team Offensive Linemen.
With just a little more time to improve his blocking catching ability, Brandon Williams has what it takes to be one the best compliments to Greg Olsen that the Carolina Panthers could have ever dreamed of. He has already proved he can be a playmaker and this is just his first two outings as a Carolina Panther. Just imagine what Williams could achieve with consistent playing time. The world is his oyster.