The New England Patriots signed former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and core special-teamer LaQuan Williams in early November, about two months after he was released by the Ravens during roster cutdowns. Williams took Austin Collie’s spot on the roster, as Collie was cut after suffering yet another knee injury.
Williams’s time in New England didn’t last very long, and that doesn’t come as a surprise at all. With Shane Vereen set to be activated from the short-term injured reserve, someone had to be the odd man out. That man is Williams, as the Patriots have officially announced that they have cut ties with the special teams player who never even appeared in a game with the Patriots.
Not sure if this has anything to do with his release, but Williams is also being sued for an assault after an apparent fight outside of a nightclub over the summer. It’s unclear as to whether or not the Patriots knew about that incident at the time of his signing, so it is unclear if this incident factored into his release. They didn’t need him anyway, because his only valid contribution is on special teams, and the Patriots already have the best core special-teamer in the game in Matthew Slater, who is also a WR. Williams just didn’t have a spot on the roster with Vereen’s activation looming, and that’s the most important piece of it.