It was hard to miss the play of Kansas City Chiefs WR Fred Williams in Saturday's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. He ended the game with six catches for 82 yards, one touchdown and one excellent touchdown dance.
After a year of no Chiefs receiver catching a touchdown, it was nice to see one hit the end zone.
However, there are plenty of preseason stars each year that you forget about because they don't make the team. Williams is certainly on the roster bubble for the Chiefs. I noticed in Adam Teicher's latest 53-man projection he doesn't have Williams making the team, which made me start thinking of the scenarios where he does make it.
The locks at receiver are Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley and De'Anthony Thomas. Jason Avant is probably making it. That's five receivers for a team that will likely only keep six.
So Williams would be competing directly with Frankie Hammond if the Chiefs only kept six receivers. I like what Williams did more in this preseason but the Chiefs obviously like Hammond based on the reps they gave him last year when Dwayne Bowe was out. For that reason, like Teicher, I would give the edge to Hammond. The Chiefs, however, do not seem to show much preference for "their guys" so even though they have more of an investment in Hammond I expect to pick the best player.
It's just been one game and it's second team work so this could all be way premature. Or it could be the start of Williams becoming a regular contributor for the Chiefs. We shall see.