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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by Clarke As a Canadian and an avid CFL fan, I can tell you that this guy has some serious talent. I agree with most of your assessments that he'll be used primarily as a returner here, but ...

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:42 AM   #21
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As a Canadian and an avid CFL fan, I can tell you that this guy has some serious talent. I agree with most of your assessments that he'll be used primarily as a returner here, but could see him getting some offensive snaps eventually. Had a bit of an attitude problem up north (thought he was too good for the league), so hopefully that doesn't end up being a problem here.
ok your our inside guy. head case? that is solved when he walks into the locker room or the door hits him in the a$$ when he walks out
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:00 AM   #22
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Chris Williams New Mexico State

2009 NFL Combine
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 5 ft 7 in 170 lb
40-yd dash 4.28 s
10-yd split 1.44 s
20-yd split 2.43 s
3-cone 4.15 s
20-ss 6.84 s
Vert 39 in
Broad 10 ft 7 in
BP 13 reps

All values from NFL Combine
Miami Dolphins

He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on April 30, 2009. He was waived/injured on August 24 and subsequently reverted to injured reserve. He was released with an injury settlement on August 25.
Cleveland Browns

Williams was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad on November 9. He was released on November 18.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Williams originally signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on October 18, 2010 and spent two weeks on the team's practice roster. He was re-signed on May 18, 2011. On September 3, 2012, during the last Labour Day Classic played at Ivor Wynne Stadium, Willams recorded his sixth return touchdown of the year, setting a new CFL record for return touchdowns in a single season. It was also the third consecutive game in which Williams had returned a punt for a touchdown, which also established a new CFL record.[1] Williams finished the season with 16 touchdowns, 1,298 receiving yards and 1,117 punt return yards.

After an outstanding season Willams did not want to return to the Ti-Cats under his current contract of less than $50,000, and on March 15 he tweeted the following, ""Im beefin with my squad im not going back." [2] It is believed that Willams wants to play for an NFL team come the 2013 NFL season. On April 4th it was announced that Williams had contacted the Canadian Football League Players' Association to see if the Ticats violated a provision within the collective bargaining agreement that could lead to the final year of his contract with the Tiger-Cats being voided. Williams claims that the Ticats did not offer him the one year plus an option, but rather just the two-year plus an option contract.[3] After failing to show up for mandatory training camp at the start of June 2013 the Ti-Cats placed him under suspension. Neither Williams nor his agent has made any contact with the Tiger-Cats, despite the team trying to communicate with them. [4] On June 4 2013 an independent arbitrator ruled that Williams' contract with the Tiger-Cats is legal and binding. [5] However, almost 3 months later on August 29, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice over-ruled the decision of the independent arbitrator, declaring Williams is not bound to any contractual obligations with the Tiger-Cats, making him a free agent in the view of the CFL Players Association. The CFL has announced that they will appeal the decision.[6] On October 2 2013 the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced that Williams was free to sign with any NFL team, but they would reserve his CFL rights through the 2014 CFL season.[7]
New Orleans Saints

On October 3, 2013, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints. The move came just one day after he was granted free agency.[8]


well so far i see nothing really surprising looking up the kid. only surprise though mild is the fact the saints sign yet another wr that is more of a kick returner. that is a change of pace.

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Old 10-04-2013, 05:27 AM   #23
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It's about having two D Sproles ... Broncos are putting together a holiday package inspired by what we did to the dolphins ... I'm getting tired Of Peyton manning jocking Brees in particular ...
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:36 AM   #24
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Between he and Hakim we've got some retarded speed on our practice squad ... Line both of them up on one side of the field with Sproles , Graham and Stills opposite . That's the ultimate pick your poison ...

I still want to see a saalim hakim reverse. ...
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I'd sure like to see Sproles NOT returning punts.

This is the answer. The acquisition is to minimize Sproles exposure to injury. It would also mean teams would kick to us giving us a chance to return.
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5 ft 7in 170lbs Don't scream nfl type wr. Kick returner is about all I see in his future here but T.Cadet could be doing that. I would expect to see his name in the waiver wire again pretty soon. I'm surprised we haven't looked at depth with the offensive line or front seven on defensive side.The skilled postions seem to have enough depth. We should be looking for a Big guy to push people off the ball
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Here is a thought, maybe they signed Williams to be the return guy so that Sproles can get more rushing touches?
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Here is a thought, maybe they signed Williams to be the return guy so that Sproles can get more rushing touches?
hep i was starting to think the same thing after a few hours of reading this. but with the play of the OL it makes me nervous. well nervous for all our backs
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Originally Posted by TheOak View Post
This is the answer. The acquisition is to minimize Sproles exposure to injury. It would also mean teams would kick to us giving us a chance to return.
Sorry for being dumb here but why would teams kick to us to purposely allow us to return if the guy is electric? Have I missed something here Surely they would want to guarantee he doesn't run at us.
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Originally Posted by DISPLACEDFAN View Post
5 ft 7in 170lbs Don't scream nfl type wr.
I wonder if the same was said about Sproles at 5'6" 190lbs? Or how about Trindon Holliday (one of the most explosive returners in the game) at 5'5" 177lbs
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