FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots special-teams captain Matthew Slater needed no introduction to his new teammate, LaQuan Williams. Slater remembers the former Baltimore Ravens special-teamer well, in part because of a big play he made in the AFC Championship Game in the 2011 season.
The Ravens had just scored to go ahead 17-16 late in the third quarter, and on the ensuing kickoff, Williams chased down kickoff returner Danny Woodhead from the back side and jarred the ball free.
Those types of plays are why the 6-foot, 195-pound Williams is here, as the Patriots' coverage teams have sprung some leaks in recent weeks.
"That was a big play for them in a big game," Slater said, joking that Patriots special-teams coach Scott O'Brien had already brought the play up a few times on Tuesday.
"He plays very hard. He has a high motor. He can run really well. He has a lot of experience and those guys in Baltimore are well coached and they play the game the right way. He was around some great players in [Brendon] Ayanbadejo and Corey Graham so I’m sure he learned some things from those guys. It will definitely be a boost for us. We’re happy to have him. He was eager to work hard today and asked a lot of questions and tried to get caught up to speed."
Williams, who played for the Ravens from 2011-12 and spent 2013 training camp and preseason with them before being released, will wear No. 16 with the Patriots.
Similar to Slater, while he is listed as a receiver, Williams isn't expected to play a major role at that position. In 23 career games, he has four receptions.