New England Patriots: LaQuan Williams

Patriots release WR LaQuan Williams

November, 15, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots announced the release of wide receiver LaQuan Williams, the former Baltimore Raven who had been signed on Nov. 5 and was expected to provide help on special teams.

Williams didn't play in a game for the team, and it was reported after he signed, by the Baltimore Sun, that he is being sued after an alleged incident outside of a Washington, D.C., strip club.

With an open roster spot, it could pave the way for the Patriots to activate running back Shane Vereen off the injured reserve/designated to return list. Vereen, who starred in a season-opening win over the Bills, broke his wrist in that game and has been sidelined since. He's practiced in each of the past three weeks and this week marks the first time he's eligible to be activated.

Williams faces suit after alleged assault

November, 12, 2013
Patriots wide receive LaQuan Williams, signed to the team last week, is being sued after an alleged incident outside of a Washington, D.C., strip club, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The report states that Williams faces a civil suit seeking $1 million in compensatory damages in addition to $6 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages from Williams and Anthony McCrae, an area police officer.

The incident arose after Williams and a group of roughly 30 acquaintances were asked to leave the club due to the use of illegal substances, including marijuana.

The suit, filed by Owen Collier Jr. and Anthony Smart, a security guard at the strip club, reads:

"They were escorted outside into the parking lot area by the club's security personnel where defendant LaQuan Williams assaulted and battered a member of the security team, plaintiff Anthony Smart," the lawsuit alleges. "Defendant LaQuan Williams assaulted and punched Smart. He did so intentionally, with malice and without provocation. ... Other members of defendant Williams' entourage then attacked security personnel who attempted to assist Mr. Smart."

The lawsuit claims that the incident, which did not result in any criminal charges, induced serious injuries to Collier, including traumatic brain injury.

The report states that the Patriots had no comment on the matter at this time and that an initial hearing for the lawsuit has been scheduled for Jan. 31, 2014.

Source: Pats sign WR Williams

November, 5, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have signed wide receiver LaQuan Williams to the active roster and running back Cierre Wood to the practice squad, according to a league source.

Both players previously worked out for the team, as Wood was in Foxborough on Monday and Williams worked out on Oct. 15.

Williams, originally an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2011, was previously a member of the Ravens organization. Though not a big part of the Ravens' offense last season, he did bring special-teams value to their Super Bowl team.

Wood was undrafted out of Notre Dame this year but made the Texans' roster as a depth level running back. He was recently released after violating team rules during a trip for a road game in Kansas City. He played in three games for the Texans, rushing three times for a total of nine yards.

While the Patriots had an open spot on the practice squad, they will have to create an open active roster spot for Williams.

Source: Pats give 3 WRs, 1 TE tryouts

October, 15, 2013
The New England Patriots hosted four players for tryouts Tuesday, according to a league source: wide receivers Jordan Shipley, LaQuan Williams and Devon Wylie, as well as tight end Brandon Barden.

Shipley is the most experienced of the wide receivers, as he was taken in the third round of the 2010 draft by the Bengals out of Texas. The 27-year-old has 79 career catches for 858 yards and four touchdowns. His most recent NFL stop was in Jacksonville, where he spent part of the 2012 season before he was released this year at the conclusion of the preseason.

Wylie was a fourth-round pick last year by the Chiefs, who hoped he would develop into a productive kick returner and slot presence. His role in Kansas City never fully developed, however, and he was waived at the end of training camp. He has since spent time on the Cardinals' practice squad.

Williams, originally an undrafted free agent out of Maryland, spent 2011 and 2012 with the Ravens before he was waived at the end of training camp this season. He played primarily on special teams in Baltimore, serving as both a kickoff returner and core special-teams coverage player.

Barden, a Vanderbilt product, spent the 2012 season with the Titans, primarily on the practice squad. The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder is athletic enough to be a "move" tight end, who often is aligned as a receiver or even a fullback.