D. J. Williams TE NE 10 Days

Williams has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports.

Williams, who was a candidate to work as a depth TE behind Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui, hasn't practiced since suffering a right leg injury Aug. 5 and is thought to be about a week and a half away from practicing. Once he is healthy, the report suggests that Williams could be a candidate to re-join the Patriots.

D. J. Williams TE NE 2 Months

The Patriots' website considers D.J. Williams a long shot to make New England's 53-man roster.

Williams is the Patriots' top "move" tight end, but his roster spot won't be guaranteed if Rob Gronkowski (knee) is available for Week 1. Michael Hoomanawanui is a lock to return after re-signing to a two-year deal in March and New England likes blocking FB/TE James Develin. Williams is the only player capable of playing the "F" position in the Patriots' offense and should push for a role in two tight-end sets if he makes the team.

D. J. Williams TE NE 3 Months

D.J. Williams is currently the top "move" tight end on the Patriots.

In other words, the Patriots don't have anyone to play the "F" position once held by Aaron Hernandez. Williams is a borderline NFL player with nine catches in 35 career games. Tom Brady projects to use a three-wide formation featuring Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson as his base.

D. J. Williams TE NE 9 Months

Patriots waived TE D.J. Williams.

Williams was signed last week. Now the Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) is back at practice, Williams is no longer needed.

D. J. Williams TE NE 9 Months

Patriots signed TE D.J. Williams.

Williams provides insurance for No. 2 tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who is dealing with a sprained knee. He's not going to have a meaningful role as a pass catcher.

D. J. Williams TE NE 10 Months

Jaguars waived TE D.J. Williams and signed WR Cary Taylor off the Cardinals' practice squad.

Although Marcedes Lewis (calf) has barely played, Williams has recorded no catches on the season. The ex-Packer is allegedly a pass-catching tight end. Taylor takes suspended Justin Blackmon's roster spot, sliding in as the No. 4 wideout.

D. J. Williams TE NE 12 Months

Jaguars claimed TE D.J. Williams off waivers from the Packers.

D. J. Williams TE NE 12 Months

Packers waived TE D.J. Williams.

D. J. Williams TE NE Aug 22 '131 Comment

ESPN.com doesn't project Packers TE D.J. Williams to make the final roster.

Williams, a 2011 fifth-round pick, has reportedly been far too inconsistent. He practices well, but never carries it over to the games. Williams has just three catches for 25 yards through two preseason games, and has been destroyed as a run blocker. He has just nine career catches in 26 games.

D. J. Williams TE NE Jun 30 '13

ESPN Boston mentions Packers TE D.J. Williams and Eagles TE Clay Harbor as "names that come to mind" if the Patriots want to try and trade for a tight end.

Beat writer Field Yates is just tossing a couple of names in the air. He wasn't suggesting the Patriots were actually targeting Williams or Harbor, but either one could make some sense. Harbor has fallen out of favor in Philadelphia, and Williams has caught just nine passes in 26 career games as he's been hard-pressed to find the field. Green Bay may be more inclined to keep Williams, especially with Jermichael Finley's contract wrapping up after 2013. Both Williams and Harbor are athletic catch-first tight ends.