LaQuan Williams followed a still-developing rookie campaign in which he caught four passes for 46 yards with a solid preseason in which he made six grabs for 76 yards and one touchdown and appeared poised to be the Ravens’ No. 4 wide receiver.
But the former Poly and University of Maryland product has been deactivated for each of the Ravens’ first two contests in 2012, forced to watch from the sideline as fellow-second-year veteran Tandon Doss has become the No. 4 wideout.
If Williams is disappointed by the inactivity, he’s not showing it.
“There’s no frustration,” he said after Friday’s practice. “I’ve just got to keep working hard and just keep improving.”
Doss made the first catch of his career in last Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, gaining six yards in the second quarter. Doss was a fourth-round pick last year, while Williams made the team as an undrafted rookie.
Special teams is usually considered a significant factor in deciding whether to activate a player on game day, but coach John Harbaugh said other reasons have played a role in Williams’ inactive status.
“It’s 46 guys, and it’s not just how well a guy is playing. It’s how they fit into the rotation,” Harbaugh said. “You might need more bigger guys or more faster guys or whatever. LaQuan was more caught up in that the first two weeks. But he’s a guy that we really have a lot of confidence in as a special teams player. So I’m sure he’ll be playing a big role as the year goes on.”
Williams said he is intent on refining his game in practice and making an impression with the coaches. And he’s refraining from falling into the trap of letting any frustration affect him physically or mentally.
“It’s not something I can control,” he said. “I can only control what I can control. So I’ll just keep working hard on the field and let everything else take care of itself. … Just waiting and being patient. I’m just waiting for my time.”