LaQuan Williams defied the odds when he made the Ravens’ active roster in September as an undrafted rookie. He’s making sure that accomplishment isn’t his only one.
The wide receiver caught two passes for 28 yards in the team’s 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night, and both receptions were long enough to gain first downs. It was the first multi-catch game of his young career.
“His story … it’s a pretty amazing thing,” coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly briefing Monday. “But I don’t think LaQuan looks at it that way. LaQuan looks at it as he’s a part of this team. He’s going out there, and he’s making plays and he’s doing that. That’s how we look at him too. He climbed the ladder for two of those catches on the sideline. Those were big-time catches that big-time receivers make. So there it is. You are what you do in this league, and he’s proven it.”
Williams, who played at Maryland, has taken advantage of the extended absence of veteran Lee Evans (left ankle) and leapfrogged Tandon Doss, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft in April, to be inserted as the third receiver when the offense goes into a three-wideout formation.
Williams was targeted twice on the Ravens’ game-winning drive in the fourth quarter against the Steelers, and Harbaugh said Williams’ inexperience has not discouraged quarterback Joe Flacco from throwing to him.
“Joe’s an interesting guy,” Harbaugh said. “Just talking about Joe, he’ll throw to anybody. He’ll throw to whoever goes out there. He’s got trust in those guys. That’s just who Joe is. That’s just his personality. If the route calls for the ball to go there, he doesn’t hesitate, and LaQuan came through.”
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