Undrafted rookie WR Stephen Williams turning heads

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants isn’t the only undrafted rookie wide receiver making headlines this preseason.

There is another one in the desert who is pushing for a job on the 53-man roster and maybe even some playing time. Stephen Williams has been a big contributor for the Arizona Cardinals and looks to have an excellent chance to make the team when final cuts are made on Saturday.

The all-time leader in receptions and yards from Toledo, Williams went undrafted. That means scouts missed on two players from Toledo because reports out of Dallas have been favorable for safety Barry Church, an undrafted product who some scouts felt was a little slow. Just goes to show that scouting is an inexact science.

Williams is a big target at 6-5 and he is coming off a big game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field when he caught five passes for 79 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Anderson in the second quarter.

“It was a good game,” Williams said, according to the Arizona Republic. “I wanted more progress and to show more of my skills and get more trust with the first-team offense, so it was a very good feeling.

“Every week it seems like my confidence gets higher and higher. I'm trying to put myself in front of my teammates and my coaches and let them know I can play in this league."

Players know players and Larry Fitzgerald has raved about Williams. That could be the best sign of all.

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