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D.J. Williams tweets he's been released

Aug. 31, 2013
 
D.J. Williams said on social media Saturday afternoon that he had been released by the Packers.
D.J. Williams said on social media Saturday afternoon that he had been released by the Packers.

The Green Bay Packers have apparently decided D.J. Williams was the odd man out of their cluttered tight-end room.

A fifth-round pick in 2011, Williams wrote on his Twitter account Saturday afternoon that he had been given his release from the Packers after two seasons, a tweet later confirmed by a league source.

“We'll pack nation. It was fun. Thanks for all the support and good memories. There's no place like lambeau field. Wish all the best !”

Williams was a record-setting receiving tight end at the University of Arkansas, but developed more of a niche as a blocker and special-teams player in Green Bay.

Undersized at 6-foot-2, 238 pounds, Williams showed flashes of that collegiate playmaking ability during each of his first two training camps, but caught only nine passes for 70 yards in 26 regular-season games.

The feasibility of keeping Williams for a third season was thrown into question with the signing of blocking tight end Matthew Mulligan, Andrew Quarless returning from injury and maturation of practice-squad project Brandon Bostick.

Despite being the special-teams captain in Thursday’s preseason finale against Kansas City, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Bostick replaced him on most of the first-team units, drawing into question where Williams fit.

Williams contributed in a number of different areas on the field, but his jack-of-all-trades skill left him vulnerable behind Mulligan, the blocking specialist, and special-teams stalwart Ryan Taylor.

Personable and outspoken about his family’s journey to overcome his father’s domestic violence, Williams had an outgoing nature to him that included welcoming Bostick down to Arkansas this offseason to train with him.

Understanding the receiver-turned-tight end could be one of his primary adversaries come training camp, Williams wasn’t deterred.

“I think what it comes down to it is you need to be a good teammate. That’s the key part about it,” said Williams a little more than a week ago. “If it calls of me giving good advice and that guy getting the job over me, then he deserved it. If it’s vice versa, then I deserve it. At the same time at the end of the day, we’re all going to help each other and be happy for each other.”

The Packers still need to cut at least one or likely two more candidates from their tight end room with rookie tight end Jake Stoneburner also factoring into that equation.

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