New Miami Dolphins receiver Damian Williams had a career-low 15 receptions for 178 yards last season with the Tennessee Titans. However, Williams does not lack confidence as he begins a new chapter in Miami.
Williams, a former 2010 third-round pick, believes he has plenty of good football left in him. Williams recorded 106 receptions in four seasons with Tennessee and will look to add depth to Miami's group of receivers.
"I think I'm a pretty complete receiver," Williams said in a conference call with the Miami media. "Mainly I'm a cerebral player. There's not too many times I go into a game that I'm not prepared mentally, which obviously enhances the physical aspect of the game.
"I run good routes, I'm a disciplined player, I feel like I can help as far as leadership in the room, I've been around the game long enough that I understand the way things work."
Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is doing a solid job of promoting competition all across the roster. Miami currently has eight wide receivers -- and not all of them will make the cut. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are locks as starters. But the other six receivers, such as Williams, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns, will all compete for roles in the offense and roster spots.
Hickey spent many of his 18 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scouting college players and has kept an eye on Williams for many years.
"Damian has been a good player going back through his Arkansas to USC days," Hickey said. "I've always followed him through his career. He's a quality player and a good person that we are excited to add to the Miami Dolphins."
Williams, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Miami Friday, increases his chances to stick with his special teams versatility. In addition to finding a role at receiver, Williams also is expected to compete with Marcus Thigpen, Miami's primary kick and punt returner last season.
"We briefly discussed it," Williams said of special teams. "They just asked me how I felt about being in the return game and I just told them that it's something that I definitely enjoy doing and a way that I feel like I could help the team and that was as far as the discussion went."