College free agent has opened 2016 on roster ... Spent rookie 2015 regular season on Bengals practice squad, and he was added to roster for Wild Card playoff (inactive) ... Appeared in 53 games with 17 starts during his four-year career at Clemson.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-8-15 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-5-15 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-6-15 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-6-16.
2016 highlights: Inactive for Games 1-4 ... Posted 10 tackles while appearing in all four preseason games.
Previous season: 2015—Played in all four preseason games, with a pair of sacks among his four tackles ... On Bengals practice squad for Games 1-16 ... Signed to roster for Wild Card playoff, replacing injured DT Brandon Thompson, and was inactive for the game.
College: Played four seasons (2011-14) at Clemson ... Emerged as a co-starter in 2013 and ’14 ... Logged 161 tackles, including 16.5 for loss and five sacks, during his career ... Appeared in 13 games (seven starts) as a senior, with a fourth-down pass breakup to ice win vs. Louisville ... Earned invite after senior season to NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game ... Blocked a PAT in 2013 season Orange Bowl win against No. 6 Ohio State.
Personal: Hometown is Central, S.C. ... Attended Daniel (S.C.) High School, where he logged 106 tackles as a senior, including 26 for-loss and seven sacks ... Helped lead Daniel to 13-1 records as both a sophomore and junior ... Third in state in shot put as a prep junior ... Earned sociology degree from Clemson ... Father, Ronald, rushed for 1824 yards at Clemson from 1990-92.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Williams did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2015 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games.
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