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2012 Draft Prep: Our 10-team mock draft

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Look over the roster grid for any 10-team draft and you should see 10 all-star squads. It's hard to make a mistake in this type of format because there are so many good players at your disposal.

Since there is a deeper talent pool you can afford to take some risks on Draft Day or alter your plan. For example, you might consider drafting three running backs with your first three picks. You might splurge for a quarterback where you would otherwise wait, or delay drafting a quarterback because you can get a standout option with a late-round pick. The choice is yours.

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In this draft, I went against my usual draft strategy on waiting for a quarterback when Matthew Stafford fell to the end of Round 2. You can't pass on that kind of value, especially with Arian Foster in Round 1 and Jamaal Charles in Round 3.

Peter Madden decided to draft Julio Jones at the end of the first round as the second receiver off the board behind Calvin Johnson because he felt Jones was the best player available. He still got Drew Brees in Round 2, which is an excellent start.

Will Brinson drafted Ray Rice, Jimmy Graham and Cam Newton with his first three picks. He was also able to get Philip Rivers as his No. 2 quarterback – in Round 10.

Dave Richard wanted the two best running backs in Detroit, so he drafted Kevin Smith in Round 7 and Mikel Leshoure in Round 8, four picks apart. Nathan Zegura gambled on Trent Richardson in Round 2 and Adrian Peterson in Round 3 even with injury concerns. But he was able to back them up with Frank Gore and DeAngelo Williams, so he should be covered if Richardson and Peterson are limited early in the year.

As you can see here, every team is stacked. The key to winning a 10-team league is avoiding injuries, being smart with your waiver-wire picks and, of course, luck. But everyone should be a winner on Draft Day.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
3. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
5. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
6. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Eisenberg Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Brinson Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Kopf LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Aizer Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
5 Tobin Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
6 Zegura Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
7 Di Fino Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
8 Freeman Tom Brady, QB, NE
9 Richard DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
10 Madcden Julio Jones, WR, ATL
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
11 Madden Drew Brees, QB, NO
12 Richard Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
13 Freeman Steven Jackson, RB, STL
14 Di Fino Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
15 Zegura Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
16 Tobin Matt Forte, RB, CHI
17 Aizer Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
18 Kopf Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
19 Brinson Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
20 Eisenberg Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
21 Eisenberg Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
22 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
23 Kopf Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
24 Aizer Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
25 Tobin Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
26 Zegura Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
27 Di Fino Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
28 Freeman Greg Jennings, WR, GB
29 Richard Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
30 Madden Doug Martin, RB, TB
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
31 Madden A.J. Green, WR, CIN
32 Richard Roddy White, WR, ATL
33 Freeman Michael Turner, RB, ATL
34 Di Fino Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
35 Zegura Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
36 Tobin Wes Welker, WR, NE
37 Aizer Darren Sproles, RB, NO
38 Kopf Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
39 Brinson Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
40 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
41 Eisenberg Steve Smith, WR, CAR
42 Brinson Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
43 Kopf BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
44 Aizer Marques Colston, WR, NO
45 Tobin Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
46 Zegura Frank Gore, RB, SF
47 Di Fino Antonio Gates, TE, SD
48 Freeman Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
49 Richard Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
50 Madden DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
51 Madden Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
52 Richard Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
53 Freeman Miles Austin, WR, DAL
54 Di Fino Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
55 Zegura Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
56 Tobin Eric Decker, WR, DEN
57 Aizer Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
58 Kopf Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
59 Brinson Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
60 Eisenberg Donald Brown, RB, IND
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
61 Eisenberg Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
62 Brinson Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
63 Kopf Michael Vick, QB, PHI
64 Aizer Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
65 Tobin Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
66 Zegura DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
67 Di Fino Cedric Benson, RB, GB
68 Freeman Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
69 Richard Kevin Smith, RB, DET
70 Madden Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
71 Madden Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
72 Richard Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
73 Freeman Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
74 Di Fino Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
75 Zegura Robert Meachem, WR, SD
76 Tobin Eli Manning, QB, NYG
77 Aizer C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
78 Kopf Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
79 Brinson Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
80 Eisenberg Titus Young, WR, DET
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
81 Eisenberg Ben Tate, RB, HOU
82 Brinson Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
83 Kopf Nate Washington, WR, TEN
84 Aizer Tony Romo, QB, DAL
85 Tobin Jason Witten, TE, DAL
86 Zegura Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
87 Di Fino Mark Ingram, RB, NO
88 Freeman Vernon Davis, TE, SF
89 Richard Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
90 Madden Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
91 Madden Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
92 Richard Greg Little, WR, CLE
93 Freeman Fred Davis, TE, WAS
94 Di Fino Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
95 Zegura Michael Bush, RB, CHI
96 Tobin Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
97 Aizer Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
98 Kopf Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
99 Brinson Philip Rivers, QB, SD
100 Eisenberg David Wilson, RB, NYG
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
101 Eisenberg Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
102 Brinson Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
103 Kopf LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
104 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
105 Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
106 Zegura Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
107 Di Fino Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
108 Freeman Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
109 Richard Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
110 Madden Randy Moss, WR, SF
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
111 Madden Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
112 Richard 49ers DST
113 Freeman Felix Jones, RB, DAL
114 Di Fino Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
115 Zegura Evan Royster, RB, WAS
116 Tobin Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
117 Aizer Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
118 Kopf Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
119 Brinson Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
120 Eisenberg Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
121 Eisenberg Packers DST
122 Brinson Eagles DST
123 Kopf Ravens DST
124 Aizer Texans DST
125 Tobin Bears DST
126 Zegura Giants DST
127 Di Fino Cowboys DST
128 Freeman Mason Crosby, K, GB
129 Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
130 Madden Steelers DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
131 Madden David Akers, K, SF
132 Richard Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
133 Freeman Jets DST
134 Di Fino Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
135 Zegura Garrett Hartley, K, NO
136 Tobin Jason Hanson, K, DET
137 Aizer Dan Bailey, K, DAL
138 Kopf Alex Henery, K, PHI
139 Brinson Robbie Gould, K, CHI
140 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DEN
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.7 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
3.4 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.7 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.4 Marques Colston, WR, NO
6.7 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
7.4 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
8.7 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
9.4 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
10.7 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
11.4 Lance Moore, WR, NO
12.7 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
13.4 Texans DST
14.7 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.8 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
3.3 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
4.8 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.3 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
6.8 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
7.3 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
8.8 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
9.3 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
10.8 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.3 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
12.8 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
13.3 Ravens DST
14.8 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.2 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
3.9 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.2 Roddy White, WR, ATL
5.9 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.2 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
7.9 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
8.2 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
9.9 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
10.2 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.9 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
12.2 49ers DST
13.9 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
14.2 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.10 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
3.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
4.10 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
5.1 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
6.10 Donald Brown, RB, IND
7.1 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
8.10 Titus Young, WR, DET
9.1 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
10.10 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.1 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
12.10 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
13.1 Packers DST
14.10 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.6 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.5 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.6 Wes Welker, WR, NE
5.5 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.6 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.5 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
8.6 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
9.5 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
10.6 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
11.5 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.6 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
13.5 Bears DST
14.6 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Mike Freeman
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.3 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
3.8 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
4.3 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
5.8 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
6.3 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
7.8 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
8.3 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
9.8 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
10.3 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
11.8 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
12.3 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
13.8 Mason Crosby, K, GB
14.3 Jets DST
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.4 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
3.7 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
4.4 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
5.7 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
6.4 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
7.7 Cedric Benson, RB, GB
8.4 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
9.7 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
10.4 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
11.7 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
12.4 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
13.7 Cowboys DST
14.4 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.5 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
3.6 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
4.5 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.6 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.5 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
7.6 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
8.5 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
9.6 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
10.5 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
11.6 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
12.5 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
13.6 Giants DST
14.5 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.1 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.10 Doug Martin, RB, TB
4.1 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
5.10 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
6.1 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
7.10 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
8.1 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
9.10 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
10.1 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
11.10 Randy Moss, WR, SF
12.1 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
13.10 Steelers DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.9 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.2 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
4.9 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
5.2 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
6.9 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
7.2 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
8.9 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.2 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
10.9 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
11.2 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
12.9 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
13.2 Eagles DST
14.9 Robbie Gould, K, CHI

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Vikings' Bridgewater 'extremely comfortable' with leadership role
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his role as leader of the offense, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’m a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," Bridgewater said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I’ve been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

Coach Mike Zimmer is satsfied with the work Bridgewater has done during the offseason.

"It’s hard to never not be pleased with Teddy because he’s such a hard worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger; he looks a little bit bigger to me. He’s always worked real hard. The leadership things are starting to come better. I think he’s been doing a good job the two days we’ve been out here against the defense."

Bridgewater made 12 starts in his rookie season and played 13 games in all, racking up 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.


Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders hoping to reach 1,000 yards
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes the new offensive scheme in Denver will effect his numbers, accoridng to the team's website.

Sanders is working with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and coach Gary Kubiak to install the team's new offense and noted it's very different from last year's spread attack.

"You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different," Sanders said. 

"It's a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I'm in it," said Sanders. "Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm."

Sanders, who totaled 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, doesn't think he'll accomplish the same numbers.

"Of course obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses, well I'm praying that it is, but obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you're going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes," said Sanders. "Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games."


Cowboys rookie La'el Collins taking reps at RT in OTAs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cowboys rookie offensive lineman La'el Collins started offseason team activities on Wednesday taking reps at right tackle, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Collins, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, could also see time at left guard. But the rookie is taking his first reps with the team at right tackle with Darrion Weems while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery.

"We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

"The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he's going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free's absence and we'll just see how that unfolds." 


Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.


Report: Falcons' Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.


Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."


Chiefs' Mike Catapano on his health: I feel better than ever
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) After missing the entire 2014 season with a gastrointestinal virus, Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano was able to participate in the team's OTA on Wednesday, reports The Kansas City Star.

"Every time I step on the field now it's with purpose and with extra vigor that I never really had," Catapano said. "It feels great. I feel better than ever."

Catapano played in 15 games during his rookie season in 2013 and he totaled four tackles and one sack. He said he's ready to surpass that in 2015.

"I'm ready to show that I offer a lot to this team. I'm ready to step up in big situations and starting situations," Catapano said. "I just want to keep getting better every day… and play to the best of my abilities."


Broncos' Manning, Sanders keeping up with Thomas during holdout
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the star receiver, the Denver Post reports.

"One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head," Sanders said. "As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,' of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human."

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

"I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy," Manning said. "They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him."

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.


Raiders sign Horace Miller, Milton Williams
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) The Raiders have signed linebacker Horace Miller and wide receiver Milton Williams, the team announced on Wednesday.

Miller was waived by the Panthers earlier this offseason after spending one week on the active roster but seeing no playing time. Williams originally signed with the Raiders earlier this month before being waived a few days later.


 
 
 
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