MACOMB, Ill. - A Western Illinois standout linebacker from 2004-08, and 2008 Buck Buchanan finalist, Jason Williams, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday (Oct. 9th) and was placed on the active roster.
Williams has played mostly at linebacker, but will be summoned to be an impact player on special teams for head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
"I'm going to try and bring in guys -- until we get it right -- that can impact you on special teams." Reid said. "We'll give this kid an opportunity and see how he does."
Williams is excited for the opportunity and looks forward to playing a role in all aspects of special teams on Sunday (Oct. 14) in Detroit.
"I'm a special teams guy," Williams said. "That's what I love doing, so I'm ready to help."
In 2011, Williams racked up 25 tackles and two forced fumbles in 14 games played for the Panthers. In 2010, Williams split time between the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers and finished with 19 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in nine games.
Originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the highest draft selection ever for Western Illinois, Williams played in five games and collected three tackles during the 2009 campaign.
(Information also used from CBSSports and ESPN)