Report: Lions Working Out Tight End D.J. Williams
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By Ashley Dunkak
After starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew briefly left Sunday’s game with an injury, the Detroit Lions apparently wasted little time before shopping around for help at the position. Pettigrew returned to the game, but National Football Post reports the team is working out tight end D.J. Williams, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars recently cut.
A third-year player out of Arkansas, Williams has 70 yards on nine catches in his career. He played in 13 games in both 2011 and 2012 for the Green Bay Packers and got time in seven games this season for the Jaguars.
In addition to Pettigrew, the Lions have rookie tight end Joseph Fauria, who made a splash early in the season with touchdown catches and subsequent dancing celebrations. The target of 17 passes, Fauria has 10 catches, nine of which have gone for first downs, including five touchdowns. Since a banner game in which he snagged three catches, all for scores, on Oct. 13, Fauria has not scored.
Pettigrew, a five-year veteran, has 34 catches for 332 yards this season. A target 51 times, Pettigrew has scored one touchdown and recorded 14 first downs for the Lions.