Former East St. Louis star wide receiver Daniel Williams was waived by the New York Jets on Saturday as teams pared their rosters prior to their NFL season openers Sunday.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Williams, 22, was signed to bolster the Jets’ receiving corps, but he suffered a concussion in practice Aug. 17 and was unable to play in a preseason game.
Williams played at Jackson State, where he had a school-record 184 catches for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Jets hoped he could provide depth at receiver, and Williams was confident he could help until the concussion derailed those plans.
Williams participated in rookie minicamp with the Oakland Raiders in May but was released. The Jets invited him to work out for them at their training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. Immediately after the workout, they offered Williams a contract.
Williams graduated from East St. Louis in 2013. As a senior with the Flyers, he had 39 catches for 729 yards and eight TDs.
Williams had 73 catches for 1,004 yards and nine TDs as a sophomore at Jackson State. As a senior last fall, he had 47 receptions for 599 yards and three TDs.