The Falcons top pick from the 2006 draft was cut today. Safety Jimmy Williams was released in what head coach Mike Smith termed a “football decision” per the AJC. Williams was selected by the Falcons in the second round of the 2006 draft, their top pick, since their first round pick was sent to the New York Jets in exchange for defensive end John Abraham.
Williams’ contribution to the team since his selection has been disappointingly little. He started a total of 7 games in two seasons, recording 35 tackles and 1 interception in that span. A reason for his disappointing stint in Atlanta was due to the fact that he changed positions after his rookie season, moving from cornerback to safety. But another was that he was in the doghouse of both Falcon coaches: Jim Mora and Bobby Petrino, at certain points in those two years for questionable effort. And it was the same for Smith when he showed up at April mini-camps at 236 pounds, after being listed at 212 last season. Williams also missed several days of the mini-camp for unspecified reasons.
Per the Daily Press, Williams had this to say in light of his release:
“I knew it could get to this point, but I wasn’t sure it would. They’ve been upset with my weight, but I didn’t think the weight thing was a big issue. I thought they were hiding behind that. Other than that, there weren’t any real disputes between me and the Falcons…I never felt like I had a fair shot to show what I can do. But I’m not upset with anybody.”