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Chad Johnson says Patriots rookie Joejuan Williams is ‘gonna be special’

Joejuan Williams, Patriots

A former New England Patriots wide receiver is excited about the future in Foxborough. Chad Johnson, a former wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, Patriots, and Miami Dolphins (very briefly), took to Twitter to state his excitement of Patriots rookie Joejuan Williams.

The Patriots selected Williams, hailing from Vanderbilt, with No. 45 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. A cornerback, Williams comes in with ideal size, and then some — as he measured in at 6-foot-4 and 211-pounds. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares him favorably to Trumaine Johnson; a well-paid starting cornerback for the New York Jets.

Zierlein said: “Long press corner who has shown an ability to use his size and aggression as a zealot in contested catch battles. While he has traits to build upon, the Georgia game shined a light on his press inefficiency, lack of speed and inconsistent ball skills with his back to the quarterback.”

Coaching and scheme can improve or cover some of those areas, but the early results could be a bit uneven. If the technique catches up with the traits, the play demeanor and talent should make him a solid NFL starter.”

At Vanderbilt, Williams recorded four interceptions, 13 pass deflections, and 61 combined tackles as a junior. Over his college career, the cornerback accumulated four interceptions, 25 pass deflections, and 119 combined tackles. He’s impressed thus far in preseason ball, locking up Tennesee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis on Friday night.

Williams has a long ways to go to be a starter with the Patriots, considering their depth ahead of him. In front of the rookie is All-Pro Stephone Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Keion Crossen, and Obi Melifonwu, according to the team’s unofficial depth chart. But, he could get there eventually.