Riders’ receiver Duke Williams announced as starter for West Final

Photo courtesy: Liam Richards/Saskatchewan Roughriders

It appears that the Saskatchewan Roughriders will have the services of their best receiver for the West Final.

Duke Williams, listed as a game-time decision due to an injured toe, was seen running in warmups and was announced as a starter by the team on social media.

Since being acquired by the Riders mid-season, Williams has caught 22 passes for 340 yards and a touchdown in five games, while also recovering three onside kicks. He caught all five of his targets in the West Semi-Final win over the Stampeders, picking up 55 yards in the victory.

Williams spent parts of the last three years in the NFL. He was waived by the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury in August after earning nearly $700,000 over two seasons in Western New York.

The 28-year-old dressed for one game in 2020 while spending the rest of the schedule on the practice squad. The six-foot-three, 225-pound target made 12 catches for 166 yards and one touchdown — a game-winning TD in his NFL debut – in four games during the 2019 season.

The Los Angeles native has played 31 career CFL games recording 134 receptions for 2,294 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 17.1 yards per catch. If there is even the slimmest possibility that Williams can play, the Riders will seize it.