Patriots Release DB Gemara Williams

Foxboro, Mass -- The New England Patriots made one more roster move Tuesday after a flurry of activity the day before. Reserve defensive back Gemara Williams was given his release. He is the second player waived this week.

Williams, 23, was signed by New England May 8, 2006 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He participated in the team's rookie and veteran minicamps wearing the No. 9 jersey. At 5-foot-8, 185-pounds the former University of Buffalo defender had to fight off competition from eight other defensive backs in camp.

Williams set a school record of 39 passes defensed during his collegiate career. His 176 solo tackles rank fifth best in school history. A former safety, for the Bulls, he was one of the team captains in 2005, managing to earn All-MAC second team honors from Lindy's and was named an All-MAC candidate by the Sporting News. In his last season at Buffalo, he finished with 61 tackles, 14 passes defended and one interception.

Williams' release leaves eight cornerbacks listed on the team's roster.

Patriots DB Gemara Williams (9) Covers WR Matt Shelton (18) at Patriots minicamp on June 13, 2006. (Photo Jon Scott/


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