The Eagles announced the signings of C/G Josh LeRibeus and WR Dom Williams to future/reserve contracts. The signing of LeRibeus, who started 11 games at center for the Redskins in 2015, was reported earlier today.
Williams, 24, was an undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2016, where he was a teammate with Eagles defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao. In his senior year he earned an All-Pac 12 honorable mention with 75 receptions for 1,040 yards and 11 touchdowns, and finished his career at WSU 2nd all-time in receiving yards (2,889), receptions (192) and 3rd in touchdowns (30), and is 7th in Pac-12 history in touchdown receptions. He signed with the Chargers, and was also offered a contract by the Texans and Packers. He was among final cuts by San Diego after catching 10 passes for 132 yards.
Prior to his last game at Washington State, he was profiled by Sports Illustrated:
When his oldest brother was shot while home for spring break from college, it was his grandmother that continued to remind him to remain positive and work hard. Just nine when his brother died, Williams remained angry at the violence surrounding him. With the patience and love that made her Williams' foundation, she kept him involved in the family's church, encouraged his pursuit of sports and academics and instilled a deep faith in him.
"[My biggest supporter] was my grandma. She still is no matter what," Williams said.
Without the woman that raised him for the first time, Williams struggled in the first half of the Oregon game. When the coaches asked if he wanted to be subbed out, Williams vigorously refused. Minutes later, he caught the touchdown pass to send the game into overtime.
He is resilient, yes, but he is also uncommonly positive in spite of it all.
"In the past, he's been the second guy to go in, and not gotten the majority of the reps, and he's been OK with that," wide receivers coach Graham Harrell told The Seattle Times after Williams' two-touchdown performance against Wyoming. "The skill set is there. He's so much of a team guy, he's almost OK with the ball going elsewhere. I'm like, 'Dom, you need to want the ball to come to you.'"
Williams did not attend the Combine, but ran a 4.39 at his pro day, which would have been the 2nd best among WRs at the Combine, and a 40.5 vertical jump, which would have been the 3rd best among WRs.
Williams is the fourth player signed to a reserve/futures contract in a week, along with WR Rasheed Bailey, CB Mitchell White, and LeRibeus.