LaQuan Williams: 'I'm just coming in focused'
OWINGS MILLS -- LaQuan Williams emerged as the biggest surprise from the Baltimore Ravens' undrafted rookie class last summer.
The former University of Maryland wide receiver beat the odds to make the active roster, forging a role on special teams and as a reserve on offense.
Now, Williams is facing a new challenge: making the team again.
The Ravens have been stacking the roster this offseason with new wide receivers, signing former Houston Texans return man Jacoby Jones to a two-year, $7 million contract and drafting towering University of Miami wide receiver Tommy Streeter in the sixth round.
Consider Williams officially undaunted, though.
"I'm just coming in focused," Williams said. "I'm going to do what I got to do to get on the field. I'm not going to ever take for granted where I'm at. I'm going to keep working hard."
Williams caught four passes for 46 yards, returned five kickoffs for 109 yards and recorded four special-teams tackles last season.
He caught two passes for 28 yards in a November win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
And the Poly graduate also forced a fumble during the Ravens' AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots.
That doesn't guarantee Williams anything for this year.
"Mentally, the game has slowed down a lot for me," Williams said. "Being able to have a true offseason where I can get in there and critique my game and focus on things, I'm not worried at all."
Unlike a year ago where Williams trained in Carroll County at TZ Sports during the NFL lockout while waiting to learn if he would get a shot at the NFL, he's had the benefit of working out at the Ravens' training complex this spring.
"It's great, just being able to get that time off is the biggest thing," Williams said. "Coming from college and training for the combine and trying to get ready to prepare and come in and go straight to camp and all that type of stuff, we never did get a break last year. Now being able to get a break and get in the office and focus on things, it should be good for us."
Listed at 6-foot, 200 pounds, Williams has bulked up since last year and has been getting even stronger in the weight room.
He knows what path he'll need to follow to maintain his status on the team, looking to build an edge on special teams.
"Definitely, that's the reason I'm on the team," Williams said. "Of course, every guy wants to play receiver. I'm just going to take my time with that and keep working at it. But special teams is definitely where I can make an impact on the team."