Damian Williams had a picture of himself being hammered in the back by Dallas Cowboys defensive back Gerald Sensabaugh on his cellphone that he was proudly displaying to reporters who approached him Friday.
Williams didn't return to Sunday's win over the Cowboys, but with his play before that (two catches for 30 yards) may have solidified his hold as being the No. 3 receiver for the time being.
“It didn't hurt. I got up … but it was kind of crazy,” said Williams, who made the first two catches of his NFL career before the bone-jarring hit near the end of the first half.
What made it even better was that Williams had plenty of friends and family who made the trip down from his native Arkansas to see him play.
What they got to see was yet another member of the Titans 2010 rookie class getting a chance to contribute early. Like cornerback Alterraun Verner and return man Marc Mariani, Williams is getting an early look and making the most of it. With Justin Gage out with a hamstring injury, Kenny Britt moved into the starting lineup and Williams moved in as the third receiver, ahead of veteran Lavelle Hawkins.
“That's all you can really ask for is the opportunity, and everything else will fall into place,” Williams said. “I think the biggest surprise is that we have so many great receivers. We've got Hawk, who is a really good receiver. He showed a lot through the OTAs and the preseason. Also, with Marc and Nate and Kenny. I think it's more of an honor that I was chosen to step up and take the role.”