Bills sign leading CFL receiver Williams

The Buffalo Bills turned to the Canadian Football League for receiving help on Monday by signing former Edmonton Eskimos standout D’haquille “Duke” Williams.

Williams, 25, caught 88 passes for a CFL-leading 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns in 18 games last season for Edmonton. He averaged 17.9 yards per catch, racked up 425 yards after the catch and totaled eight 100-yard games.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound wideout was released by Edmonton after his All-Star season so he could pursue an NFL opportunity.

Williams was signed to a reserve/future contract, according to the team. Details were not disclosed.

Williams played at Auburn in 2014 and ’15 but was not selected in the 2016 draft. He attended a rookie minicamp with his hometown Los Angeles Rams in 2016 before heading to the CFL.

The move addressed an obvious need for Buffalo this offseason. The Bills’ top receiver in 2018 was second-year man Zay Jones with 56 catches for 652 yards and seven touchdowns. No other player tallied more than 35 receptions.