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Colts 2016 player preview: Cornerback Frankie Williams

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at cornerback Frankie Williams.

Who is he?

Frankie Williams didn't have to go far to get his NFL shot, as he played collegiately at Purdue before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Colts this offseason.  While at Purdue, Williams played in 48 games (starting 38) and recorded 227 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 36 passes defensed, ten interceptions (one score), a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.  Williams also saw time as a return man, fielding 32 punts for an average of 10.4 yards per return and taking back 22 kickoffs for an average of 23 yards per return.  He worked out for the Colts in the pre-draft process but wasn't signed right away, instead being invited to the team's rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.  After impressing that weekend, the Colts decided to sign him.

What is his role?

It's getting repetitive at this point, but the Colts do have a spot open at cornerback.  Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Darius Butler, and D'Joun Smith are the top four at the position, and the number five spot is open (perhaps even a sixth spot).  There are a number of players who are competing for that spot, and Frankie Williams is one of them.  His performance at the Colts' rookie mini-camp was obviously impressive enough for him to be signed, but at the same time it means that the team wasn't as impressed with him early on.  As an undrafted free agent he has long odds to make the roster, but if he's good enough in camp there's a spot to be won.

What are his chances?

Unlikely, but there's a position open if Williams impresses in training camp.