Demetrius Williams timed his leap perfectly, muscling his frame in between two Chicago Bears defensive backs even while being interfered with blatantly.
And the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver rose in the air, boxing the defenders out like a basketball player going up for a rebound to haul in an acrobatic touchdown pass Sunday during a 31-7 rout at M&T Bank Stadium.
For Williams, it was an encouraging moment after a season defined by inactivity after being leapfrogged on the depth chart for the third receiver job by Kelley Washington during training camp.
For the Ravens, it was a sign that they could count on Williams in the absence of Washington and starter Mark Clayton due to injuries.
“He’s remade himself a little bit as a player,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s become bigger and stronger, from way back when we first got here, he had a long way to go physically. He’s gotten in the weight room, he’s stacked some muscle mass on himself and he’s a bigger, strong kind of guy. Then, he had the injury setback.
“I think he’s worked through that. He’s still learning the offense. He’ll tell you there were times he lined up incorrectly in this game and those are things he’s got to continue to work on, be more precise, understanding every part of the offense and yet he goes up and makes plays.”