Titans cut Nick Williams, who dropped possible game-winning touchdown on Sunday

Shalise Manza YoungYahoo Sports Contributor
Costly mistake: the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/ten" data-ylk="slk:Tennessee Titans">Tennessee Titans</a> cut wide receiver <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9633/" data-ylk="slk:Nick Williams">Nick Williams</a> on Tuesday, two days after this dropped touchdown pass against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/buf" data-ylk="slk:Buffalo Bills">Buffalo Bills</a>. (AP)
Costly mistake: the Tennessee Titans cut wide receiver Nick Williams on Tuesday, two days after this dropped touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills. (AP)

On Sunday, Nick Williams let a sure fourth-quarter touchdown go through his arms.

On Tuesday, Williams was released, the transaction unceremoniously posted on Twitter.

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Easy TD could have been game-winner

Points were hard to come by for the Titans against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. But on a third-and-4 from the Bills’ 21 with 10:43 to play in the game and Tennessee trailing, 10-6, quarterback Marcus Mariota scrambled and then looked to Williams, who found a significant hole in the Bills’ zone defense near the left sideline.

Mariota’s pass was on the money and it went right through Williams’ arms.


The Titans would lose, 13-12, on a Steve Hauschka field goal as time expired.

No catch, no job

That was the first target of the season for Williams, who entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of UConn in 2013. He had also returned punts for the Titans, and his 38-yard return in the first quarter set up Tennessee’s first field goal of the afternoon.

“That’s all on me. One hundred percent,” Williams said of the drop. “It’s pro ball, quarterbacks throw it, receivers catch it. Gotta make that play.”

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel also singled Williams out after the game for not running a good route on a slant pass that was intercepted.

Vrabel learned at the knee of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, for whom he played for eight years and saw turnover the 51st to 53rd spots on the roster often, particularly after losses and/or key mistakes, as a way of trying to send the message that no one is safe.

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