FOXBORO -- New England's signing of LaQuan Williams got swallowed up by the bye.
The former Ravens receiver and special teams player was picked up by the Patriots November 5. The move corresponded with the release of receiver Austin Collie, who injured his knee in the team's Week 10 win over Pittsburgh.
And so the Patriots were simultaneously high off a decisive win and reeling from personnel hits. They entered the break with a sigh of relief.
Williams didn't mind.
"It actually helped me to get in and get acclimated a little bit," he said. "It definitely helped out to get in a week early and not have to go right in and jump into it right away."
Though he figures it's about time he got a chance to play.
Baltimore put Williams on injured reserve because of a bad hamstring in early September. He was eventually released: "Just got caught in the numbers game."
He admits it was difficult watching the NFL go on without him but he focused on rehab.
"About Week 5 I think I really got to the point where I just felt like I could go full speed and get out there and compete," he said.
Tuesday, a full seven days after the signing, marked his first media meet. While the rest of his new teammates used the bye week to rest up and spend time with friends and family, Williams got to work.
"I got a chance to get into the playbook and really get to learn some of the stuff," Williams explained, "get to see the differences from where I come to where I'm at now."
He sees special teams as his best chance for game day snaps; that is where most of his work in two seasons with the Ravens came from. Williams played in 23 NFL games for Baltimore and finished with four receptions for 46 yards and nine special teams tackles.
In his estimation, a guy has to put it all on the line to be successful -- which is exactly the attitude he's bringing to the Patriots.
"That was my thing, just going out there and being able to outplay the guy that's in front of me," Williams said. "It's just a 1-on-1 battle and it comes down to will. You have to want to have that fight in you and will, to come out [on top] in special teams."