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“Back-Up of the Game” is cornerback Frankie Williams

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 28, 2016 – 8:19 am

This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu is cornerback Frankie Williams.

It’s no secret the Colts are looking for a cornerback (or two, or three) to emerge.

Injuries have hit the top seven corners on the roster.

One young defensive back that has caught the eye of Chuck Pagano this preseason is Purdue product Frankie Williams.

“Frankie Williams continues to be a guy that shows up every single day here and does exactly what you ask him to do and on game day you can see the results of his hard work and his preparation,” Pagano said last week.

“He makes plays and it’s not too big for Frankie. We all know where he came from and how he got here, but he continues to impress out there. Obviously with the injuries he’s going to get more playing time. He’s a guy that can go in there and play nickel.”

Williams was the Colts’ starting nickel back on Saturday against the Eagles. He played a team high 53 defensive snaps (88 percent of the defensive total, a very high percentage in the preseason), leading the Colts with five tackles and a pass deflection.

The fact that Williams has made it this far is impressive.

He was not even an immediate undrafted free agent signee by any NFL team. The Colts brought Williams in for a rookie mini-camp tryout. Williams flashed then and earned a roster spot.

Thursday night in Cincinnati, Williams will try to turn one final opportunity into a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.

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Buffalo Bills' James Wilder Jr. (38) eludes Indianapolis Colts cornerback Frankie Williams (46) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

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