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New Browns WR Kasen Williams: 'I think I can do something good for this team'

Kasen Williams put together what was one of the statistically best preseasons of any wide receiver last month.

So when the Seahawks waived the young wide receiver this past weekend, he was disappointed but far from discouraged.

"That was the last thing that I was thinking, based off of the preseason that I had," said Williams, who was claimed by the Browns on Sunday off waivers. "But at the end of the day I couldn't control the decision that they made. I was just ready to move on and go play for a team that saw me as the guy that I think I am."

Williams believes he can have success in Cleveland as the Browns hope to surround rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer with playmakers in a pass game that struggled last season.

"I think I can do something good for this team and especially on a team that is looking to turn things around," he said Wednesday.

"I definitely want to be a part of that. Coming from the Seahawks where they are winning Super Bowls and going playoff berths every year and all that stuff and coming to this team is a little different, but I like the atmosphere around here. The guys are excited and the guys want to do something great and I just want to be a part of that."

At 6-foot-1 and 219 pounds, Williams gives the Browns a big, young receiver capable of using that frame against smaller defenders. After catching nine passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in four preseason games, head coach Hue Jackson said the 25-year-old "has a knack for making plays on the ball anywhere and everywhere."

"He goes and gets the football. That's documented. That's seen," Jackson continued. "He does it as well as anybody I have seen.

And much like former Steelers receiver Sammie Coates, whom the Browns traded for Saturday, and rookie Reggie Davis (who they claimed off waivers), Cleveland hopes the newcomers can help round out a position group that includes 2016 first-round draft pick Corey Coleman and veteran Kenny Britt.  

"We need to continue to be more dynamic around our quarterback and give him chances to make bigger plays," Jackson said.

Williams, who joined Seattle in 2015 as an undrafted free agent, mostly contributed on special teams for the Seahawks before breaking out in training camp. In their preseason opener against the Chargers, he caught four passes for 119 yards in a 48-17 win.  

"I just want to say that when the ball is in the air I do have a mentality of going and getting it," he said. "Some would say, I am not the fastest guy in the world, but if you throw the ball up I am definitely going to try to come down with it as best as I can and that is what I bring to the table. A big body guy, a big receiver that uses his body well and is able to go get the ball."

That could serve the Browns and their offense well this fall.

"The offense is kind of similar to what we were running [in Seattle], just kind of different terminology and stuff, but honestly, it is not too difficult. They are doing a great job of getting me a package of plays that I just need to know and at the end of the day it's football," Williams said.

"If the ball is in the air, I'm going to get it. I know how to run a lot of good routes. As soon as I get this playbook down, the game hasn't changed at all. It's the same game."

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