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Former FAU TE Williams drawing interest from NFL teams

Former FAU wide receiver Lestar Jean may be about to get a phone call.

Jean's Houston Texans are one of two NFL teams considering signing Darian Williams, the former FAU tight end said on Monday.

In the next couple weeks Williams expects to work out for the Texans and the Oakland Raiders in hopes of signing a free agent deal.

“I'm excited for (the workout),” Williams said. “I feel like I could do a lot to help up there.”

Jean signed a free agent deal with the Texans after going undrafted last year. A shoulder injury during preseason camp prompted the Texans to place Jean on injured reserve. Jean said he approached the 2011 season as though it was his redshirt year. In January Jean said he expected to be ready to go for the upcoming season.

Williams (photo) believes he caught the attention of Raiders scout Zach Crockett during FAU's Pro Day workouts, saying Crockett noted Williams' 23 repetitions on the 225 pound bench press.

At least two other former Owls still hope to sign free agent deals.

Punter Mickey Groody saw the handful of teams interested in his services sign other punters to free agent deals. Groody believes he could still sign with a team in the next week or two before rookie camps begin.

“It's not over yet,” Groody said. “I have to wait out the rest of the week and see how it goes.”

On the defensive side of the ball, a tweet by Marcus Bartels' father Jack indicated Philadelphia may be interested in the former FAU safety.

Williams, Groody and Bartels are looking to become the second former Owl to sign a free agent deal this year. Defensive end Kevin Cyrille agreed to a deal with Minnesota on Satruday in the moments that followed the draft.

Of course, on that same day running back Alfred Morris became the third player in the history of the program to drafted. Washington took him with the third pick of the sixth round.

We'll keep FAU fans posted on any new free agent developments.

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April 30, 2012

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