1. GET AWAY FROM THE FOOTBALL - I mean really. What on earth was he thinking?!?! The ball is bouncing around on the ground and he dances over toward it. He wasn't committed to picking it up and running, but he was getting close enough to make things risky. It was one of the dumbest things I've seen a player do. Then, just when I think he couldn't get any dumber, he went and did something else...AND TOTALLY REDEEMED HIMSELF!
2. FALL ON THE FOOTBALL - After Williams flirted with the ball and made the ridiculous mistake of letting it graze his leg, he just stood there and watched it. Even if he thought the ball never touched him, he now screwed this situation up so badly that he should have fallen on the ball to avoid any further damage. He still had time to fall on it and you could even see his teammate in the replay yelling at him to get on the ball.
3. JUST SIGNAL FAIR CATCH - You could make the argument that he shouldn't have even caught the ball and just let it hit the ground and roll, but making a fair catch is a play an NFL player has to be able to make. After the debacle of the earlier punt return, he should have just signaled fair catch and turned the ball over to the offense. The ego of these kick/punt returners must be massive - every time they touch the ball, they think they are going to make an incredible play, but the reality is that 9 times out of 10, they won't do anything special at all and run the greater risk of hurting their team.
4. TUCK THE FOOTBALL - There are few things I hate more in sports than when players don't execute fundamentals. And the way Williams was handling the ball on that punt return was pathetic. Catch the ball, and if you're going to run with it, get it tucked in tight against your body. The fact that he was carrying the ball out away from his body - he deserved to have it stripped away. Plays like that make me question a player's discipline and whether or not he listens to coaches and I would be very concerned going forward.
So Kyle Williams...I feel bad for you personally and for your family. And I appreciate that your teammates are sticking up for you and supporting you. But professionally, you screwed up. Over. And over. And over. And over. Good luck with that second chance - or 5th. Whatever. But who's counting?