It was probably between keeping Matt Hazel and WR Damian Williams.Only player I hated seeing get waived today was Hazel. Hopefully we get him back.
We probably chose WR Damian Williams because..
1) WR Damian Williams was an experienced punt returner in college (USC), and even scored some touchdowns returning punts. Keeping Damian Williams made it easier to cut Marcus Thigpen.
2) WR Damian Williams does everything Matt Hazel does, but Damian Williams can also consistently catch the deep ball in stride. Matt Hazel is more of a possession receiver (his draft profile describes him as a "limited vertical threat"). And since we already have Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry, Matt Hazel became expendable.
3) There's a chance that we can stash Matt Hazel on the practice squad. But we don't have that option with Damian Williams.
Therefore, it made sense to choose Damian Williams over Matt Hazel for the final 53.