With Ryan Shazier (knee) inactive, seventh-round rookie Tyler Matakevich stands to see a significant uptick in playing time should Williams not return.
After an embarrassing loss to the Eagles in Week 3, the
After starting 11 games during his rookie season, Williams moved back into a reserve role the last two years, but he's been a reliable depth option for the Steelers. He is expected to continue to back up the likes of Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker. Williams is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he posted a career-high 46 tackles, so he'll look to continue to build on his recent success during the upcoming season.
Vince Williams failed to record a tackle against Denver on Sunday, and finished the regular season with 46 tackles (34 solo), including a half sack and two fumble recoveries.
Primarily a special teams' player, Williams has seen a steady decline in playing time on defensive during his three seasons in the NFL. After playing 37.2 percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in his rookie season, Williams was on the field only 25.1 percent of the time in 2014, with that number dropping to just 17.3 percent this season. That is not a trend fantasy owners look for when drafting IDP players.
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