Williams (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens. Williams was active Week 1 against Pittsburgh but failed to haul in his only two targets and logged just 12 offensive snaps. The Browns will try something different Week 2, sending Williams to the bench and instead activating Rashard Higgins, who was recently promoted from the practice squad.
Williams said that he anticipates earning more opportunities in future weeks after playing just 12 snaps in the Browns' season-opening loss to the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Though he was on the field for just 18 percent of the Browns' offensive snaps, Williams was involved when his number was called, seeing two targets but failing to haul in either of them. With Kenny Britt seemingly in coach Hue Jackson's doghouse after a crucial drop in the opener, it wouldn't be a shock to see Williams get a boost in playing time against the Ravens on Sunday.
The Browns claimed Williams off waivers Sunday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports. A 2015 undrafted free agent, Williams spent most of the past two years on Seattle's practice squad prior to breaking out for a 13-208-1 receiving line this preseason. He seemed to have a roster spot locked up once the Seahawks traded Jermaine Kearse, but the team only kept five wideouts and Williams wasn't one of them. Richard Sherman expressed displeasure on Twitter, perhaps capturing the sentiment of the entire team. In any case, Williams may actually have a better opportunity in Cleveland, where 2016 fourth-round pick Ricardo Louis currently profiles as the No. 3 receiver behind Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman. It isn't hard to imagine Williams making a quick push for the third or fourth spot on the depth chart.
The Seahawks waived Williams (undisclosed) on Saturday. Williams worked often with the first-team offense in the preseason, gobbling up nine of 13 targets for 208 yards and one touchdown overall. With a roster spot more or less expected, he made a surprise appearance on the Seahawks' list of cuts Saturday. While he initially had an injury designation attached to his name, he was actually exposed to plain old waivers, so a spot on the team's practice squad is likely, assuming no other team makes a claim on the wideout.
Williams likely nailed down a roster spot as he caught two of four targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's second exhibition game Friday against the Vikings. Williams backed up his impressive preseason debut with a solid game, making two more highlight-reel catches. This time, though, the receptions came against a first-team defense as he started at flanker with Tyler Lockett (leg) and Paul Richardson (shoulder) out with injuries. Williams just missed a second touchdown on a deep throw from Russell Wilson. He also made a standout tackle on kickoff return coverage. Williams has all but locked up the last wide receiver job. If Lockett and Richardson are limited in Week 1, Williams likely would start over Jermaine Kearse. The Seahawks could also move Lockett/Richardson inside to the slot and start Williams on the outside. Keep an eye on Williams' progress.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/08||New York Jets||28||25.00|
|13||12/03||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||24.00|
|14||12/10||Green Bay Packers||8||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||1||0||4||0||0||0.00||0|