The Browns signed Williams (knee) to a reserve/future contract Monday. Williams appeared in seven games for the Browns in 2017, accruing nine catches and 84 receiving yards in seven games. Although he ended the season on the practice squad injury list due to an unspecified knee injury, Williams has plenty of time to recover in time for offseason workouts in April.
The Browns placed Williams (knee) on the practice squad injury list Tuesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Times reports. The exact nature of Williams' knee injury isn't certain. Cleveland filled his spot on the practice squad with fellow wideout C.J. Board.
The Browns will waive Williams on Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Williams' dismissal likely paves the way for fellow wideout Corey Coleman (hand) to return from injured reserve in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Since turning in back-to-back four-reception outings in Weeks 5 and 6, Williams had seen his role within the Cleveland passing attack fall by the wayside, earning one total target over the Browns' subsequent three contests.
Williams brought in four of six targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Texans. With Kenny Britt (knee, groin) sidelined once again, Williams was able to log four catches for the second straight week. The 24-year-old's reception and yardage totals paced the Browns, and he clearly seems to have a developing rapport with quarterback Kevin Hogan. Given Britt's struggles when he's been on the field and Williams' encouraging performances over the last pair of contests, he's certainly a fantasy piece to monitor in the coming weeks, irrespective of who lines up behind center.
Williams was targeted five times and managed four receptions for 33 yards in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Jets. Williams had his best game of the season Sunday, as he was one of the main focal points of Cleveland's offense with both Corey Coleman (hand) and Kenny Britt (knee/groin) sidelined. Still, with inept quarterback play, Williams doesn't provide much in terms of fantasy value and should be ignored until further notice.
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