Williams brought in four of eight targets for 34 yards Thursday in the Cardinals' 45-10 loss to the Broncos. Williams' modest catch total served as a season high, despite the fact the second-year receiver has already logged 23 targets through five games. The 24-year-old remains behind the emerging Christian Kirk and trusted veteran Larry Fitzgerald in production, but he could conceivably put up better numbers if rookie quarterback Josh Rosen continues peppering him with targets as he furthers his own development. Williams will look to build on Thursday's effort against the 49ers in a Week 8 divisional battle.
Williams reeled in one of his two targets for five yards during Sunday's 27-17 defeat at Minnesota. If one goes by snap count, Williams is safely in the top three at wide receiver in Arizona behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. That said, Williams' production doesn't paint such a rosy picture. While he recorded a catch Sunday, he has just five on the season on 21 targets. His catch rate has only experienced modest improvement from Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen, so it's difficult to forecast an increase in fantasy relevance any time soon.
Williams gathered in two of six passes for 23 yards during Sunday's 28-18 win over San Francisco. Williams has logged just one fewer offensive snap than Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring/back) this season -- 219 versus 220 of a possible 259 -- but the swap of Sam Bradford for rookie signal-caller Josh Rosen hasn't reaped many dividends. In Rosen's two starts, Williams has recorded three receptions (on nine targets) for 45 yards and one touchdown, with just one catch of 20-plus yards on the season. If rookie Christian Kirk continues to produce -- he's hauled in 17 of his 24 targets to date -- Williams may permanently lose his starting gig.
Williams tallied a 22-yard touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Seahawks. Targeted a trio of times, Williams initially was credited with a touchdown on the first one before a review of the play ruled the pass was incomplete. He took advantage of the last target to help the Cardinals draw even with the Seahawks at 17-all, marking his second catch of the campaign and first TD of his career. While his production to date -- two receptions for 30 yards and a TD on 13 targets -- is dismal, Williams is tied with Larry Fitzgerald with an offensive snap share of 85.6 percent, so the second-year wideout should produce at some point. Helping Williams' cause is the swap of Sam Bradford for rookie Josh Rosen, who posted a QB rating of 88.5 in this, his first career start.
Williams (illness) logged a full practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Williams was limited in Wednesday's session after coming down with an illness. The second-year wideout has handled a large share of snaps so far this season, but has only recorded one catch for eight yards in three games to date. With Josh Rosen now starting at quarterback for the Cardinals, there's a chance that Williams will see an uptick in production if the two gain on-field chemistry in the coming weeks.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||San Francisco 49ers||23||24.71|
|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||15||21.86|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||17||22.71|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||21||24.33|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||16||22.29|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||7||3||31||0||1||10.33||6|