Williams will face competition from recent acquisition Brice Butler during training camp, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports. A 2017 third-round pick, Williams typically was a healthy scratch during his rookie season, ultimately catching only three passes in six games. The offseason departures of John Brown (Ravens) and Jaron Brown (Seahawks) cleared out space on the Arizona depth chart, but Williams will still need to compete with Butler and J.J. Nelson -- and likely a draft pick or two -- for slotting behind top target Larry Fitzgerald. Williams caught 90 passes for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season at FCS school Grambling State, and then ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at his pro day while checking in at 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds. Health permitting, Sam Bradford should provide a significant upgrade on the Cardinals' ugly quarterback situation from the second half of last season.
Williams was active for six games during the 2017 season. All of Williams' appearances coincided with John Brown's DNPs, but the 2017 third-round selection wasn't unable to make may inroads as a receiver. While he hauled in three of his seven targets for 31 yards, he surpassed all of that production with a 33-yard run, his second and last of the campaign, during Week 14 against the Titans. With John Brown, Jaron Brown and Brittan Golden all hitting unrestricted free agency, and Larry Fitzgerald potentially following Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians into retirement, Williams could make a quick ascension in the receiving corps in his sophomore season.
Williams (illness) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Giants, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. An illness afforded Williams just one limited practice session this week. That said, the impetus for his return to the inactive list is the return of John Brown from turf toe, which forced a four-game absence. Williams is a good bet to be a DNP the last two weeks of his rookie campaign.
Williams (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Giants, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. As he dealt with an illness this week, Williams followed a DNP/limited/DNP practice regimen. Reverting to no activity Friday after some Thursday isn't a great sign entering the weekend. His cause may be hurt further by the potential return of John Brown (turf toe) from a four-game absence. If Brown is cleared to play Sunday, Williams could be the odd man out in the receiving corps.
Williams (illness) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Held out of Wednesday's session due to an illness, Williams waded into Week 16 prep with a smattering of drills Thursday. No matter if he gets over the illness or not in time for Sunday's game against the Giants, he could be inactive if John Brown (toe) returns to action for the first time since Week 11. In the ensuing four games, Williams was available but couldn't take advantage of his workload, seeing his share of the offensive snaps progressively drop from 29 in Week 12 to 10 this past Sunday at Washington.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|8||10/28||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||7||3||31||0||1||10.33||6|