Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Steelers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
It's the second straight game Williams will sit out without an injury designation. Williams is in the last year of his rookie contract -- the Ravens drafted him in the second round in 2015 -- so this could be a sign it's the end of the road for him in Baltimore.
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 8 tilt against the Panthers.
The move doesn't come as a complete surprise, considering Williams' snaps had dwindled down to a season-low 20 versus the Saints in Week 7. He also hadn't seen a target since Week 5 versus the Browns. The 2015 second-round pick apparently has been passed by Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle in the pecking order, so his gameday inactive status may be more or less the norm for him moving forward.
Williams had a one-yard run and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 24-23 loss to New Orleans.
With the Ravens facing third and one during their second drive of the game, the offense turned to Williams' 250-pound frame to barrel ahead for a first down. It was a somewhat-nifty way of using the fourth-year tight end, but certainly doesn't make up for the two straight games in which he has not been targeted in the passing game. Williams has hauled in all 14 targets he has seen this season, but appears to have been deemphasized in favor of rookie Mark Andrews and fellow veteran Nick Boyle. Unless and until that changes, Williams is not a fantasy factor, even against a middle-of-the-road Panthers pass defense.
Williams caught both targets that came his way for a total of eight yards during Sunday's 12-9 loss to Cleveland.
Williams came back down to earth a bit following Week 4's five-catch performance. The Ravens love throwing to the tight end about as much as any team in the league, but those targets are being split among Williams, Nick Boyle and Mark Andrews. Williams has the most catches of the group but ranks second in yards and last in targets and touchdowns. With only so many passes to go around, it's hard for fantasy players to lean on Williams -- especially on Sunday against a Tennessee defense that ranks among the top 10 in the league in several pass-defense categories.
Williams caught all five of his targets for 51 yards Sunday against the Steelers.
Williams kept his 100 percent catch rate intact Sunday with his best performance of the year. He has caught 12 passes for 151 yards through four games and his reception count is third on the team among tight ends. Baltimore's deep tight end rotation limits the respective ceilings for Williams, Nick Boyle, and Mark Andrews; Hayden Hurt's impending return to the fold only further muddies the picture. Williams and company will face the Browns in Week 5.
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