Williams was the first tight end selected in the 2015 draft, coming off the board at No. 55 overall. He's never come close to matching his draft status, and he appeared to lose some of his athleticism after suffering a major knee injury in 2016. Williams did bounce back to fill a blocking role last season, but he'll likely find himself on the roster bubble as he prepares for the final year of his rookie contract. Hurst and Andrew both offer far more upside in the passing game, while fellow 2015 draft pick Nick Boyle is more reliable as a run blocker.
Williams caught 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in 2017.
Things were seemingly setting up for Williams to have a prominent role in 2017 with Crockett Gilmore on injured reserve and starter Ben Watson coming off a torn Achilles at age 36. Unfortunately, Williams suffered a foot injury early in the season that kept him out for several games and prevented him from carving out a significant role. He did manage to play a healthy amount of snaps down the stretch, but for a tight end billed for his pass-catching ability, Williams rarely saw much action in that facet of the game. While Williams caught 15 of his 18 targets, his 4.8 YPT does not inspire a ton of confidence. With Watson possibly leaving in free agency, Williams enters a make-or-break year in the final season of his rookie deal.
Williams caught both of his targets for six total yards in Sunday's 23-0 win over Green Bay.
A bum ankle has taken a big chunk out of Williams' season, but he's working his way back into the fold. He's caught five passes in his two weeks back in action and edged Ben Watson for second among Baltimore tight ends with 34 total snaps. Baltimore features the tight end in its offense more than most teams, but that's not enough to make Williams worth keeping an eye on in what is the NFL's weakest passing offense based on yards per game.
Williams hauled in all three of his targets for 29 yards Sunday against the Titans.
After a two-game absence stemming from an ankle injury, Williams got back in the fold Sunday and was effective when given the opportunity. He played a season-high 32 offensive snaps and caught every pass thrown his way. In fact, Williams has caught all nine of his targets this season. It's worth noting that Williams' increased role likely had to do with Nick Boyle (toe) being inactive, and the Ravens' upcoming bye week will give Boyle added time to heal up before the team returns to action Nov. 19 against Green Bay. If Boyle is able to return against the Packers, Williams would likely see his role scaled back.
Williams (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Williams practiced fully throughout the week so this comes as no surprise. The 23-year-old could see a larger role Sunday with Nick Boyle (toe) inactive, but he is still clearly behind starter Ben Watson.
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