Williams gathered in his only target for 21 yards during Sunday's 23-17 defeat at Baltimore.
Williams has maintained his share of the offensive snaps through two games with the Cardinals, getting 25 and 23 percent so far. While he's been targeted just twice, his 18 YPT on two catches is eye-popping. Nonetheless, Arizona's scheme relies on four and sometimes five receivers on most plays, meaning the fifth-year tight end doesn't have much utility.
Williams got the start in Thursday's preseason loss to Oakland, finishing the night without any targets.
Williams also started the preseason opener and also finished without any targets. He may have a role in the Arizona offense, but Charles Clay and Ricky Seals-Jones are more likely to catch passes from Kyler Murray.
Williams announced via Twitter that he is signing with the Cardinals.
Williams, who caught 16 passes in 13 games last season, never really panned out on a tight-end friendly Ravens team over the past few years. However, he's now picked an interesting spot to revive his career in a Kliff Kingsbury-led offense quarterbacked by 2019 No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray. Having showed impressive after-the-catch ability in college at Minnesota, there's upside to be had if Williams can secure a roster spot and ultimately steal snaps from Charles Clay and Ricky Seals-Jones.
Williams appeared in 13 games in 2018, recording 16 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets.
The Minnesota product was more effective in 2018 compared to his 2017 season, but the writing was on the wall for Williams when Baltimore spent two high draft picks on tight ends this past April. Williams did produce when given the opportunity, as evidenced by his 8.4 YPT mark and 94 percent catch rate, but the chances were hardly there on a consistent basis. Provided that the Ravens don't re-sign Williams, he should draw some interest in free agency because he does have tools that aren't always easy to find on the open market. Williams was a solid athlete coming out of college who has since developed into a reliable pass-catcher and run-blocker. Some of his athleticism may have tailed off after a major knee injury cost him much of the 2016 season. Still, he'll be entering his age-25 season in 2019 and won't be out of a job long assuming the Ravens turn the page with Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst.
Williams caught one of his two targets from Sunday's 20-12 win over the Buccaneers for a six-yard gain.
Though he hauled in a touchdown pass in Week 14, Williams has been ineffective with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, with just two catches in four games. Sunday featured the first time all season that Williams was targeted for a pass and didn't catch it, but that's a tiny sample size -- just 17 targets all season. If Williams was unable to put up big numbers against a bottom-10 pass defense in Tampa Bay, it'd be a surprise if he broke out against a top-10 Chargers pass defense Saturday.
Williams caught his lone target, a 10-yard touchdown pass, during Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City.
Williams tied the game up in the third quarter when Lamar Jackson made the run fake and tossed it to Williams out in the flat. Williams reached back across his body to reel in the errant pass and cut upfield for the score. It was the fourth-year tight end's first touchdown of the season and first reception from the rookie passer. The Ravens tight end room has been hard to read all season, especially when mixed with a run-first attack with Jackson under center. Sunday brings a bottom-10 pass defense in Tampa Bay, but Williams' production this season has been too minute to trust.
Williams (shoulder) is absent from Wednesday's injury report.
Williams suffered a stinger during Sunday's win over the Falcons but appears to have already gotten fully healthy. The 2015 second-round pick is on track to suit up Week 14 and will serve his usual depth role in Baltimore's offense.
Williams suffered a stinger during Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Williams was also evaluated for a concussion, but was ultimately cleared and avoided entering the league-mandated concussion protocol. It remains to be seen whether the depth tight end's injury will significantly hamper him for the remainder of Sunday's contest against the Falcons.
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 1-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-1 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 de-emphasized 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.
Williams caught his lone target for a five-yard gain Sunday against the Broncos.
It was a season-low outing from Williams, who had recorded at least three receptions and at least one gain of 20-plus yards in Baltimore's first two games. He was poked in the eye during the contest and had to come out for a few plays, which cut into his snap count (37 of 72 plays). Williams will likely play a minor role in Baltimore's passing game Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Williams caught all three of his targets for 31 yards and also had one carry for seven yards in Thursday's loss to the Bengals.
It was a near-identical showing from Williams' Week 1 outing when he caught all three of his targets for 32 yards. Williams is behind Nick Boyle in the pecking order for playing time among Baltimore tight ends, and Mark Andrews' presence puts a cap on his target upside. The Ravens will host the Broncos in Week 3.
Williams caught all three of his targets for 32 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills.
The Minnesota product continues to flash reliable hands when given the chance. He not only caught every pass thrown his way Sunday, but he also caught 15 of 18 targets in 2017. Williams played over 50 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps thanks to the Ravens' tendency to use two-tight end sets. He should remain the No.2 tight end behind Nick Boyle until rookie first-rounder Hayden Hurst returns from a foot injury.
Williams is expected to make the Ravens' final roster, Clifton Brown of the team's official site reports.
Hayden Hurst is out 3-to-4 weeks due to a stress fracture in his foot, leaving the door open for Williams to make the team. The No. 55 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams has never lived up to his draft capital, logging only 354 career yards over 25 games played. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Williams will need to show well to hold on to a roster spot after Hurst returns.
Williams (ankle) participated in Monday's practice, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Williams rolled his left ankle just under a week ago and was forced to miss Thursday's preseason game against the Rams. It's yet to be seen whether he is back to practicing in a full capacity, but he looks to be on track to play Monday against the Colts in the Ravens' third preseason tilt.
Williams (ankle) will remain sidelined through Thursday's preseason game against the Rams, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports.
Williams departed practice early Tuesday after having his ankle rolled up on, so it's not a huge surprise that the fourth-year tight end will be held out of the contest just two days after the initial injury. With an influx of talent at the tight end position this offseason in the form of draft picks Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews, Williams will need to show out during the preseason to guarantee himself offensive reps and maybe even a roster spot with Nick Boyle reportedly having a secure spot on the 53-man already.
Williams had his ankle rolled up on during Tuesday's practice session, causing him to leave early, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports.
Williams played a significant offensive role for Ravens last season, snatching 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Unhappy with the production at the position, Baltimore's brass spent two picks on the tight end position, leaving Williams to battle for his reps this fall. It's best to consider him day-to-day until more information surfaces regarding his absence, with an extended absence potentially working against his case for playing time.
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