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September 7, 2019 03:28 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Sent to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (shoulder) reverted to Arizona's injured reserve Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Williams was waived/injured by the Cardinals during final roster cuts. The 2016 third-round pick could reach an injury settlement with the team once he recover, but he'll remain sidelined for the duration of the season otherwise.

September 3, 2019 07:32 PM
Brandon Williams: Drops to waivers with injury tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals waived/injured Williams (shoulder) on Saturday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

The Cardinals picked Williams in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but he hasn't lived up to his potential. Williams has mainly played in a special-teams role the last two years, so this training camp was likely a final audition. The injury was unfortunate for Williams' chances, and he'll likely revert to injured reserve after clearing waivers.

August 11, 2019 10:16 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Achieves activation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals activated Williams (back) off the physically unable to perform list Sunday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Williams had been dealing with a back injury up to this point but was finally cleared by team doctors. The 26-year-old saw 85 defensive snaps last year for the Cardinals and was a factor on special teams, recording 192 kick-return yards. Expect the Texas A&M product to vie for a roster spot now that he's fully healthy.

July 20, 2019 04:40 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Set to miss time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is dealing with a back injury and was placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

There's no mention as to how severe the injury may be, so it's possible Williams could wind up missing some time. The 26-year-old played in 85 defensive snaps last year but was a minor factor on special teams, recording 192 kick-return yards. Williams figures to be in contention for a spot on the 53-man roster with Tramaine Brock, Chris Jones and Nate Brooks.

August 27, 2018 04:44 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Nursing ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is dealing with an apparent ankle injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Williams was held out of Sunday's preseason contest due to the ankle issue. The Cardinals are hoping Williams will be able to suit up for Thursday's preseason finale as they hope to further evaluate his worth. As it currently stands, Williams seems to be on the roster bubble.

January 17, 2018 11:04 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Minimal defensive role in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams had two assisted tackles in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017.

Williams logged three starts in his rookie season last year and appeared primed for an increased defensive role in 2017, but managed only one defensive snap for the season. The 2016 third-round pick will need to impress in training camp in order to get back on track for the 2018 season

July 29, 2017 04:08 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: In competition for starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is competing with Justin Bethel (knee) for the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Williams isn't exactly off to a great start in the first week of training camp. First, the 2016 third-round selection was listed behind Bethel on the Cardinals' initial depth chart of training camp, according to Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. To make matters worse, Williams didn't work with the first-team defense when Bethel sat out Friday's practice due to a knee concern, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Instead, Zamort filled in for the veteran. While Williams may be in a couple in name, signs already appear to indicate that Bethel will be a starter, assuming he's healthy.

December 24, 2016 03:25 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Active, likely starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (back) is listed as active Saturday in Seattle, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Williams is expected to fill in for starting cornerback Marcus Cooper (back), despite dealing with a stiff back during the week. As a result, Williams may be picked on early and often by Russell Wilson.

December 23, 2016 05:05 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Questionable for Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (back) was a limited participant Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Saturday's clash with the Seahawks.

With Marcus Cooper (back) already ruled out, the Cardinals could be dangerously thin in the secondary is Williams is ultimately unable to give it a go Saturday. Fortunately, Williams was able to practice in a limited capacity Friday, which is a sign of some progress from where Williams was earlier in the week. Further information on Williams' status will be made available prior to kickoff Saturday.

December 23, 2016 02:30 AM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Doesn't practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams missed Thursday's practice due to a tight back, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

A mostly impressive training camp and preseason was all for naught, as Williams was usurped for a starting spot at cornerback in Arizona by latecomer Marcus Cooper. Cooper has held down the fort opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson to this point in the season, but a back injury is expected to hold him out of Saturday's game at Seattle. Although Williams is the logical replacement, he'll have to prove that his back won't be in issue in what would be a spot start.

September 27, 2016 05:50 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Logs no defensive snaps in Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams logged no snaps on defense and 12 on special teams in Sunday's defeat in Buffalo.

Williams earned the starting spot opposite Patrick Peterson in Week 1 almost by default due to Justin Bethel's lingering foot injury and the placement of Mike Jenkins (knee) and Elie Bouka (hamstring) on injured reserve. Among other faux pas, Williams was burned off the line by the Patriots' Julian Edelman for an easy touchdown in that contest, spurring the Cardinals to test recent addition Marcus Cooper in Week 2. Cooper took full advantage with two interceptions of Jameis Winston and has now notched exactly seven tackles in back-to-back games. Thus, Williams has been relegated to special teams duty for the time being.

September 20, 2016 11:10 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Listed as co-starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is listed as a co-starter at cornerback with Marcus Cooper, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sorts 910 Phoenix reports.

Justin Bethel's ongoing recovery from offseason foot surgery pushed Williams into the spotlight in training camp, but some sketchy play in the latter stages of the preseason and injuries to CBs Mike Jenkins (knee) and Elie Bouke (hamstring) spurred the Cardinals to search elsewhere for help in the secondary. After final roster cuts, Cooper was obtained from the Chiefs, but the Cardinals stuck with Williams in Week 1 in what amounted to underwhelming play against the Pats. Afforded a chance this past Sunday, Cooper responded with a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six. Despite the effort, the coaching staff will wait another week to commit to Cooper or Williams, but everyone from head coach Bruce Arians to general manager Steve Keim has spoken highly of Cooper's debut.

September 8, 2016 01:02 AM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Named starting cornerback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Bruce Arians has named Williams the Cardinals' starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

As the offseason proceeded, Justin Bethel was believed to be the successor to Jerraud Powers on the outside, but offseason foot surgery has quelled his ascension to regular starter. In the meantime, Williams, the rookie, has avoided the injury bug and provided a steady presence at cornerback, earning the spot over Bethel. With Peterson operating on the other side, opportunities should be ample for Williams to make an impact.

August 8, 2016 04:08 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Current starter at cornerback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is listed as the No. 1 right cornerback on the Cardinals' first unofficial depth chart of training camp, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Thrust onto the first-team defense due to Justin Bethel's continued recovery from foot surgery, Williams has made an impression on the coaching staff in his first training camp. With Bethel slated to return to drills in the near future, four exhibitions remain for one or the other to stake a claim to the role. Working in Williams' favor, of course, is his mere presence on the practice field to date.

July 31, 2016 08:18 PM
Cardinals' Brandon Williams: Working with first-team defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams has worked with the first-team defense during the first three days of Cardinals training camp, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Williams has been afforded the opportunity with prospective starting cornerback Justin Bethel on the PUP list, which is the latter's home for the time being due to a setback in his recovery from offseason foot surgery. While Williams has taken his lumps, the converted running back has also made his fair share of plays and even taken snaps as a punt gunner. His do-it-all approach is likely endearing him to head coach Bruce Arians, and the longer Bethel remains out, Williams could begin to cement himself as the CB opposite Patrick Peterson in advance of Week 1.

Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2016Arizona Cardinals132622.040000.0003
2017Arizona Cardinals1620.020000.0000
2018Arizona Cardinals161010.000000.0002
2019Arizona Cardinals000.000000.0000
Kick Returns
2016Arizona Cardinals1300---000
2017Arizona Cardinals1600---000
2018Arizona Cardinals161019219.22900
2019Arizona Cardinals000---000

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