Williams recorded six tackles (four solo), one pass defended, and one interception which he returned for a touchdown during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings.
Williams was ineffective in pass coverage of Vikings' wideout Adam Thielen, who posted seven receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown, but the fourth-year pro more than made up for it with a pivotal pick six. Though he won't be credited on stat sheets for it, Williams also logged a key tackle which led to a fumble by Thielen. Williams will look to make an impact again against the Rams in Week 9.
Williams (ribs) participated in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Williams suffered a rib injury during the Saints' first preseason game against the Jaguars, but appears to have fully recovered. The 2015 third-rounder projects to enter the 2018 season as a depth cornerback option.
Williams suffered a bruised rib in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars and is expected to be out for one week, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
Williams was forced to leave Thursday's contest and did not return. With Williams given a timetable of just one week, it doesn't appear that the rib injury is anything too serious, but the cornerback is now at risk of missing Friday's matchup with the Cardinals.
Williams recorded 47 tackles (34 solo), nine passes defensed and two interceptions across 16 games in 2017.
Williams notched career-highs across the board in 2017, as the cornerback was finally able to stay on the field for all 16 contests after two injury-plagued seasons to start his career. While Ken Crawley ended the season as the starting cornerback alongside Marshon Lattimore, Williams still managed to record just under 40 defensive reps per game in the regular season. He now heads into a contract year with the Saints and he'll have to prove his 2017 numbers were no fluke if he hopes to sign a long-term extension.
Williams (shoulder) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Williams was listed as questionable for Sunday's game but is apparently ready to play. The 24-year-old should see an increased workload against the Panthers with rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore inactive with an ankle injury.
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|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||2||7||5.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||47||34.0||13||0||2||7||3.5||7||0||9|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||8||29||23.0||6||0||1||45||45.0||45||1||5|
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|2016||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||8||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|