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September 13, 2020 09:52 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Nabs interception in Sunday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams finished with one tackle, one pass defended and an interception in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Saints.

Williams recorded his 11th career interception, though he only managed one tackle in the victory. After talk of improving his tackling this season, Williams isn't off to a great start in that category, though his ability to force turnovers certainly keeps him in the discussion as a weekly IDP play.

August 16, 2020 12:04 AM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Working on improved tackling
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams plans to focus on his tackling this offseason, Luke Johnson of reports.

According to Williams, "I definitely have to improve my tackling. Last year was a down year." Head coach Sean Payton echoed those sentiments as well. Aside from the career-low 55 tackles (40 solo) in 2019, Williams had a solid season, nabbing four picks and scoring his first defensive touchdown, while breaking up a career-best 13 passes (second in the NFL). If he can indeed improve in the tackling department, Williams' value -- both real-world and fantasy -- should grow in his fourth NFL season.

January 6, 2020 05:04 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Leads team in tackles Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded 10 tackles (five solo) in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Williams led the Saints in tackles Sunday, though he was unable to force any turnovers in the narrow loss. He ended the regular season with a career-low 55 tackles (40 solo), though he recorded four interceptions for the second time in his three-year career and scored his first touchdown. Williams is under contract for just one more season in New Orleans, and, with 10 interceptions to his name already, he'll likely be looking to capitalize on that production in the form of a more lucrative deal.

January 2, 2020 05:24 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Practicing without limitations
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Mike Triplett of reports.

Williams appears to have fully recovered from the groin injury that caused him to sit out Week 17's win over the Panthers. He's on track to draw his usual start at safety during Sunday's playoff contest against the Vikings.

December 27, 2019 11:36 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Sitting out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (groin) won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Williams suffered the injury Week 16 and consequently sat out all three practice sessions this week. With fellow safety Vonn Bell (knee) also sidelined, it appears Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and D.J. Swearinger are in line to receive the starts at the safety positions.

December 25, 2019 05:32 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Misses practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (groin) did not participate in Wednesday's walk-through.

Williams departed Sunday's win with the issue. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson saw the largest uptick in playing time due to the 23-year-old's absence.

December 22, 2019 03:04 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Picks up injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (groin) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Titans.

The field conditions have been less-than stellar in Tennessee, which could have caused the groin injury. In any event, with Williams sidelined, look for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and J.T. Gray to get an uptick in safety snaps.

November 17, 2019 10:32 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Makes house call in win
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Marcus Williams recorded three tackles (all solo), one interception and a defensive touchdown in the Saints' 34-17 blowout victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Williams snagged his fourth pick of the year and has now recorded an interception in back-to-back contests. His pick-six essentially iced the game as he took an errant Jameis Winston pass 55 yards for a score. Williams will look to take advantage of a plus matchup in Week 12 against Kyle Allen, who just threw four picks against Atlanta in Week 11.

November 11, 2019 09:12 AM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Grabs third interception of season
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Williams recorded seven tackles (five solo) and an interception in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

It was his highest tackle total of the season, likely due to the Falcons putting up an unexpected 26 points in the Saints' blowout loss. Williams snagged his third pick of the season and his first since Week 4. He's been a bit light in the tackle department this season, though his interception upside makes him a boom-or-bust IDP option.

October 1, 2019 12:24 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Grabs game-sealing interception
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Williams recorded two tackles (both solo) and an interception in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

Williams sealed the win for New Orleans when he picked off Dak Prescott's last-second heave as the Cowboys were driving downfield. Williams has now recorded two interceptions this season and has showcased his solid play at safety via the pair of picks and 13 tackles (10 solo).

September 10, 2019 10:08 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Strong in coverage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams posted two pass breakups and an interception in Monday's 30-28 win over the Texans.

Williams intercepted a deep pass from Texans QB Deshaun Watson in the third quarter to give the Saints momentum, and they scored on the ensuing drive. Add two pass breakups to the mix, and it looks like Williams has made strong improvements on his work in coverage, especially considering how many weapons the Texans have. He'll look to carry that momentum into a revenge game versus the Rams in Week 2.

January 16, 2019 05:00 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Fails to take leap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams made two tackles (zero solo) in Sunday's divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles. He finished the 2018 regular season with 60 tackles (49 solo), one sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Williams played a substantial role for the Saints as a rookie -- he racked up 73 tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season -- which led many to peg him as a 2018 breakout candidate. In his second season, however, Williams failed to make a leap, as he managed just modest production despite starting all 16 games at free safety. Still, Williams should remain the frontrunner to start again in 2019. While he's unlikely to be a significant difference-maker in the run game, he can still be a quality IDP option, particularly if he returns to his ball-hawking ways.

November 26, 2018 11:40 AM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Tallies first sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded five tackles (all solo), including a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in Thursday's win over Atlanta.

Williams made a huge play Thursday, knifing up the middle to strip the ball from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the red zone. It was the first sack of Williams' career and a game-altering play for New Orleans. His five solo tackles tied his season high as well. Looking ahead, Williams and the Saints will face off against the Cowboys in Week 13.

November 12, 2018 03:32 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Second interception of season
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Williams had four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's win against the Bengals.

Williams intercepted an ill-advised deep ball at the Saints five-yard line and returned the pick, his second of the season, for 78 yards. With only 33 total tackles through nine games, Williams has not had the breakout season many had hoped, but the second-year free safety continues to play nearly every defensive snap for New Orleans and still ranks fourth on the team in tackles. With the Saints scheduled to face a number of pass-happy offenses in the second half, Williams could still be a quality defensive-back option in deeper IDP leagues.

October 25, 2018 12:44 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Practices in full
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Williams suffered a groin injury during New Orleans' win over the Ravens in Week 7, which caused him miss the contest's conclusion, but the issue does not appear severe given his participation in practice to begin the week. Barring any setbacks, Williams seems on track to suit up for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

October 21, 2018 07:44 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Suffers injury in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams suffered an undisclosed injury during New Orleans' 24-23 victory over the Ravens on Sunday, Mike Triplett of reports.

Williams was absent during the end of the Week 7 contest due to the undisclosed injury. Coach Sean Payton reportedly expects Williams to get healthy in a reasonable amount of time, so the injury does not appear exceedingly serious. Expect an update on the starting safety's health in the coming days.

September 19, 2018 01:36 AM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Interception in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams recorded three tackles, all solo, an interception and a pass defensed across 62 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Williams didn't miss a defensive snap and was a key reason the Saints were able to hold off the Browns. His interception came with five minutes left in the contest, the Saints trailing 12-10. Williams was able to give the offense a prime setup, returning the pick 22 yards and lining Drew Brees up at the Browns' 18-yard line. The safety will have his hands full again this Sunday against Matt Ryan and the Falcons' high-flying air assault.

September 11, 2018 11:36 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Plays every snap in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams made six tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

It was an ugly performance by the New Orleans defense, but Williams, the Saints' starting free safety, played every snap in the opener against the Bucs. After an excellent rookie campaign in 2017, Williams should again be a solid contributor in many IDP leagues.

January 18, 2018 07:20 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Memorable mistake contributes to playoff defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams had five tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

Despite another solid statistical performance -- including nabbing a momentum-shifting interception in the second half -- all anyone will remember from the Saints' playoff defeat is Williams' incredible miscalculation on the game's final play, in which the rookie safety whiffed on a simple tackle that almost certainly would have clinched the victory for New Orleans. Notwithstanding Williams' memorable mistake, the former Utah product started all 15 regular-season games he played in after being picked by the Saints in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A ball-hawking free safety in college, Williams was critical to the Saints' remarkable defensive turnaround, recording 73 total tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season. Williams should again start at free safety in New Orleans in 2018, with his playmaking potential and dependable tackle production rendering him a quality option in many IDP leagues.

January 8, 2018 11:08 PM
Saints' Marcus Williams: Eight tackles as strong rookie season continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams had eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card victory over the Panthers.

Williams played every defensive snap for New Orleans and has been performing at a high level for weeks. The Saints' rookie starting free safety has recorded at least six total tackles in each of the team's last seven games while also recording three interceptions. Williams' rookie season has been a tremendous success and the safety should be a quality IDP option in next week's divisional-round contest against the Vikings.

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