Disappointed with the state of the receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald, head coach Bruce Arians stated a willingness to give Williams significant playing time in the stretch run of the season. With John Brown (turf toe) and Brittan Golden (groin) sidelined Sunday, Williams ranked fourth among Cardinals wideouts in snap count. The career-high usage didn't translate to the box score, though, as Williams managed just one reception (on three targets) for eight yards. As long as he continues to maintain (or increase) that workload, the 2017 second-round pick should make a larger impact at some point over the final five games of the regular season.
During Sunday's 31-21 defeat in Houston, Larry Fitzgerald hauled in nine of 10 passes from Blaine Gabbert for 91 yards and one touchdown, but the rest of the available wide receivers managed just five catches (on 12 targets) for 54 yards. Williams' reintroduction to the lineup may have come earlier if he wasn't afflicted by a back injury in Weeks 9 and 10. No matter, the rookie wideout is expected to be active this weekend for the first time since Week 3.
Williams was held out the last two games due to a back injury, but now deemed healthy he'll revert to a healthy scratch, as he has been in all but two games this season. The receiving corps will continue to be populated by Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden.
Absent the past two games with a back injury, Williams has sidestepped the report this time around. However, he's only been active when the receiving corps was ravaged by injuries Weeks 2 and 3, meaning he's hard-pressed to suit up Sunday in Houston with every receiver running at full capacity aside from John Brown (back), who was limited at practice Wednesday.
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