Williams is expected to open the 2019 season as a starter at slot corner, Michael Cohen of The Athletic reports.
The Packers have made it clear that they don't intend to deploy Williams at safety like they did a season ago unless circumstances force their hand. With the team bringing aboard Adrian Amos in free agency this offseason before drafting a blue-chip prospect in Darnell Savage, the Packers shouldn't have an immediate need for Williams to provide depth at either safety spot. In any case, Williams will hope to turn the page on a disappointing 2018 campaign in which he failed to record an interception for the first time in his career.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday that Williams will play cornerback rather than safety in 2019, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Williams began the 2018 season as a starting cornerback in Green Bay but had to transition to safety for the second half of the year due to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix being traded and three other safeties landing on injured reserve. Following the offseason acquisition of safety Adrian Amos, Williams will return to his more natural position at cornerback. The move makes the Packers a strong candidate to seek safety depth in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Williams played in all 16 games in 2018 and finished with 54 tackles (40 solo), a fumble recovery and two pass deflections.
Williams moved from cornerback to free safety midway through the season, following the trade of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, which helped him finish with his most tackles since 2015 but also limited his ability to make plays in pass coverage. Williams is under contract with the Packers in 2019, so it will be up to the team to decide whether he is back in Green Bay for another season.
Williams was cleared to return to Sunday's game against the Jets after clearing all concussion tests, Michael Cohen of The Athletic reports.
Williams took a helmet-to-helmet hit on a punt return late in the second quarter but was ultimately given the green light to re-enter the contest shortly after halftime.
Williams exited Sunday's game against the Jets and is being evaluated for a concussion, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Williams left the field after taking a hit during the third quarter. As long as Williams remains sidelined, expect Eddie Pleasant and Josh Jones to benefit from an uptick in snaps.
Williams had seven tackles (five solo) and a fumble recovery in Thursday's 27-24 loss at Seattle.
The seven tackles set a new season high for Williams, as he played all but one defensive snap. The 35-year-old has now posted six, one and seven tackles in the three games since shifting to safety and thus remains an unreliable option for IDP purposes.
Williams will play some snaps at safety against the Patriots on Sunday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Williams will add safety duties to his plate with the newly-traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix out of the picture. The 35-year-old veteran has served the Packers' defense well as a reliable cornerback this season, and he'll now attempt to adjust to a new role in the team's secondary. Williams faces a tough matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, a game that Green Bay desperately needs to win in order to keep chances of a playoff berth in sight.
Williams made a quick impact during Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, notching a tackle and an interception for a touchdown.
Williams made a big play early in Thursday's contest, picking off Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph on his first pass of the game and taking it to the house. The veteran cornerback graded out well in coverage last season and returns to Green Bay as a projected 2018 starter, though it remains to be seen who'll line up opposite him come Week 1.
The Packers and Williams agreed to a two-year contract Thursday, PackersNews.com reports.
Former Packers teammate James Jones, now an employee of NFL Network, broke the news of a Williams-Green Bay reunion. Williams joined the Packers in November of 2006 but didn't become a regular in the cornerback rotation until 2008 and full-time starter until 2010, the latter of which coincided with a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Since leaving the Packers as a free agent in 2015, he spent two years with the Browns before working opposite Cardinals All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson last year. Williams experienced a resurgence of sorts in Arizona, holding opposing signal callers to a 58.4 QB rating on throws in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. Due to his age (35), Father Time could catch up with him sooner than later. However, Williams likely is the best bet to line up with 2017 second-round pick Kevin King in Green Bay's base defense this fall, as the roster currently is constructed.
Williams had two tackles (one solo) and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins.
Williams had a standout performance in his first start with the Cardinals in Week 7, but he's had a relatively quiet season otherwise. The 34-year-old added another pass breakup Sunday, bringing his season total to 10 in 11 games.
Williams started Sunday's 33-0 loss to the Rams in London, racking up 10 solo tackles while playing all 80 defensive snaps.
Williams replaced Justin Bethel, the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson during the Cardinals' first six games. During that stretch, Bethel was overmatched much of the time, but conceding a long touchdown to Mike Evans in Week 6 appears to have been the last straw. Predictably, the Rams' Jared Goff targeted Williams early and often, and the veteran corner matched his career high in tackles in the process. Once the Cardinals return from a Week 8 bye, Williams should continue to make frequent contributions to the box score working with Peterson.
The Cardinals signed Williams on Sunday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
During the first week of training camp, the Cardinals worked out a few veteran cornerbacks, likely to gauge each one's health, but injuries to Justin Bethel (knee) and Ronald Zamort (torn ACL) seemingly forced their hand earlier than expected. With the addition of Williams, the organization upheld its standard of plugging and playing a vet corner opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson. However, that veteran will likely be Bethel, if he recovers from a hyperextended left knee. If Williams is able to obtain a large role, though, he's coming off two seasons with the Browns in which he notched 105 tackles (83 solo), 15 passes defended and two interceptions in 27 games, 22 of them starts.
Williams was released by the Browns on Tuesday.
The Browns have decided to cut ties with the 33-year-old cornerback just two seasons after inking him to a three-year, $21 million contract. Williams struggled with knee and shoulder aliments throughout the 2016 season, forcing him to miss five contests. He recorded 36 tackles, five pass deflections, and one interception in 12 games. He'll now look to find his way onto a roster in need of some secondary depth, as the veteran will bring plenty of experience wherever he winds up.
Williams (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Williams has missed two consecutive games due to the knee issue, but he appears in line to return for Week 14's matchup against the Bengals.
Williams (knee) is listed as inactive for Sunday's home matchup against the Giants.
With Williams listed as inactive for the second straight week, look for Briean Boddy-Calhoun to see additional snaps on defense, especially in nickel packages. The veteran defensive back has increased his practice participation this past week from a nonparticipant to a limited participant, so if he continues to progress, there's a chance Williams could suit up after the team's Week 13 bye.
Williams (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams was unable to play last week against Pittsburgh, but he'll have a shot to return in Week 12 as the Browns play host to the Giants. Cleveland is dealing with several minor injuries in the secondary, so Briean Boddy-Calhoun could be in line for additional snaps.
Williams (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Williams was inactive in Week 11, but his return to practice is encouraging for his availability against the Giants on Sunday. If he's unable to go again, however, Briean Boddy-Calhoun -- who had three pass defenses against the Steelers -- will see more snaps.
Williams (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Steelers.
Williams missed the entire week of practice due to an undisclosed knee aliment, forcing him to spend Sunday on the sidelines. Look for reserves Marcus Burley and Briean Boddy-Calhoun to see increased snaps behind regular starters Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor.
Williams (knee) is questionable to play Sunday against the Steelers, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
It isn't yet known whether Williams participated in Friday's practice or not, but he sat out Wednesday and Thursday. If he doesn't play, both Marcus Burley and Briean Boddy-Calhoun will likely see an uptick in snaps.
Williams (knee) sat out Thursday's practice.
Williams was seen riding a bike during practice, but his inability to practice even on a limited basis calls his availability for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers into question. We should know his official status Friday when the practice report is released.
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