Chad Williams

Chad Williams

Wide Receiver #16
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 207 lb.
College:Grambling State
Born:October 19, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (98)
Draft Team:ARZ

Chad Williams: Plays one game in 2019

Williams didn't catch his only target in 2019.

Analysis: Williams was brought up from the practice squad due to a plethora of wideout injuries, but he only played six offensive snaps. The 25-year-old is under contract for the 2020 season with no guaranteed money, and he'll face steep competition to make the final roster.

January 28, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Chad Williams: Promoted from practice squad

The Colts have promoted Williams to their active roster, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Williams, who had been on the Colts' practice squad, will provide the team with added wideout depth, with Chester Rogers having landed on IR with a knee injury and both T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) banged up heading into Week 14.

December 3, 2019 8:01 AM EST

Chad Williams: Joins Colts practice squad

Williams signed with the Colts' practice squad on Monday.

Analysis: Williams spent his offseason with the Cardinals before being released as part of the final roster cut. He had appeared in 16 games with the Cardinals before that, recording 20 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown.

September 5, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Chad Williams: Done in desert

The Cardinals released Williams on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 2017 third-round pick hauled in 17 catches for 171 yards and one touchdown in 10 games last season, but failed to make the roster with a crowded receiver room. Williams could bring NFL experience and depth to another team this season.

August 31, 2019 7:28 AM EST

Chad Williams: Hauls in lone target

Williams (undisclosed) caught his lone target for six yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Williams was sidelined with a lower body, soft-tissue injury earlier in camp, but the fact he was on the field Thursday indicates he's recovered from the issue. The 24-year-old had 17 catches for 171 yards and one touchdown in 10 games last season, but he may have a tough time cracking the 53-man roster for 2019 following the additions of Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson in April's draft.

August 16, 2019 7:32 AM EST

Chad Williams: Back at practice

Williams (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams has been sidelined for the better part of a week with an injury that coach Kliff Kingsbury described as a "lower [body] soft-tissue" injury. Such issues are commonplace for players ramping up their activity in the early days of training camp, but it hit Williams at an inopportune time. With the addition of rookie wide receivers Andy Isabella (knee), Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson in the offseason, Williams' battle for a roster spot already was in serious jeopardy. Then, on the day Williams returned to drills in some capacity, the Cardinals signed veteran outside receiver Michael Crabtree. Williams has his work cut out for him as August proceeds, but first he'll have to get past his current injury to be cleared for preseason action.

August 5, 2019 7:32 PM EST

Chad Williams: Tending to injury

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Williams hasn't practice in training camp due to a "lower [body] soft tissue" injury, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Williams is already on the outside looking in for a roster spot in a crowded receiving corps, so he isn't helping the new coaching staff get a sense of his ability. Two seasons of intermittent tape also don't help, as the 2017 third-round pick has managed just 20 catches (on 53 targets) for 202 yards and one touchdown in 16 appearances. While the Cardinals may keep seven wideouts on the final 53-man roster, Williams likely is fighting for the very last one with Kevin White, Damiere Byrd and Pharoh Cooper.

July 31, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Chad Williams: Battling for job

Williams is hoping to impress a new coaching staff, but he'll have competition from free-agent signing Kevin White and rookies Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson, Kevin Zimmerman of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports reports.

Analysis: A 2017 third-round pick, Williams has caught just 20 of 52 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown in 16 career games. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is known for an offense that places a heavy burden on the wide receivers, but even so, it isn't clear where Williams fits in. The 24-year-old needs to make a strong impression during training camp and preseason just to keep his spot on the roster.

June 28, 2019 7:31 AM EST

Chad Williams: Notches 17 catches in 10 games

Williams compiled 17 catches (on 46 targets) for 171 yards and one touchdown in 10 games during the 2018 campaign. He also added one carry for nine yards.

Analysis: Since he was plucked by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2017 draft, Williams hasn't exactly had an ideal quarterback situation, but a horrid career catch rate of 37.7 percent (20 receptions on 53 targets) is more indicative of his own play than the four signal-callers (Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen) that have directed passes his way. Overall, Williams has been held to one or fewer catches in 16 appearances with the Cardinals, leaving him on the periphery of Arizona's receiving corps. Assuming Larry Fitzgerald returns in 2019, Williams also will have to contend with rookie sensation Christian Kirk (foot), Trent Sherfield and any other wideouts added in the offseason.

January 2, 2019 11:19 AM EST

Chad Williams: Minimal production in return

Williams brought in one of four targets for seven yards in the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams' return after a six-game absence due to a hamstring injury was a dud, as he managed just a 25 percent catch rate while seeing both Trent Sherfield and Larry Fitzgerald outpace him in receptions by five apiece. Williams' second season has been just as disappointing as his rookie campaign, as he now has just 11 receptions on 31 targets for 113 yards and is sporting the same 10.3 YPC figure he generated a year ago. The Grambling product will look to finish out on a strong note versus the Seahawks in Week 17.

December 23, 2018 6:12 PM EST

Chad Williams: Ready to end six-game absence

Williams (hamstring) put in a full practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Williams is set to put a six-game absence to an end this weekend, though the extended break may force him to settle for a more limited role in the Cardinals' passing attack than he held prior to the injury. Even though he started each of the Cardinals' first eight games, Williams was one of the NFL's least efficient receivers, catching just 35.5 percent of the balls directed his way for 3.6 yards per target. Undrafted rookie Trent Sherfield may have permanently passed Williams up in the Cardinals' wideout pecking order.

December 21, 2018 2:08 PM EST

Chad Williams: Limited practice Wednesday

Williams (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams has pushed the door ajar for a return with individual drills at both of the Cardinals' last two practices. He even got a semi-endorsement from coach Steve Wilks, who told Josh Weinfuss of on Monday that he's "very hopeful" Williams will end a six-game absence. In a receiving corps with plenty of targets to go around behind Larry Fitzgerald, only undrafted rookie Trent Sherfield has taken advantage of the situation this season.

December 19, 2018 3:41 PM EST

Chad Williams: Trending up for Week 16

Coach Steve Wilks said he is "hopeful" Williams will be able to play Sunday against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Williams has missed the last six games but finally returned to practice Friday for the first time since Nov. 30. The 24-year-old's status should receive further clarification once the Cardinals resume practice Wednesday, but he'll likely need to practice fully by Friday if he is to avoid an injury designation, given his extended absence.

December 17, 2018 12:52 PM EST

Chad Williams: Unavailable again Sunday

Williams (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday at Atlanta, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Despite practicing for the first time since Nov. 30 on Friday, Williams' hamstring isn't healthy enough to clear him for a return to action. While he embarks on his sixth consecutive absence, the Cardinals' receiving corps will be Larry Fitzgerald and not much else Week 15.

December 16, 2018 8:59 AM EST

Chad Williams: Questionable for Week 15

Williams (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams made his presence felt in practice for the first time since Nov. 30, so there appears to be a chance he'll stop his DNP streak at five games this weekend. If he does, he'll contend with Trent Sherfield for offensive snaps behind Larry Fitzgerald, but Williams' 3.8 yards per target as a pro doesn't offer much promise.

December 14, 2018 1:38 PM EST

Chad Williams: Spectator for practice again

Williams (hamstring) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams hasn't dressed for a game since Week 8, and his lack of practice participation Wednesday and Thursday doesn't offer much hope that his streak of absences will come to an end Sunday in Atlanta. Trent Sherfield will continue to benefit from added snaps and targets alongside top wideout Larry Fitzgerald while Williams is sidelined.

December 13, 2018 1:29 PM EST

Chad Williams: Remains sidelined at practice

Williams (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After missing four games due to an ankle injury, Williams appeared set to take advantage of a receiving corps without rookie Christian Kirk, who suffered a broken foot Week 13. Williams was listed as a full participant in every practice last week, but the Cardinals added him to the practice report Saturday with a hamstring issue, following a questionable designation with inactive status again Sunday versus the Lions. With no reps to start this week, his prospects don't look great for a Week 15 visit to Atlanta. Look for undrafted rookie Trent Sherfield to continue acting as the No. 2 wide receiver, even if Williams is able to return before season's end.

December 12, 2018 2:50 PM EST

Chad Williams: Unavailable again Sunday

Williams (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Lions, Darren Urban reports.

Analysis: Urban confirmed that Williams injured his hamstring in practice this week, which seems difficult to believe after he was listed as a full participant in each session. No matter how he picked up the injury, Williams will miss his fifth game in a row, the first four absences the result of an ankle issue. With Christian Kirk (foot) on IR, Williams is also missing out an opportunity to increase his relevance in the Cardinals offense. In Williams' stead, Trent Sherfield and J.J. Nelson are the best bets to receive targets outside of Larry Fitzgerald.

December 9, 2018 12:14 PM EST

Chad Williams: Listed as questionable

Williams (hamstring) has been added to the Cardinals' injury report and is questionable for Sunday's contest, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams' status appeared to be trending in the right direction as the 24-year-old was a full participant in practice all week, but the second-year wide receiver evidently suffered a setback, this time to his hamstring. It's certainly an untimely injury given rookie wideout Christian Kirk was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week after breaking his foot in the win Sunday over the Packers. Given Williams missed the previous four games with an ankle injury, there's a real possibility Trent Sherfield could see a run at the No. 2 role behind Larry Fitzgerald. Sherfield, an undrafted rookie free agent, has recorded three catches for 33 yards this season and has played in at least 20 offensive snaps in four consecutive games.

December 8, 2018 11:06 AM EST

Chad Williams: Logs full practice Wednesday

Williams (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams is getting healthy at an opportune time. His fourth consecutive absence Sunday in Green Bay coincided with rookie phenom Christian Kirk breaking his foot, ending his season. Kirk averaged 5.7 targets per game, traffic that will certainly be directed toward Williams, among others. Whether Williams will be able to take advantage of the situation is another story. In 14 career appearances, he's managed just 3.8 YPT on 38 passes directed his way.

December 5, 2018 2:22 PM EST

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