Maxx Williams

Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #87
Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #87

Maxx Williams News

Another injury-plagued season

Williams gathered in eight of 10 targets for 102 yards and one touchdown in nine games during the 2020 season.

Analysis: An ankle injury plagued Williams along the way, resulting in a stint on IR and seven games missed. Still, when on the field, he shared TE reps with Dan Arnold -- who broke out with a 31-438-4 line on 45 targets -- and Darrell Daniels (8-92-1 on 11 targets). Williams has one year left on his current contract, while Arnold is an unrestricted free agent, so it'll be interesting to see if the latter is retained and overall the breakdown of the tight-end room in 2021.

Feb 2, 2021 5:33 PM EST

Available Week 17

Williams (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: The 26-year-old received the questionable after sitting out Week 16 with the ankle injury, but he's ready to go Sunday. Williams and Darrell Daniels (hamstring) should work behind starter Dan Arnold.

Jan 3, 2021 12:26 PM EST

Questionable for Week 17

Williams (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Williams closed out the practice week with back-to-back limited sessions, but he's still uncertain for the season finale. Darrell Daniels (hamstring) is also questionable for Sunday. Dan Arnold is expected to lead the position group regardless, and Seth DeValve will see more work against the Rams if Williams and Daniels are unavailable.

Jan 1, 2021 4:23 PM EST

Upgraded to limited in practice

Williams (ankle) was listed as a limited participant for the Cardinals' practice session Thursday.

Analysis: Williams' issue kept him out during Arizona's Week 16 loss to the 49ers, providing the 26-year-old with his first absence since he emerged from the ankle injury that kept him on IR between Sept. 21 and Nov. 7. He appears to be trending in a positive direction for the Cardinals' regular-season finale at the Rams, but the fact that Dan Arnold (back) has a positive outlook for Week 17 reduces the likelihood of increased passing-game involvement for Williams.

Dec 31, 2020 5:18 PM EST

Non-participant Wednesday

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

Analysis: Williams and Darrell Daniels (hamstring) both sat out of Wednesday's session, while Dan Arnold (back) was a limited participant. Seth DeValve was the only tight end without an injury tag to start the practice week. Williams missed last week's loss to the 49ers, so he'll need to get back on the practice field by Friday to have a shot at playing in Week 17.

Dec 30, 2020 7:23 PM EST

Unavailable Saturday

Williams (ankle) is listed as inactive Saturday against the 49ers.

Analysis: Williams' absence isn't much of a surprise after he failed to practice in any capacity this week, the result of an ankle injury. In Williams' stead, Dan Arnold (back) is poised to be the Cardinals' primary tight end, with Darrell Daniels and Seth DeValve available as well.

Dec 26, 2020 12:18 PM EST

Tagged questionable for Week 16

Williams (ankle) is considered questionable for Saturday's matchup against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old was unable to contribute even a limited practice session this week, but he still seemingly has a chance to suit up Saturday afternoon. Williams was forced to exit last Sunday's win over the Eagles after 23 offensive snaps, but not before he collected a season-high receiving total of 42 yards on his one catch.

Dec 24, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Williams (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: As was fellow tight end Darrell Daniels (hamstring). With the duo unable to practice so far this week, Dan Arnold is the sole health tight end on the Cardinals' active roster. The team will determine the availability for both Williams and Daniels upon the release of its final Week 16 injury report Thursday.

Dec 23, 2020 3:19 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Williams (ankle) was not spotted at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury called Williams "day-to-day" after he was forced out of last weekend's win over the Eagles, but it doesn't seem like the tight end is ready to resume handling reps yet. With Darrell Daniels (hamstring) also working through an injury, Dan Arnold is Arizona's only fully healthy tight end to begin Week 16.

Dec 23, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Deemed day-to-day

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that Williams (ankle) is considered day-to-day, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Williams left last week's win over the Eagles with an ankle injury, and Kingsbury called it "nothing too significant." The 26-year-old was listed as DNP on Tuesday's practice estimate, and his status will become more clear when the team actually takes the field Wednesday.

Dec 22, 2020 4:09 PM EST

Leaves with ankle injury

Williams (ankle) will not return to Sunday's game against the Eagles, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams exited Sunday's contest in the first half, but the Cardinals didn't rule him out until the third quarter. Dan Arnold could see an uptick in opportunities as long as Williams remains sidelined.

Dec 20, 2020 3:21 PM EST

Gets back on box score

Williams recorded two receptions (on two targets) for 17 yards during Sunday's 26-7 road victory against the Giants.

Analysis: The return of Larry Fitzgerald from the reserve/COVID-19 list resulted in more two-TE sets, with Williams earning 65 percent of the snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Dan Arnold had a 2-27-1 line on 30 percent of those plays, while Seth DeValve was held without a catch on a 34-percent snap share. Despite bringing up the rear in terms of usage, Arnold is the clear pass-catching member of the unit, as Williams spends most of his time as a blocker.

Dec 14, 2020 6:32 PM EST

Gets blanked Week 13

Williams wasn't targeted during Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: The Cardinals mostly ditched use of tight ends in this contest, with Williams leading the way with 18 of 64 snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Dan Arnold (nine) and Seth DeValve (two) were further down the list. Arnold took full advantage of his few opportunities -- two catches, 61 yards and two TDs on three targets -- but Williams and DeValve were blanked entirely. With a 5-43-1 line on seven targets in his six appearances this season, Williams doesn't hold much sway in the fantasy realm.

Dec 7, 2020 7:37 PM EST

Makes two catches Sunday

Williams hauled in both targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss in New England.

Analysis: Williams logged a season-high share of the snaps on offense (72 percent), which was well ahead of Dan Arnold (36) and practice squad callup Evan Baylis (30). Still, aside from a TD in Week 9 and a 25-yard catch Week 11, Williams has contributed almost nothing (3-14-0 on five targets) in his five appearances this season. Instead, Arnold is slightly more reliable for production (18-225-1 on 25 targets in 11 contests) than Williams on a game-to-game basis.

Nov 30, 2020 8:03 PM EST

Logs full practice Thursday

Williams (illness) was listed as a full participant on Thursday's practice estimate, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams took Wednesday off to tend to an illness, but with his elevation to full one day later he's set to serve as the Cardinals' top tight end yet again. Meanwhile, Darrell Daniels (ankle) hasn't practiced at all this week, which could set up a scenario in which Williams and Dan Arnold are the only TEs available to the offense Sunday at New England.

Nov 26, 2020 3:45 PM EST

Comes down with illness

Williams (illness) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams has logged far more time off the field than on it this season, the result of an ankle issue that forced a lengthy stint on IR. Now, though, he's come down with an illness, which at the moment isn't believed to be connected to COVID-19. Fellow tight end Darrell Daniels (ankle) also was held out Wednesday, so Dan Arnold is the only healthy Cardinals tight end at the moment.

Nov 25, 2020 2:43 PM EST

Nabs two catches Thursday

Williams reeled in both of his targets for 29 yards during Thursday's 28-21 loss in Seattle.

Analysis: Williams accounted for the Cardinals' longest play of the game, a 25-yard catch to help set up the team's first touchdown at the start of the second quarter. Otherwise, he was relatively quiet, despite pacing Arizona tight ends in offensive snap share (57 percent). Meanwhile, Dan Arnold (a four-yard TD catch on two targets, 39 percent) and practice squad callup Evan Baylis (no targets, nine percent) scooped up the remaining work given to the position group. Williams has been tending to an ankle issue for most of the season, but since his return Week 9 he's continued to lead Cards TEs in snaps on offense.

Nov 21, 2020 7:15 PM EST

Available Thursday

Williams (ankle) is listed as active Thursday at Seattle.

Analysis: Despite logging just one limited practice this week, Williams will be available for a third straight game. He paced Cardinals tight ends with an offensive snap share of 53 percent this past Sunday, with Dan Arnold (48) and Darrell Daniels (19) behind him. However, Daniels (ankle) isn't suiting up Thursday, which could give Williams and Arnold a bit more opportunity to produce.

Nov 19, 2020 4:02 PM EST

Status in question for Thursday

Williams (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest at Seattle.

Analysis: After capping last week with back-to-back limited sessions, Williams didn't get in any practice reps until Wednesday this week. Still, he at least took part in a practice, which can't be said for fellow tight end Darrell Daniels. With both tight ends banged up and potentially only one getting the nod Thursday, Williams may be the only Cardinals TE not named Dan Arnold available to the offense.

Nov 18, 2020 3:14 PM EST

DNP on Monday

Williams (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Williams kicked off last week with no practice reps before ending it with back-to-back limited sessions and a questionable designation for Week 10. He proceeded to lead Cardinals tight ends in offensive snap share (53 percent), ahead of Dan Arnold (48) and Darrell Daniels (19). Williams wasn't targeted during Sunday's 32-30 victory against the Bills, while Arnold reeled in all four passes for 34 yards and Daniels left the game with an ankle injury. If Daniels needs some time off, Williams and Arnold are the only other TE on the active roster as Arizona prepares for Thursday's contest at Seattle.

Nov 16, 2020 6:14 PM EST

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