Maxx Williams

Maxx Williams

Tight End #87
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 249 lb.
College:Minnesota
Age:26
Born:April 12, 1994
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 2 (55)
Draft Team:BAL

Maxx Williams: Leads team's TEs in snap share

Williams paced Cardinals tight ends with 46.3 percent of the offensive snaps during the 2019 season.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Charles Clay (calf) received 37.7 percent, Dan Arnold scooped up 5.5 percent in just three appearances with the team, and Darrell Daniels brought up the rear with 4.5 percent. Williams and Clay barely surpassed 200 yards receiving apiece, but Arnold, a late-season addition off waivers, managed a 6-102-2 line on 10 targets. Only Clay will enter the new league year as a free agent, so Williams and Arnold may serve as the team's top two tight ends in 2020 if no other transactions are made at the position.

January 9, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Hauls in two passes Sunday

Williams caught both of his targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 27-13 win at Seattle.

Analysis: Aside from Kenyan Drake's 80-yard dash to the end zone in the first quarter, the Cardinals' longest play of Week 16 was Kyler Murray's connection with Williams for 28 yards. Otherwise, William's key contribution to the game was his third-quarter tackle of Seahawks safety Marquise Blair, who was attempting to house a blocked field goal but instead was stopped by the veteran tight end in the red zone after a 46-yard return. Due to the early departure of Charles Clay with a knee injury, Williams enjoyed a 65-percent share of the offensive snaps Sunday, a reality that may continue into Week 17.

December 23, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Records one catch Sunday

Williams had a four-yard reception during Sunday's 38-24 victory against the Browns.

Analysis: Williams showed up on the injury report last Thursday as a limited participant due to a knee issue but practiced in full Friday and didn't have a designation for this contest. The catch actually marked his first since Week 10, leaving him with a 12-143-1 line on 15 targets for the season. Williams (43.9 percent of the offensive snaps) splits the tight end reps with Charles Clay (42.8), which doesn't provide enough opportunity for either to be regular contributors in the Cardinals offense.

December 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Full-go for Week 15

Williams (knee) will not wear an injury designation entering Sunday's game against Cleveland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams sat out Wednesday but put in a limited and full practice by the end of the week. He will share tight-end duties with Charles Clay on Sunday.

December 13, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Picks up knee injury

Williams was limited at Thursday's practice by a knee injury,Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Williams hasn't recorded a reception since Week 10, a three-game span in which he's been targeted just one time by rookie QB Kyler Murray. Now that he's appeared on the injury report in the middle of the week, Williams may have injured himself on the practice field. Friday's report could clear up his status ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns, but Charles Clay now may be in line to handle a majority of the TE reps for the Cardinals this weekend.

December 12, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Leads team's tight ends in snaps

Williams logged 32 of 60 snaps on offense and another 13 on special teams during Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Steelers.

Analysis: Williams committed a false start penalty late in the first quarter and was the intended target of Kyler Murray on a goal-line interception by Pittsburgh pass rusher T.J. Watt in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Otherwise, Williams had yet another quiet outing. He did lead all Arizona tight ends in offensive plays: Charles Clay had 23 -- and scored his first TD as a Card -- while third-stringer Darrell Daniels received his customary two. Consequently, there's little reason to roster any of the trio in the fantasy realm.

December 10, 2019 4:31 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Goes without target Sunday

Williams started but wasn't targeted during Sunday's 34-7 defeat to the Rams.

Analysis: Williams logged just 18 of 64 offensive snaps, while fellow tight end Charles Clay turned his 31 such plays into two receptions (on two targets) for 29 yards. On the season, Williams has a very slight lead on Clay in terms of share of plays on offense -- 41.5 versus 41.0 percent -- and Clay (15-198-0 on 20 targets) and Williams (11-139-1 on 13 targets) have fairly similar season-long lines. As such, neither of them are considerations in the vast majority of formats.

December 2, 2019 6:10 PM EST

Maxx Williams: No output Week 11

Williams wasn't targeted during Sunday's 36-26 loss in San Francisco.

Analysis: For the second time in 11 games with the Cardinals, Kyler Murray didn't look Williams' way. Even when Murray does, though, Williams has managed just 11 catches on 13 targets to date. The team is on bye Week 12, so Williams' next opportunity to share snaps with fellow tight end Charles Clay arrives Sunday, Dec. 1 versus the Rams.

November 18, 2019 6:08 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Earns two-year extension

Williams signed a two-year contract extension through 2021 with the Cardinals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Williams inked a one-year deal with Arizona in May, and he's made enough of an impression in his 10 games with the team two warrant the extension. The 25-year-old has 11 catches for 139 yards and one touchdown while working as the Cardinals' No. 2 tight end this season.

November 16, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Good to go for Sunday

Williams (illness) does not have an injury designation heading into Sunday's matchup with San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams missed just Wednesday's practice with the illness before upgrading his participation in each successive day. He has made exactly one catch in all but two games this season.

November 15, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Bumps to limited practice

Williams (illness) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Working through an illness this week, Williams followed up Wednesday's absence with some reps one day later. He'll to ditch the health concern entirely by the release of Friday's injury report.

November 14, 2019 2:45 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Comes down with illness

Williams (illness) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Assuming he's able to ditch the illness by week's end, Williams will continue to split TE reps with fellow veteran Charles Clay. On the season, Williams has a slight lead in offensive snap share -- 41.4 versus 37.4 percent -- but Clay leads, 17-13, on the target front through 10 games.

November 13, 2019 5:08 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Uncertain to face Giants

Williams (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Williams was held out of Wednesday's practice but managed limited participation Thursday and Friday. While he hasn't been a consistent part of the passing game, he averaged 41 snaps the past two weeks with coach Kliff Kingsbury cutting down on his use of four-wide formations. Darrell Daniels could take on extra playing time if Williams is ruled out Sunday morning.

October 18, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Upgrades to limited practice

Williams (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams is progressing well in his recovery from an ankle issue, and he appears to have a shot of suiting up against the Giants on Sunday. The fifth-year pro scored his first touchdown of the season Week 6 against Atlanta, while drawing a season-high three targets and playing the most snaps on offense of all Arizona's tight ends. If he's able to get healthy log another impressive performance, Williams could begin climbing the depth chart.

October 17, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Tending to ankle injury

Williams didn't practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: On the heels of scoring his first TD in a Cardinals uniform Sunday against the Falcons, Williams focused on rehab and didn't make an appearance on the field for the first session of Week 7 prep. He'll have to more chances to make a positive impression on the training staff before the team flies to New York to take on the Giants this weekend.

October 16, 2019 3:06 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Catches first TD as Cardinal

Williams caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-33 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: It's the first time this season the tight end has seen more than one target in a game, and the TD was his first of the year. Williams is a secondary part of Arizona's passing game for now, but he's at least proving his reliability to Kyler Murray -- he's caught all seven of the targets tossed his way this year.

October 13, 2019 8:03 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Sparse production again

Williams notched one catch (on one target) for seven yards during Sunday's 26-23 win at Cincinnati.

Analysis: Down two wide receivers -- Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) -- in this contest, coach Kliff Kingsbury went with more 12 personnel than he has all season. The result was a season-high snap share for Williams, who was slightly out-snapped by fellow tight end Charles Clay, 44-43. However, neither player has added much to the Cardinals' 19th-ranked passing attack, with Williams putting up a 4-64-0 line on four targets through five contests.

October 7, 2019 2:28 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Another 20-yard catch

Williams reeled in his only target for 21 yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Williams has been targeted three times this season, going for 21, 21 and 15 yards on those catches. With a whopping 19 YPT, he's outpacing fellow tight end Charles Clay (3.8 YPT on six targets) by a long shot. Both Williams and Clay have received 24.7 percent of the snaps on offensive this season, though, so it's tough to rely on either for production.

October 1, 2019 1:40 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Gets 17 percent share of snaps

Williams played 13 of the Cardinals' 75 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Williams' 17 percent share was nearly doubled by Charles Clay's 33 percent, and the former wasn't targeted while the latter has four looks on the season. Considering neither Williams nor Clay are getting a large enough workload and negligible attention from rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the tight end position isn't much of a priority in the Cardinals offense. As a result, Williams doesn't hold much sway in the fantasy realm.

September 23, 2019 6:06 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Targeted once Sunday

Williams gathered in his only target for 21 yards during Sunday's 23-17 defeat at Baltimore.

Analysis: Williams has maintained his share of the offensive snaps through two games with the Cardinals, getting 25 and 23 percent so far. While he's been targeted just twice, his 18 YPT on two catches is eye-popping. Nonetheless, Arizona's scheme relies on four and sometimes five receivers on most plays, meaning the fifth-year tight end doesn't have much utility.

September 16, 2019 2:46 PM EST

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