Maxx Williams

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

Maxx Williams News

Returning to Arizona

The Cardinals and Williams (knee) agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Before sustaining a season-ending knee injury Week 5 of last year, Williams displayed a great rapport with quarterback Kyler Murray, hauling in 16 of 17 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown. The injury eventually forced the Cardinals to trade for Zach Ertz midseason, and the two sides came to terms on a three-year deal earlier this offseason. Williams thus will serve as the No. 2 tight end in Arizona in the fall, but first he'll continue his recovery from an October surgery.

Mar 16, 2022 12:05 PM EST

Back from COVID list, still on IR

Williams (knee) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, shifting back to injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: The tight end returned to the team Wednesday after being placed on the COVID list Jan. 5. Williams remains on IR while rehabbing an ACL injury that he suffered in October, keeping his focus on a return for the 2022 season.

Jan 12, 2022 3:16 PM EST

Moves to COVID-19 list

The Cardinals shifted Williams (knee) from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams is in recovery mode from a torn ACL in his right knee, which he sustained Oct. 10 against the 49ers and had surgery on Oct. 24. Now that he's in COVID-19 protocols, he'll have to stay away from team facilities. Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston noted all 13 players that were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday tested positive for the virus, so it remains to be seen when Arizona will move Williams back to IR.

Jan 5, 2022 2:58 PM EST

Recovering from surgery

Williams revealed via his personal Twitter account that he underwent surgery on his right knee Oct. 24.

Analysis: The Cardinals haven't offered specifics regarding the nature of Williams' surgery, but so long as the procedure didn't involve an ACL repair, he could have a shot at being cleared for the start of OTAs in late April. Whether Williams joins the Cardinals or another team for those workouts isn't yet known, as the 27-year-old tight end is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year. Before sustaining the knee injury Week 5, Williams had been productive in a starting role for Arizona, turning in a 16-193-1 receiving line on 17 targets.

Nov 23, 2021 11:27 AM EST

Moved to IR

Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: The 2015 second-round pick was threatening for a Year 6 breakout before he suffered a major knee injury in the Week 5 win over San Francisco. While the Cardinals haven't confirmed that it's season-ending, multiple reports suggest Williams likely tore a ligament. Prior to Sunday, he'd enjoyed the most productive stretch of his career in Weeks 2-4, catching 15 of 15 targets for 179 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals are now left with Darrell Daniels, Demetrius Harris and recent practice-squad signing Richard Rodgers at tight end.

Oct 13, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Serious injury feared

The Cardinals fear that Williams (knee) suffered a season-ending injury during Sunday's win over the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Williams had to be carted off the field Sunday after suffering a hit from a 49ers defender. A 2015 second-round pick, Williams' injury timing is particularly brutal due to the strong chemistry he demonstrated with ascending quarterback Kyler Murray early in the season. With 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown over the last four weeks, Williams appeared to finally be developing into a more consistent receiving threat. Now, if Williams' injury is indeed confirmed to be season ending, a combination of Darrell Daniels (COVID-19), Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis will have to step up in Arizona's tight end room.

Oct 11, 2021 7:54 AM EST

Ruled out with knee injury

Williams (knee) won't return to Sunday's contest against the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Williams took a low hit from a 49ers defender at the end of his only catch of the day late in the second quarter and needed a cart to get to the locker room. With a knee injury confirmed, the Cardinals likely are holding out hope that it doesn't affect his left ACL. Behind Williams -- and with Darrell Daniels (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list -- the team is down to Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis at tight end.

Oct 10, 2021 3:07 PM EST

Hurts leg Week 5

Williams sustained a leg injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game versus the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: At the end of his only catch of the day, a 14-yarder, Williams took the brunt of a low hit from a San Francisco defender on his left leg. He required a cart to leave the field, and while the nature of the injury is unknown he doesn't seem like a candidate to return. With fellow tight end Darrell Daniels (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Cardinals only have Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis as healthy options at the position.

Oct 10, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Dressing Sunday

Williams (shoulder) is active for Sunday's contest against the 49ers.

Analysis: Williams has put himself on the fantasy radar of late by hauling in all 15 targets for 179 yards and one TD over the last three games. In any case, his status for Week 5 was in question after he followed a DNP/LP/LP practice regimen in advance of this game. Now that he's available to play Sunday, Williams will aim to produce again versus a San Francisco defense that has allowed 7.2 YPT to tight ends this season.

Oct 10, 2021 12:16 PM EST

Gets questionable tag for Week 5

Williams (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: He'll take the injury tag into the weekend after he was limited in practices Thursday and Friday. With the Cardinals' top backup tight end, Darrell Daniels, on the reserve/COVID-19 list, third-stringer Demetrius Harris would pick up the Week 5 start if Williams ends up on the inactive list Sunday.

Oct 8, 2021 3:37 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Williams (shoulder) was limited at practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams has been a regular target of Kyler Murray over the last three games, hauling in all 15 of his targets for 179 yards and one touchdown. He's now upgraded from Wednesday's missed session, so he seems to be heading in the right direction through his shoulder issue. Friday's injury report could clear Williams' status entirely for Sunday's contest against the 49ers.

Oct 7, 2021 3:02 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

Williams (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: After failing to catch his only target on a season-high snap share (79 percent) in Week 1, Williams has been busy as a receiver over the last three games on less work, hauling in all 15 passes directed his way from Kyler Murray for 179 yards and one touchdown. It's unclear if Williams' current health concern will threaten his ability to suit up Sunday versus the 49ers, but he'll look to get back on the practice field Thursday and/or Friday and put himself in a position to do so.

Oct 6, 2021 4:09 PM EST

Finds end zone Sunday

Williams caught all five of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-20 win over the Rams.

Analysis: The tight end had another big performance, tying A.J. Green for the team lead in catches while falling one yard short of Green and DeAndre Hopkins for the team lead in receiving yards on the afternoon. Williams got into the end zone for the first time this season in the second quarter, hauling in a 14-yard strike from Kyler Murray to give the Cards a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Williams will look to continue his strong start to the campaign in Week 5 against the 49ers.

Oct 3, 2021 5:40 PM EST

Hauls in three more passes

Williams posted three catches (on three targets) for 19 yards during Sunday's 31-19 win at Jacksonville.

Analysis: Williams continues to earn the bulk of the Cardinals' snaps on offense this season, with his 76-percent share Sunday in line with his marks from Weeks 1 and 2 (80 and 74 percent, respectively). Meanwhile, fellow TEs Darrell Daniels (34 percent) and Demetrius Harris (10) remained well behind Williams in Week 3. Williams' output has been sporadic to date, as he followed up a zero-catch performance in the season opener with a 7-94-0 line on seven targets Week 2. Considering he's only surpassed 200 yards receiving twice in six seasons prior to 2021, he'll likely be hard-pressed to do more than his performance this past Sunday on a weekly basis.

Sep 28, 2021 7:03 PM EST

Rare productive outing Sunday

Williams gathered in all seven of his targets for 94 yards during Sunday's 34-33 win against the Vikings.

Analysis: Following the departure of Dan Arnold in the offseason, Williams was the incumbent tight end in Arizona with the most experience in the Cardinals offense. Williams has been as much through two games, earning 80 percent of the offensive snaps in the season opener before playing 74 percent of those plays Week 2. Meanwhile, reserve TE Darrell Daniels has logged 22 and 31 percent, respectively, with Demetrius Harris (33 and two) bringing up the rear. Williams was quiet Week 1, as he didn't have a catch on one target, so Sunday's breakout was an encouraging sign that he'll have the occasional productive outing.

Sep 20, 2021 6:23 PM EST

Back from illness

Williams (illness) wasn't listed on the Cardinals' injury report Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Williams was sidelined preseason Week 2 due to a non-COVID-19 illness, and the Cardinals' exhibition finale at New Orleans was cancelled due to Hurricane Ida, limiting the seventh-year pro to just one game in August. As the incumbent TE with the most experience on the Cardinals, he's kicking off the season as the team's No. 1 at the position. But due to the strength of the wide receiver room and Williams' own limitations as a pass catcher, he doesn't hold much utility at this stage in his career.

Sep 8, 2021 3:26 PM EST

Doesn't play Friday

Williams didn't play in Friday's preseason defeat to the Chiefs due to a non-COVID-19 illness, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals' No. 1 tight end, Williams logged seven offensive snaps in the team's exhibition opener last Friday en route to one catch (on one target) for four yards. Considering he's compiled 23 receptions and 28 targets in 25 career contests with the team, he's not a candidate to be a regular in Arizona's passing attack. But Darrell Daniels is the only other TE to have logged time with the Cards, leaving Williams at the top of the depth chart, when healthy.

Aug 20, 2021 9:17 PM EST

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

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