Maxx Williams

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

Maxx Williams News

Signed to active roster

The Cardinals signed Williams to their active roster Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams has been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster for three straight games with Zach Ertz (knee) sidelined. However, Williams totaled just one reception for seven yards during those contests, as Trey McBride has operated as the top tight end. Williams figures to continue garnering a solid role in Arizona's offense, but barring injuries, he remains irrelevant in fantasy.

Dec 14, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Back to practice squad

Williams reverted to the Cardinals' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Williams received the bump up to the active roster with Zach Ertz (knee) out for Monday's loss to the Patriots. Despite seeing 15 offensive snaps, the 28-year-old once again failed to draw a single target or tally any stats. With Ertz out for the remainder of the season, it's likely that Williams finds himself back on Arizona's 53-man roster again. His next opportunity to suit up will now be Sunday in Denver.

Dec 13, 2022 4:08 PM EST

Bumped up from practice squad

Williams was elevated from the Cardinal's practice squad ahead of their game with the Patriots on Monday, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: Williams will suit up Monday against the Patriots, after receiving his third consecutive elevation to the active roster. The 28-year-old has seen 29 offensive snaps over the last two weeks, while catching his only target for a seven-yard gain. He's likely a very deep tournament play at best in single-game DFS contests Monday night.

Dec 12, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Back to practice squad

Williams reverted to the Cardinals' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Williams received the bump up to the active roster with Zach Ertz (knee) out for Sunday's loss to the Chargers. Despite seeing 17 snaps on offense, Williams failed to see a target or tally any stats. With Ertz out for the remainder of the season, there's a good chance Williams finds himself on the active roster again. With the Cardinals headed into a bye week, his next opportunity will be Week 14 against the Patriots.

Nov 28, 2022 5:01 PM EST

Up from practice squad

The Cardinals elevated Williams from the practice squad Saturday ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, the Cards will use one of three potential elevations on Williams. On Monday against the 49ers in Mexico City, he ranked second among the team's tight ends in snaps (13) behind Trey McBride (54) and ahead of Stephen Anderson (10), catching his only target for seven yards. Williams likely won't take on much more work Sunday, even with Zach Ertz (knee) out for the season.

Nov 26, 2022 6:39 PM EST

Sent back to practice squad

Williams reverted to Arizona's practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: With Zach Ertz (knee) out for the season, Williams was elevated from the practice squad prior to the Cardinals' Week 11 loss to San Francisco and logged 13 snaps -- well behind Trey McBride's 54 but ahead of Stephen Anderson's 10. Williams caught his only target for seven yards in the loss and also played nine special-teams snaps. He's a candidate to be elevated again for Week 12 if Arizona opts to carry three tight ends into Sunday's contest against the Chargers.

Nov 22, 2022 3:57 PM EST

Joining active roster vs. 49ers

Arizona elevated Williams from its practice squad to the 53-man roster Monday ahead of its game versus San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: It will be Williams' first game back on the active roster after being sent down to the practice squad ahead of Week 5. He figures to fill a rotational role behind rookie second-rounder Trey McBride on Monday night.

Nov 21, 2022 2:03 PM EST

Returns on practice squad

The Cardinals re-signed Williams (knee) to the practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Williams will stay in Arizona after being released by the team last Friday, recording zero targets over 53 offensive while playing 53 offensive snaps through the first four weeks of the season. The 28-year-old caught all but one of his 17 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 last year. Williams will now be available for three game-day activations while on the Cardinals' practice squad.

Oct 10, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Let loose by Cardinals

The Cardinals released Williams (knee) on Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: While the Cardinals contain a deep tight end room consisting of Zach Ertz, rookie Trey McBride and Stephen Anderson, the team ultimately decided to part ways with Williams on Friday. The 252-pounder appeared in each of Arizona's first four games, but he failed to record a reception in that stretch. Williams was held out of practice earlier this week due to a knee injury, and he'll look to join another team once he's able to move past the issue.

Oct 7, 2022 3:11 PM EST

No practice Wednesday

Williams (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: After seeing no more than 15 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in each of the first three games of the campaign, Williams jumped all the way up to 30 percent this past Sunday at Carolina. Still, he's in search of his first target since tearing his ACL in Week 5 of last season. Williams' absence Wednesday may be maintenance-related due to the aforementioned injury, but he also seemingly is behind Zach Ertz and 2022 second-round pick Trey McBride after the rookie caught all three targets for 24 yards while playing 42 percent of the snaps on offense Week 4.

Oct 5, 2022 4:20 PM EST

No targets Sunday

Williams played 10 of 65 offensive snaps and one more on special teams during Sunday's 44-21 defeat to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Making his first appearance since tearing his ACL in Week 5 last season, Williams was unable to make an impact in the box score Sunday. Instead, Zach Ertz was the only Cards tight end looked at by Kyler Murray en route to two catches (on four targets) for 14 yards and one touchdown on 39 snaps on offense. Rookie second-rounder Trey McBride was a healthy scratch Week 1, so Williams' usage could be impacted if the former gets a chance to dress on game days. For the time being, though, the Arizona's TE pecking order if Ertz, Williams and Stephen Anderson (nine offensive snaps, one on special teams Sunday).

Sep 13, 2022 8:48 PM EST

Avoids injury report

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

Analysis: Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury Oct. 10 last year and eventually underwent surgery Oct. 24. It was revealed at the start of training camp in late July that a torn ACL was to blame, and while he didn't play in the preseason, coach Kliff Kingsbury told Weinfuss on Wednesday that Williams will be a "full go" for Sunday's season opener at Chicago. With Zach Ertz still tending to a calf injury, Williams could be a big part of the game plan this weekend (along with rookie second-rounder Trey McBride) if the fellow veteran tight end is limited or out.

Sep 7, 2022 3:41 PM EST

Comes off PUP

Williams (knee) was activated from the PUP list Thursday morning, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Williams suffered an ACL tear Week 5 last year, putting an end to what was almost certainly going to be his best season (he needed just five games to come within 75 yards of his career high). Since then, the Cardinals have traded for Zach Ertz and drafted Trey McBride, likely ending any opportunity for Williams to have fantasy relevance. The 28-year-old will need to earn snaps with his blocking work, in all likelihood.

Aug 4, 2022 8:08 AM EST

May practice before camp concludes

Williams (knee) may get back on the field before the end of training camp, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "I'd say he's ahead of schedule," coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday regarding Williams' recovery. "Not saying he'll be ready to go or how that looks, but from where it started to where it is now I couldn't be more impressed."

Analysis: Williams continues his recovery from the torn ACL that he sustained Week 5 last season. Because he opened camp on the active/PUP list, he has the ability to practice or even play in the preseason. Kingsbury's comments imply that the former is more likely to happen than the latter, but if Williams remains on the PUP list beyond cut-down day on Aug. 30, he'll move to the reserve version of the list and be required to miss at least the first four games of the coming campaign. Once Williams is available to Arizona's offense, he'll have to vie with Zach Ertz and likely rookie second-round pick Trey McBride for reps at tight end.

Jul 26, 2022 2:33 PM EST

Lands on PUP list

The Cardinals placed Williams (knee) on the active/PUP list Friday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Williams suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 last season and will continue to rehab during training camp. He's eligible to return at any time during camp, but if he isn't removed from the active PUP list before the final roster deadline, the tight end will be forced to miss at least the first six games of the regular season.

Jul 22, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Likely starting camp on PUP

Williams (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, Jess Root of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Williams is working his way back from a season-ending right ACL tear suffered Week 5 last season. In Williams' five appearances in 2021, he racked up an impressive 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown on 17 targets. Since Williams' initial injury, however, the Cardinals have traded for and extended Zach Ertz, in addition to selecting Trey McBride in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. That likely leaves Williams, who re-signed with Arizona on a one-year deal back in March, as the No. 3 tight end once back to full health.

Jun 22, 2022 6:54 AM EST

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

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