Maxx Williams

Maxx Williams

Tight End #87
Team:Arizona
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 249 lb.
College:Minnesota
Age:25
Born:April 12, 1994
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 2 (55)
Draft Team:BAL

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

Maxx Williams: Gets another start

Williams got the start in Thursday's preseason loss to Oakland, finishing the night without any targets.

Analysis: Williams also started the preseason opener and also finished without any targets. He may have a role in the Arizona offense, but Charles Clay and Ricky Seals-Jones are more likely to catch passes from Kyler Murray.

August 16, 2019 7:16 AM EST

Maxx Williams: Resurfacing in Arizona

Williams announced via Twitter that he is signing with the Cardinals.

Analysis: Williams never panned out on a tight-end friendly Ravens team the past few years, but he's now picked an interesting spot to revive his career in a Kliff Kingsbury-led offense quarterbacked by the No. 1 overall pick, Kyler Murray. Having showed impressive after-the-catch ability in college at Minnesota, there's upside to be had if Williams can secure a roster spot and ultimately steal snaps from Charles Clay and Ricky Seals-Jones.

May 2, 2019 2:51 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Minor role in contract year

Williams appeared in 13 games in 2018, recording 16 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets.

Analysis: The Minnesota product was more effective in 2018 compared to his 2017 season, but the writing was on the wall for Williams when Baltimore spent two high draft picks on tight ends this past April. Williams did produce when given the opportunity, as evidenced by his 8.4 YPT mark and 94 percent catch rate, but the chances were hardly there on a consistent basis. Provided that the Ravens don't re-sign Williams, he should draw some interest in free agency because he does have tools that aren't always easy to find on the open market. Williams was a solid athlete coming out of college who has since developed into a reliable pass-catcher and run-blocker. Some of his athleticism may have tailed off after a major knee injury cost him much of the 2016 season. Still, he'll be entering his age-25 season in 2019 and won't be out of a job long assuming the Ravens turn the page with Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst.

January 4, 2019 2:44 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Quiet in win

Williams caught one of his two targets from Sunday's 20-12 win over the Buccaneers for a six-yard gain.

Analysis: Though he hauled in a touchdown pass in Week 14, Williams has been ineffective with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, with just two catches in four games. Sunday featured the first time all season that Williams was targeted for a pass and didn't catch it, but that's a really small sample size -- just 17 targets all season. If Williams was unable to put up big numbers against a bottom-10 pass defense in Tampa Bay, it'd be a surprise if he broke out against a top-10 Chargers pass defense Saturday.

December 18, 2018 8:23 PM EST

Maxx Williams: Scores touchdown in Kansas City

Williams caught his lone target, a 10-yard touchdown pass, during Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Williams tied the game up in the third quarter when Lamar Jackson made the run fake and tossed it to Williams out in the flat. Williams reached back across his body to reel in the errant pass and cut up field for the score. It was the fourth-year tight end's first touchdown of the season and first reception from the rookie passer. The Ravens tight end room has been hard to read all season and it's been a run-first attack with Jackson under center. Sunday brings a bottom-10 pass defense in Tampa Bay, but Williams' production this season has been too minute to rely on his to produce.

December 11, 2018 8:49 PM EST

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