|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 249 lb.|
|Born:||April 12, 1994|
|Drafted:||2015 / Rd. 2 (55)|
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Williams (ankle) will hopefully be able to return around Arizona's Week 8 bye, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old landed on injured reserve Sept. 21 with the ankle injury and is eligible to return for the Oct. 19 matchup at Dallas during Week 6, but it appears he may need a little more time to recover. Williams' return to practice will be a strong indicator of when he's nearing full health.
The Cardinals placed Williams (ankle) on injured reserve Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams missed this past Sunday's win over Washington with an ankle injury, and the Cardinals have opted to shut him down for at least the next three games. He'll be eligible to return in Week 6 against the Cowboys. Dan Arnold is expected to be the No. 1 TE while Williams sits out, and Darrell Daniels will continue to log a sizable workload.
Williams (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus Washington, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams is set to miss his first game since the 2018 season. He played 52 percent of snaps and garnered two targets in the season opener, but now both Dan Arnold and to a lesser extent Darrell Daniels should have increased roles in Week 2.
Williams (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams managed to play through his ankle injury during Sunday's win over the 49ers, during which he failed to secure either of his two targets. However, his availability for Week 2's game against Washington now looks to be in jeopardy. In the event that Williams is forced to miss any time or ends up limited, Dan Arnold would stand to handle a larger snap share at the tight end position.
Williams was blanked on two targets during Sunday's 24-20 win at San Francisco.
Analysis: The Cardinals offense racked up a whopping 82 offensive snaps, with Williams earning 43 of them (52 percent). After leading the team's tight ends in offensive snap share (46 percent) last season, he was a close second in the category Week 1 to Dan Arnold, who started, played 45 such snaps (55 percent) and hauled in both targets for 21 yards. While the two may have an even split of the TE reps in 2020, Williams doesn't hold the same fantasy sway that Arnold does.
Williams (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams was a limited participant both Wednesday and Thursday. However, after logging his first full practice Friday, he'll be ready to suit up in the team's Week 1 matchup against San Francisco barring a setback. He figures to work as the Cardinals' top tight end, though the team's offensive scheme is likely to limit his targets.
Williams (undisclosed) returned to Monday's practice, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: This is outstanding news for the Minnesota product, as he missed the past two weeks of practice with the undisclosed issue. The 26-year-old is the favorite to serve as Arizona's official starting tight end, although he only racked up 15 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown last season. As evidenced by this news, expect Williams to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season barring an injury setback.
Williams (undisclosed) did not participate in Sunday's practice, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen what sort of issue has kept Williams off the field for three straight days, but for now there's no reason to worry about his availability for Week 1. The 26-year-old is the favorite to serve as Arizona's official starting tight end, though his skillset lends more favorable to blocking than catching passes.
The Cardinals activated Williams from the active/non-football illness list Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
Analysis: After a short stay on the list, Williams is back on the active roster following what coach Kliff Kingsbury called an "extended physical", per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Within the construct of the Cardinals offense, Williams acts primarily as a blocking tight end, despite his standing as No. 1 on the depth chart. Beyond Williams, Dan Arnold is the Arizona TE with the most pass-catching utility.
The Cardinals placed Williams on the active/non-football illness list Sunday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
Analysis: Williams at least didn't land on the dreaded reserve/COVID-19 list, but his start to strength and conditioning will be delayed for the time being. He enters the 2020 season as the Cardinals' No. 1 tight end, but his utility as a receiver is limited, as evidenced by his 15-202-1 line on 18 targets from a year ago. Williams is expected to be the primary blocking TE, when healthy, while position mate Dan Arnold likely will be a red-zone option for quarterback Kyler Murray.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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