Preston Williams

Preston Williams

Wide Receiver #0
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 210 lb.
College:Colorado State
Age:23
Born:March 27, 1997
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Preston Williams: Finds end zone Sunday

Williams caught two of three targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The Dolphins' passing game mostly went into the tank after taking a 21-0 lead into halftime, but Williams was able to cash in early to salvage his production. The second-year receiver has found the end zone in three of the last four games, and if the groin injury DeVante Parker suffered Sunday doesn't heal up over the team's Week 7 bye, Williams could find himself as Ryan Fitzpatrick's top option for a game or two.

October 18, 2020 7:43 PM EST

Preston Williams: Eclipses century mark in win

Williams hauled in four of five targets for 106 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 43-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Williams got off to a quiet start to the 2020 season while coming off an ACL tear, but he looked to be at full form during Sunday's upset win. The second-year pro set the tone on Miami's first play of the game with a 47-yard catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick. His 106 receiving yards weren't only a career-high, as Williams also surpassed his total combined yardage through the first four games of the season.

October 11, 2020 7:43 PM EST

Preston Williams: To be more involved in offense

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said Tuesday that the Dolphins are trying to get Williams more involved in the passing game, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. "We're hoping to continue to work with him to get him some catches. We know he can be a weapon, we know he should be a weapon ... we need him to," Gailey said.

Analysis: Williams has been an afterthought in the Dolphins offense through four weeks, ranking fifth on the team in target share behind even running back Myles Gaskin. He has not caught more than two passes in any game this season and his catch rate checks in at just 35 percent. The Dolphins will try to up his involvement in the offense, though part of that will depend on Williams creating separation and presenting a viable target for the quarterback.

October 6, 2020 7:31 AM EST

Preston Williams: Held to one catch versus Seattle

Williams secured one of three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick delivered both DeVante Parker and Isaiah Ford double-digit targets, leaving Williams and tight end Mike Gesicki mostly uninvolved in the passing game. Williams hasn't enjoyed much fantasy relevance outside of a Week 3 contest in which he scored (but only managed seven yards). The second-year pro is off to a slow start to the 2020 season, so he'll be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes until such time as he can string together a few consistent performances.

October 4, 2020 5:11 PM EST

Preston Williams: Catches first TD of season

Williams brought in both his targets for seven yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 31-13 win over the Jaguars on Thursday.

Analysis: Williams was able to salvage what would have been a complete wash-out of a night for fantasy managers with his three-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. The Colorado State product has struggled to make an impact in new coordinator Chan Gailey's offense thus far, posting just five catches on 14 targets through three games. The solid amount of looks is encouraging, and Williams may be able to start converting them into better production the more he familiarizes himself with the scheme. He'll look to push his numbers up across the board in a Week 4 road battle against the Bengals on Sunday, Oct. 4.

September 24, 2020 9:26 PM EST

Preston Williams: Inefficient with targets again

Williams hauled in one of five targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 33-28 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Among the four targets that Williams failed to secure was a would-be short touchdown, despite Ryan Fitzpatrick putting the ball squarely in his hands. Through two contests the second-year pro has just three catches on 12 targets, a dismal ratio even when factoring in that he's faced two of the league's top defenses (Buffalo and New England). Williams will get a solid opportunity to bounce back against Jacksonville's lackluster secondary in Week 3, but the Dolphins could consider decreasing his role on offense if he continues to struggle.

September 20, 2020 6:09 PM EST

Preston Williams: Quiet in opener

Williams hauled in two of seven targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 21-11 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Williams wasn't able to make much happen against New England's elite secondary, even with DeVante Parker (hamstring) having been forced off the field during the first half. Still, it's somewhat encouraging that Williams was able to command seven targets in his first return to action since suffering a torn ACL. He'll act as Miami's de facto No. 1 receiver if Parker is forced to miss any more time, though Week 2 will bring another difficult matchup against Buffalo.

September 13, 2020 2:30 PM EST

Preston Williams: Ready for opener

Williams (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's season opener against the Patriots, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams began the week with back-to-back limited practices and was spotted with a wrap on his surgically repaired left knee, but he's fully expected to suit up Sunday in New England. DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Mike Gesicki (glute) also logged full practices, so Williams will join a Dolphins' receiving corps ready to begin the season at full health.

September 11, 2020 11:23 AM EST

Preston Williams: Suits up for Friday's practice

Williams (knee) participated in Friday's practice, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams' injured left knee was wrapped during Friday's session, but regardless he was able to take the field for the third time in three days. Williams' status for Week 1 will be revealed after Friday's practice comes to a close.

September 11, 2020 8:39 AM EST

Preston Williams: Gets in limited work Thursday

The Dolphins listed Williams (knee) as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams has reportedly remained setback-free since being cleared for full football activities earlier this summer after suffering a season-ending ACL tear midway through his rookie campaign. Though Williams' reps were capped for the second straight day, the Dolphins are believed to just be exercising extra caution with the wideout, who is expected to start opposite DeVante Parker (hamstring) in Sunday's season opener at New England.

September 10, 2020 11:05 AM EST

Preston Williams: Limited in practice

Williams (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Williams put forth a strong training camp and has thus far avoided any setbacks in his recovery from ACL surgery, though the Dolphins have been managing his workload. The second-year pro still looks on track to suit up against the Patriots on Sunday, in which case he'll occupy a starting role across from DeVante Parker (hamstring), but it's possible that he could still have to deal with residual effects of his recovery during the early portions of the season.

September 9, 2020 11:39 AM EST

Preston Williams: Avoiding setbacks so far

Williams hasn't had any issues with his surgically repaired knee during training camp, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: It's still possible the Dolphins limit his workload early in the season, considering Williams will be only 10 months removed from ACL surgery when the team takes the field for Week 1. He appears on track for the starting job across from DeVante Parker, with both Schad and Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com highlighting Williams as one of Miami's top performers at training camp.

August 24, 2020 12:05 PM EST

Preston Williams: Practices after maintenance day

Williams (knee) participated in Wednesday's practice after having taken a maintenance day Tuesday, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Williams was cleared for football activities earlier this month, but coach Brian Flores disclosed Wednesday that the 23-year-old is on a maintenance plan. "You may not [always] see him on the field," Flores said, "but he's working whether in the weight room or the bubble or the training room." It still ultimately remains to be seen whether Williams will be a full go for Week 1, but he appears to be progressing from his ACL tear exactly according to the Dolphins' schedule. Williams will start on the outside opposite DeVante Parker when healthy.

August 19, 2020 4:39 PM EST

Preston Williams: Cleared for football activities

Williams (knee) has been cleared for football activities, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This doesn't necessarily mean Williams will be a full go when the Dolphins put on pads in mid-August, but it does suggest he has a shot to be ready for the start of the regular season. Despite going undrafted last year, Williams earned a Week 1 starting job and was on pace for a 64-856-6 receiving line (120 targets) before an ACL tear ended his season in Week 9. His best game was the one in which he suffered the injury, and he'd also shown some ability on special teams with an 11.5-yard average on 10 punt returns. A healthy Williams could be the second or third option in Miami's passing attack.

August 3, 2020 7:28 AM EST

Preston Williams: Expected to be healthy

Williams (knee) expects to be ready for the start of the regular season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: It's a reassuring statement from Williams given the wideout tore his ACL in early November and is reportedly not yet participating in on-field workouts during the offseason, although he has started jogging. The undrafted rookie did put together a productive campaign prior to the injury, registering 32 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in eight games as the primary receiving threat in the Dolphins' offense, so it stands to reason Williams should be another featured target in 2020 should he ultimately be available at the start of the season.

July 4, 2020 7:37 AM EST

Preston Williams: Feeling upbeat about recovery

Williams (knee) isn't yet participating in on-field sessions during his offseason workouts but remains on pace to be ready for the start of the regular season, Adam H. Beasley and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald report.

Analysis: Williams, who is recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last November, has resumed jogging and should gradually increase the intensity of his running in the weeks to come before he gets the green light to take part in drills. While Miami remains optimistic the second-year wideout will be ready to go for Week 1, the coaching and medical staffs could use Williams cautiously in training camp and the preseason. According to a team source, the Dolphins envision Williams and DeVante Parker serving as their outside receivers in 2020, with Albert Wilson being the top candidate to handle slot duties. Before requiring surgery for his right knee last season, the undrafted Williams proved to be a shrewd pickup for Miami. He produced 32 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in just eight games.

May 19, 2020 11:41 AM EST

Preston Williams: Trending in right direction

Williams (knee) said Monday that he will "definitely" be ready for the start of the 2020 regular season, kddk reports.

Analysis: Williams continues to work back from an ACL tear that he suffered Nov. 3, as the team is hopefully that he'll be ready by training camp. A return by Week 1 of the 2020 season would give the Colorado State product 10 months to complete his rehab program. Williams had a solid season before getting hurt, posting 32 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns through eight games. The team could be cautious with Williams, especially considering his just 22-year-olds, and he has a good chance to be a starter next season should he return to full strength in time.

March 9, 2020 3:08 PM EST

Preston Williams: Expects to play in 2020

Williams (knee) doesn't yet have a timeline to return to the field, but he does expect to play in 2020, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Williams suffered the ACL tear Nov. 3, giving him 10 months to recover and rehab before Week 1 of 2020. It could be a close call, but he'll at least have youth on his side as he prepares for his age-23 season. The Colorado State product was an instant contributor as an undrafted rookie, with his stats from eight games prorating to a 64-856-5 receiving line on 120 targets over a 16-game campaign. Williams led the Dolphins in receiving yards at the time of his knee injury, which then paved the way for DeVante Parker to compile a league-high 802 yards over the final eight weeks of the season. Parker figures to enter 2020 as the team's No. 1 receiver, but it's worth remembering that he and Williams were essentially equals before the rookie tore his ACL.

January 29, 2020 11:56 AM EST

Preston Williams: Six targets in loss

Williams caught two of six targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Redskins.

Analysis: Williams' catch percentage left much to be desired Week 6, as he wasn't able to efficiently connect with either Josh Rosen or Ryan Fitzpatrick. The undrafted rookie did look serviceable in the punt return game with Jakeem Grant (questionable) absent, however. Heading into a Week 7 tilt against Buffalo's stout defense, Williams will be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.

October 14, 2019 12:48 PM EST

Preston Williams: Leads team in targets

Williams caught four of seven targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Although Williams led the team in targets, he did little of note outside his long gain of 25 yards. This makes three straight games with exactly four receptions for Williams, while his 12 receptions on 25 targets during that span speaks to the current ineptitude of the team's passing attack. He should continue to command plenty of attention in the team's next game Oct. 13 against the Redskins, but his role is far from guaranteed to translate into valuable fantasy production.

September 29, 2019 4:04 PM EST

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