Preston Williams

Preston Williams

Wide Receiver #0
ADP:Round: 11, Pick: 8
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 210 lb.
College:Colorado State
Born:March 27, 1997
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

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

Preston Williams: Leads team in receiving

Williams caught four of 12 targets for 68 yards during Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Williams was peppered with targets on the day, and although he caught just one-third of the balls thrown his way, he still used his size to haul in some impressive receptions. The rookie has quietly led the team with 131 receiving yards on eight grabs over the last two games and seems to be emerging as a primary target in the passing game for an anemic Dolphins offense. Despite his recent success, Williams could have a tough time producing much in next Sunday's home matchup against the Chargers.

September 22, 2019 6:07 PM EST

Preston Williams: Lone bright spot for Miami

Williams caught four of six targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 43-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Williams has been perhaps the lone bright spot for the Dolphins through two weeks. The undrafted wide receiver's Week 1 touchdown is the only one Miami has scored through two weeks, and he was the team's only player to top 30 receiving yards in this one. Williams should have plenty of opportunities to accrue garbage-time stats moving forward, making him perhaps the Dolphins' most valuable fantasy commodity.

September 15, 2019 3:55 PM EST

Preston Williams: Scores first touchdown of career

Williams hauled in three of five targets for 24 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 59-10 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Williams accounted for Miami's lone touchdown of the day, a toe-tapping connection with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The undrafted rookie's end-zone grab made up for an earlier drop. It's certainly encouraging that Williams received early opportunities and capitalized, but it'll be difficult to count on him for consistent fantasy production given Miami's struggles on offense.

September 9, 2019 8:07 AM EST

Preston Williams: Locked in for roster spot

Williams appears to have locked down a roster spot, as he was held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Colorado State caught just five of 14 targets for 104 yards in three preseason games, but his strong work in practice throughout the spring and summer essentially made this a foregone conclusion. Williams presumably lands somewhere between fourth and sixth on the depth chart, with a chance to bump higher if the Dolphins trade Kenny Stills (leg). It isn't clear if Williams will have any role on offense Week 1 against the Ravens.

August 30, 2019 6:32 AM EST

Preston Williams: Held without a catch

Williams failed to bring in either of his two targets during Thursday's 22-7 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Williams' net stats aren't impressive, but it's worth keeping in mind that each of his targets came in the form of poorly-thrown balls by Ryan Fitzpatrick. On one target Williams beat Jalen Ramsey on a go-route but was unable to adjust to the overthrown pass. The undrafted wideout lined up with Miami's starting offense Thursday with both Albert Wilson (hip) and DeVante Parker (undisclosed) sidelined, and is making a case for a weekly role in the regular season.

August 23, 2019 10:22 AM EST

Preston Williams: Less impressive in encore

Williams caught one of six targets for seven total yards during Friday's 16-14 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: All six of Williams' targets came in the first half, with Miami trying to get sophomore acquisition Josh Rosen going. It wasn't nearly the kind of explosion Williams had in the preseason opener, but that's to be expected. Williams has the talent to make the roster, but the preseason has featured both shuffling in terms of who he's lining up against and rotation in terms of who is passing him the ball. Clarity should come next week against Jacksonville in a game that is traditionally the dress rehearsal for the regular season.

August 16, 2019 10:04 PM EST

Preston Williams: Explodes in preseason debut

Williams hauled in four of five targets, amassing 97 receiving yards during Thursday's 34-27 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: The rookie wideout had more than double the receiving yardage of any player for either side Thursday night. He's beginning to not only garner recognition as a potential member of Miami's 53-man roster, but also as a potential weekly contributor for one of the thinnest receiving corps in the NFL. Williams had 248 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his final collegiate game for Colorado State, and followed that up with a stellar professional debut against the Falcons. It's fair to say this young man is on a roll, and could prove to be a secret weapon for a Dolphins offense that is starving for playmakers.

August 8, 2019 10:12 PM EST

Preston Williams: Building momentum

Williams looks like a lock to make the Dolphins' 53-man roster, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams has been one of Miami's most impressive performers throughout OTAs and training camp, and will look to continue his hot streak throughout the preseason. Due to off field issues including a 2017 arrest, Williams was kept from competing in the combine and subsequently went undrafted out of Colorado State, despite some teams reportedly having a second- or third-round grade on him. At 6-foot-5, 218-pounds and with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Williams could earn a stable role in Miami if he's able to continue impressing and stay out of trouble.

August 8, 2019 9:36 AM EST

Preston Williams: Impressive during OTAs

Williams has impressed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during OTAs, Sean Pitts and Carline Jean of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel report.

Analysis: Williams was also specifically mentioned by Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as one of the three top performers at OTAs, where the receiver has reportedly made a number of "wild" catches. While it'll be another feat for Williams to continue his impressive play when the pads come on, the 6-foot-4 Colorado State product at least seems to be making a fantastic first impression as an undrafted rookie.

May 29, 2019 1:12 PM EST

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