Preston Williams

Preston Williams

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

Preston Williams: Plummets down depth chart

Williams (foot) looks set to enter the 2021 season in a depth role, Mike Clay of reports.

Analysis: Williams quickly earned himself a starting spot in Miami as an undrafted rookie back in 2019, but after back-to-back seasons in which injuries limited him to eight games, the team had to explore other options. This offseason has seen longtime starter DeVante Parker be joined by explosive playmakers Will Fuller (suspension) and Jaylen Waddle, all three of whom stand to be prioritized in three-wide sets. With Williams even facing competition from Lynn Bowden, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant for the No. 4 spot, it's hard to envision a path to fantasy relevance in the near future.

April 30, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Preston Williams: Recovering from surgery

Williams had surgery on his foot in November, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: It was his second season-ending surgery in as many years, though the Dolphins never revealed the extent of Williams' foot injury when he was placed on IR in mid-November. The young wideout scored four touchdowns in eight appearances before he hurt his foot, but he averaged just 4.4 targets and 36 yards per game, returning to action 10 months after his rookie season ended with an ACL tear. The Dolphins expect Williams to be healthy for the start of the 2021 campaign, which will be his age-24 season. Because he was undrafted, Williams can become a restricted free agent in March 2022, following the third season of his rookie contract.

January 27, 2021 7:20 AM EST

Preston Williams: Still not practicing

Williams (foot) is not participating in Wednesday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Coach Brian Flores has said that Williams isn't shut down for the season, but at this point it seems unlikely that the second-year wideout has a realistic shot to return in time to play Week 17 against the Bills. It could be more realistic for Williams to retake the field in the postseason, should the Dolphins earn a playoff berth. Through eight games Williams secured 18 of 35 targets for 288 yards and four touchdowns.

December 30, 2020 10:31 AM EST

Preston Williams: Not available Week 16

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores confirmed Williams (foot) won't be available to play Saturday against the Raiders, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Flores noted that Williams hasn't been shut down for the season, but at this stage, a return for the postseason looks to be the wideout's focus at this point rather than making it back for a Week 17 matchup with the Bills on Jan. 3. Since landing on injured reserve Nov. 11 with the foot injury, Williams has yet to resume practicing.

December 24, 2020 6:44 AM EST

Preston Williams: Return uncertain

Coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Williams (foot) is still recovering and mentioned that "we're getting toward the end of the season" in regards to his return from IR, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Flores didn't rule out the possibility of Williams making a late-season return, saying "we'll see if we can get him back," but it certainly doesn't sound like the 23-year-old playing again in 2020 is a sure thing. If the Dolphins make the playoffs it could provide more time for Williams to get healthy, but his chances of playing again during the regular season (and contributing for fantasy purposes) don't look ideal. With Jakeem Grant (undisclosed) and Malcolm Perry (chest) both banged up, in addition to running backs Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), DeAndre Washington (hamstring) and Matt Breida (illness), Miami's offensive personnel could certainly use the boost that Williams' return would provide.

December 9, 2020 10:57 AM EST

Preston Williams: Headed to IR

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Williams (foot) will be placed on injured reserve, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. "[Williams' injury is] more significant than we thought," Flores said.

Analysis: Flores was unwilling to speculate if the foot injury Williams sustained in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals would sideline him for the season, but the receiver's move to IR means that he'll miss at least three games. With Williams shut down through the end of the month, Flores specifically mentioned Jakeem Grant, Mack Collins and Lynn Bowden as the main candidates to see more work alongside No. 1 receiver DaVante Parker. The 23-year-old Williams has had some tough luck on the health front to begin his young career, as he previously missed half of his rookie season with a torn ACL.

November 11, 2020 6:32 AM EST

Preston Williams: Deemed 'day-to-day'

Williams (foot) is considered day-to-day, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Williams injured his foot in the second quarter of Sunday's eventual win at Arizona and was carted from the field. Afterward, X-rays came back negative, leading the Dolphins to believe he's dealing with a sprain, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It's unclear if Williams will be available Week 10 against the Chargers, but the decision likely will come down to how many practice reps the 2019 undrafted free agent can handle in the coming days.

November 9, 2020 3:41 PM EST

Preston Williams: Gets good news from X-rays

X-rays on Williams' injured foot came back negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins believe Williams escaped with a sprain, though it could be a relatively severe one given that he was carted off the field during the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Cardinals. He was on track for a huge game before the injury, catching four of five targets for 60 yards and a touchdown on 17 snaps. Mack Hollins replaced Williams and scored a TD of his own, but Hollins finished the afternoon with just the one target, also playing 17 snaps (28 percent). Hollins and Jakeem Grant will be the top candidates to take on vacated snaps if Williams isn't available for Week 10 against the Chargers.

November 9, 2020 6:10 AM EST

Preston Williams: Ruled out to return

Williams (foot) has been ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Williams' foot injury comes at an especially inopportune time, as he had four grabs for 60 yards and a score during the first half, and appeared to have been manufacturing solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Per Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post, initial medical evaluations have diagnosed Williams with a sprain. The second-year pro was limited to eight appearances as a rookie due to an ACL tear.

November 8, 2020 3:19 PM EST

Preston Williams: Carted off after TD grab

Williams was carted off the field during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to a foot injury and is questionable to return, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams had four catches for 60 yards on five targets before being forced out Sunday, including a nine-yard helicopter score. If the second-year pro is unable to return against Arizona, it will fall to a combination of Jakeem Grant, Malcolm Perry and Mack Hollins to pick up the slack behind top wideout DeVante Parker.

November 8, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Preston Williams: Held to two catches again

Williams hauled in two of five targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 28-17 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Williams has now been held to two receptions in back-to-back games, and he's failed to exceed 20 yards in four of seven contests. Granted, rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa only passed for 93 yards in his first NFL start, as Sunday featured a strange gamescript in which Miami got to nurse a lead courtesy of both defensive and special-teams touchdowns. The second-year pro will get a chance to demonstrate more on-field chemistry with Tagovailoa in Arizona in Week 9.

November 2, 2020 5:53 PM EST

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

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