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Preston Williams

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #0
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #0

Preston Williams News

Questionable for Week 2

Williams (foot/knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after logging a limited practice Friday, Daniel Oyefusi of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams sat out Week 1 due to the foot injury but seemed to be out of the woods after practicing fully Thursday. Unfortunately, he took a step back with a limited practice Friday and is now dealing with a knee injury in addition to the foot issue. With fellow wide receiver Will Fuller (personal) already ruled out, DeVante Parker and rookie Jaylen Waddle should once again lead the Dolphins' receiving corps, with Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant in line for expanded roles in the event Williams sits.

Sep 17, 2021 12:15 PM EST


Looks ready for Week 2

Williams (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After a trio of limited practices last week, Williams sat out the Dolphins' season-opening win over the Patriots while he continued to recover from the foot surgery he underwent last November. He was limited again to kick off Week 2 prep, but his ability to log a full session Thursday puts him on track to make his 2021 debut Sunday against Buffalo. Though Williams had been a starter for Miami prior to sustaining his season-ending injury in 2020, he'll likely be relegated to a depth role after the Dolphins added free-agent pickup Will Fuller and first-round draft pick Jaylen Waddle to their receiving corps this offseason.

Sep 16, 2021 12:41 PM EST



Limited practice

Williams (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams was limited at practice last week before sitting out Miami's season opener against New England. Even if he suits up Sunday against the Bills, he'd presumably be behind DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle and Will Fuller in the team's Week 2 wideout pecking order.

Sep 15, 2021 1:10 PM EST


Sitting out Week 1

Williams (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Patriots.

Analysis: Williams managed to practice in limited fashion all week but reportedly was trending toward sitting out, which now has proven to be the case. The speedy 24-year-old is still likely working his way back to full health after the foot surgery that cut short his 2020 campaign, and on Sunday his absence could lead to some additional snaps for Albert Wilson behind the top wideout trio of DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle and Jakeem Grant.

Sep 12, 2021 12:02 PM EST


May end up sitting Week 1

Williams (foot) remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, but he's not expected to be active for the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The third-year wideout is still working back from the foot surgery that cut his 2020 campaign short, and he doesn't seem to have demonstrated enough progress in practice this week for the Dolphins to sign off on him playing Week 1. The Dolphins will still likely wait and see how Williams fares in a pregame workout before an official decision on his status is announced around 2:55 p.m. ET, when Miami is expected to release its inactive list. Assuming Williams sits along with Will Fuller -- who is serving the final game of the suspension he received as a member of the Texans in 2020 -- the Dolphins will likely have a combination of Jaylen Waddle, Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson rotate alongside DeVante Parker in three-receiver sets.

Sep 12, 2021 5:17 AM EST



Questionable versus Pats

Williams (foot) is questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Patriots, Barry jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams' recovery from the foot surgery that cut his 2020 season short is still ongoing. If he's able to suit up, Williams could see some extra opportunities due to the absence of Will Fuller, who's suspended for Week 1.

Sep 10, 2021 12:55 PM EST


Limited to start week

Williams (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Working his way back from last year's season-ending foot surgery, Williams was removed from the PUP list Aug. 19 and played in a preseason game Aug. 29. The latter occurrence might seem to suggest he'll play Week 1, but it'll still be worth monitoring the practice reports after such a lengthy rehab from surgery. Will Fuller (suspension) isn't eligible to play this week, while DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle, Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson are all healthy.

Sep 8, 2021 2:21 PM EST


Jumps back into game action Sunday

Williams failed to bring in either of his two targets in the Dolphins' 29-26 preseason loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: While he ultimately failed to crack the stat sheet, the fact Williams was able to get back into game action for the first time since suffering his foot injury in Week 9 of last season. Williams was coming on when he went on the shelf in 2020 -- he'd recorded a touchdown grab in three of his last four games before being sidelined -- and he'll now look ahead to picking up where he left off when he and the Dolphins tangle with the Patriots in a Week 1 battle on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Aug 29, 2021 4:48 PM EST


Set to play Sunday

Williams (foot) is in uniform and is set to play in Sunday's preseason finale against the Bengals, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Williams was mostly limited at practice since being activated from the PUP list Aug. 19, and it appears he'll take the field for Sunday's exhibition matchup at Cincinnati. It'll be an opportunity to receive some reps for the 24-year-old after missing the start of camp while rehabbing from November foot surgery.

Aug 29, 2021 12:46 PM EST


Ramping up workload

Coach Brian Flores said Tuesday that Williams (foot) will have his practice reps increased this week, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Flores mentioned that Williams, who has been limited since coming off the PUP list Aug. 19, will get more work in team drills during the coming days. Williams began his career with the Dolphins as a starter, but after back-to-back season-ending injuries it now looks like he may only be fifth on the depth chart, after all of Jaylen Waddle, DeVante Parker (undisclosed), Will Fuller (foot/suspension) and Albert Wilson (undisclosed).

Aug 24, 2021 10:38 AM EST


Limited in first camp practice

Williams (foot) was limited to individual drills at Thursday's practice after being removed from the PUP list, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams hopes to return to team drills soon, but he may need some time to ramp up following his extended absence while rehabbing from November foot surgery. He was a starter for Miami his first two years in the league, but both seasons ended early with severe injuries, and the team now has Will Fuller (foot/suspension) and Jaylen Waddle joining DeVante Parker at wide receiver. Throw in a strong summer for Albert Wilson and it's possible Williams enters the season only fifth or sixth on Miami's wideout depth chart. Granted, some of the guys in front of him have similarly worrisome medical records, with Wilson and Fuller in particular struggling to stay on the field for various reasons in recent years.

Aug 19, 2021 11:57 AM EST


Taken off PUP

Williams (foot) was removed from the PUP list Thursday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: It means he's passed a physical and has clearance to begin practicing, though he'll likely be limited after the long layoff. Williams had foot surgery last November and missed the entire offseason program, not to mention his slide down the depth chart after Miami added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle this offseason. Williams probably still has a roster spot, but perhaps as the fourth/fifth receiver rather than the starting assignment he handled in his first two professional seasons, both of which ended early due to severe injuries.

Aug 19, 2021 7:35 AM EST


Off COVID list

Williams has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Prior to being placed on the COVID list, Williams, who's bouncing back from November foot surgery, had been on the Dolphins' preseason PUP list. Though he's no longer in the league's COVID protocols, it remains unclear when Williams might return to the field. Miami's wideout depth chart is currently headed by DeVante Parker, Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle.

Aug 5, 2021 1:12 PM EST


Placed on COVID list

Williams has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Williams, who is bouncing back from November foot surgery, was previously placed the preseason PUP list, and it's unclear at this time when he'll be cleared to take the field. While Williams remains sidelined, the Dolphins announced Monday that fellow wideout DeVante Parker (undisclosed) has been activated off the PUP list.

Aug 2, 2021 8:22 AM EST


Lands on PUP list

Williams (foot) is on the PUP list for the start of training camp, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Coming back from November foot surgery, Williams was kept off the practice field during the offseason program and still isn't ready at the start of training camp. The 2019 UDFA has caught 50 passes, including seven TDs, through 16 NFL games, but both of his seasons came to an early end on account of major injuries (it was a torn ACL in 2019). Now 24 and entering his third pro season, Williams faces tougher competition for playing time after the Dolphins added Will Fuller (suspension) and sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle to their WR group this offseason. Williams now projects as the fourth or fifth receiver, but even that could be in danger if he doesn't get back on the practice field soon, considering Miami also has Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Lynn Bowden and Allen Hurns among its depth options at WR.

Jul 27, 2021 7:40 AM EST


Doesn't participate in minicamp

Williams (foot) participated in the voluntary offseason program but didn't practice at June minicamp, The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins may have planned this all along, but it's also possible Williams aggravated his foot or suffered a new injury during OTAs. He had season-ending foot surgery in November, after getting surgery for a torn ACL the previous year. Williams now enters his third pro season facing fierce competition for playing time, as the Dolphins added Will Fuller and sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle in the offseason. The team also has DeVante Parker, who topped 1,200 yards two years ago, while the likes of Albert Wilson, Allen Hurns, Jakeem Grant and Lynn Bowden provide sturdy competition for depth roles. Williams is 24 and still on a rookie UDFA contract, so he should have a roster spot even if he's lower down the depth chart.

Jun 30, 2021 6:42 AM EST


Able to practice

Williams (foot) was on the field for Wednesday's practice, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Coming back from November foot surgery, Williams appears to be on track for the start of training camp. His health is probably less of an issue than snap competition, after the Dolphins added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle this offseason. Williams has shown signs of developing into a solid NFL starter, but he might have to settle for the third or fourth receiver spot this season.

May 26, 2021 11:47 AM EST


Plummets down depth chart

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

Apr 30, 2021 12:49 PM EST


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.

Jan 27, 2021 7:20 AM EST


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.

Dec 30, 2020 10:31 AM EST


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