Preston Williams

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

Preston Williams News

Staying with Dolphins

Williams is re-signing with Miami on a one-year contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Williams is a 2019 UDFA who started seven of eight games as a rookie (32-428-3 on 60 targets) before suffering an ACL tear midway through the season. He then started seven of eight games again in 2020 -- albeit with lesser numbers (18-288-4) -- before suffering a season-ending foot injury. In 2021, Williams again played only eight games (three starts), but on account of smaller injuries and a few healthy scratches. After finishing last season with six catches for 71 yards, the soon-to-be 25-year-old wideout figures to compete for a depth role in 2022. Jaylen Waddle, DeVante Parker and recent free-agent signing Cedrick Wilson are Miami's projected starters at wide receiver.

Mar 15, 2022 8:05 AM EST


Silent end to quiet season

Williams (coach's decision) was inactive for Miami's win over the Patriots in Week 18.

Analysis: Williams only suited up for eight games in 2021, as he was often a healthy scratch. In those appearances, he secured just six of 16 targets for 71 yards. The 24-year-old once looked like an ascending young talent for the Dolphins, and potentially a locked-in starter, but since bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2019 he's found himself steadily being eased out of the picture. Williams will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Jan 10, 2022 1:49 PM EST



Inactive Sunday

Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Williams missed Week 17 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list and is now a health scratch for the season finale. The 24-year-old will finish the 2021 campaign with six catches for 61 yards in eight games and will be a restricted free agent at the start of the offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 12:29 PM EST


Full participant Thursday

Williams (illness) fully participated in Thursday's practice session, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Williams was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice after he was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. However, he should be available Sunday against the Patriots since he practiced without limitations Thursday.

Jan 6, 2022 2:17 PM EST


Limited practice Wednesday

Williams (illness) returned to log a limited practice Wednesday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver missed Week 17 after testing positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 28, but was activated off the COVID list Monday. Williams still seems to be feeling some effects from the illness, making his practice statuses the rest of the week worth monitoring prior to the Dolphins' season finale against the Patriots on Sunday.

Jan 5, 2022 4:26 PM EST



Comes off COVID list

The Dolphins reinstated Williams (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Williams' placement on the list last Tuesday prevented him from playing in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Titans, but the third-year wideout should be ready to go heading into Miami's regular-season finale versus the Patriots this weekend. Even before he tested positive for the virus, Williams wasn't consistently active for the Dolphins on game days, so his return to the roster won't assure him of a spot in Miami's receiver rotation. Williams has appeared in eight games to date, recording six receptions for 71 yards on 16 targets.

Jan 3, 2022 2:58 PM EST


Hits COVID list

The Dolphins have placed Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Williams reportedly tested positive for the virus per Adam Schefter of ESPN. The news comes one day after he was held without a catch in Miami's Monday Night Football victory over the Saints. HIs return will depend on when he can clear the league's health and safety protocols.

Dec 28, 2021 3:56 PM EST


Held without a catch

Williams failed to secure either of his two targets during Thursday's 22-10 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Williams was at least active Thursday, after having missed the Dolphins' previous two matchups for reasons unrelated to injury. However, it was Albert Wilson (4-87-0) and Isaiah Ford (4-84-0) who stepped in as replacements for DeVante Parker (shoulder) and Will Fuller (finger) alongside starter Jaylen Waddle. Coach Brian Flores said that Fuller has made recent recovery progress and could even return for Week 11, so it's possible that Williams' already-thin offensive opportunities could soon further decrease.

Nov 13, 2021 2:25 AM EST


Will play Thursday

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Williams will be available for Thursday's game against the Ravens, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams has been listed as a healthy scratch in back-to-back games. Week 8 versus the Bills his absence was noted as disciplinary-related, but Flores said that wasn't the case for Week 9. Given the murky circumstances surrounding Williams' recent lack of availability, it's hard to estimate how significant a role he will play Thursday, even with Will Fuller (finger) and DeVante Parker (shoulder) both out.

Nov 8, 2021 9:23 AM EST


Surprise healthy scratch Week 9

Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Williams was also a healthy inactive for the Dolphins' Week 8 loss to the Bills, but his absence from the lineup was attributed to a disciplinary matter. The third-year wideout was a full participant in practice this week, but he apparently isn't yet back in the good graces of the coaching staff, as he'll be in street clothes once again. With DeVante Parker (shoulder) heading to injured reserve Friday, the Dolphins will be left with receiver Jaylen Waddle, tight end Mike Gesicki and running back Myles Gaskin as their likely top options in the passing game.

Nov 7, 2021 8:56 AM EST


Slated to practice this week

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Williams (coach's decision) will return to practice this week, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams was held out of Sunday's loss to the Bills for disciplinary reasons, but it appears as though he'll be back in action for the team's Week 9 matchup against the Texans on Sunday. The 25-year-old has hauled in five of 12 targets for 67 yards across three appearances in 2021.

Nov 1, 2021 11:25 AM EST


Benched due to discipline

Williams (coach's decision) was ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Bills due to discipline, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Williams didn't travel with the team to Buffalo and was ruled out Saturday, but the team revealed Sunday that his absence was due to discipline issues. Mack Hollins will likely operate as the Dolphins No. 3 wideout during their divisional matchup with the Bills.

Oct 31, 2021 10:23 AM EST


Out Sunday

Williams (undisclosed) did not travel with the team and will not play Sunday against the Bills, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: No reason was given as to why Williams and Sheldrick Redwine were absent for the Saturday travels, but it's obviously discouraging news for fantasy managers. DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring), Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki will be tasked with tackling the majority of the receiving targets in lieu of Williams' absence.

Oct 30, 2021 12:28 PM EST


Rough outing vs. Falcons

Williams caught one of four targets for five yard during Sunday's 30-28 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Williams returned to action Sunday after having missed time due to a groin injury, but he was inefficient with his targets to say the least. DeVante Parker (shoulder) and Will Fuller (groin) could both return to action soon, and when that happens Williams will stand to move back down to a depth role on offense.

Oct 25, 2021 8:03 AM EST


Back in action Sunday

Williams (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Back from a one-game absence and suiting up for just the third time all season, Williams could immediately step back into a key role in Miami's pass-catching group. With DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined for a third straight contest, Jaylen Waddle is locked in as the team's top wideout, while tight end Mike Gesicki should also be heavily involved coming off a nine-catch outing Week 6. After those two, Williams could find himself next in line for targets over receivers Mack Hollins, Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford, tight end Durham Smythe and running back Myles Gaskin.

Oct 24, 2021 8:52 AM EST


Questionable for Week 7

The Dolphins list Williams (groin) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Limited in the first two practices of the week due to the groin issue, Williams apparently didn't do enough of the field Friday to head into the weekend without a designation. That said, the fact that he practiced in at least some capacity each of the last three days suggests that Williams is trending in the right direction for Sunday's game, after his injury prevented him from playing in the Week 6 loss to Jacksonville. DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) is also listed as questionable, and if both he and Williams remain out or limited Sunday, Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki could handle expanded roles as pass catchers.

Oct 22, 2021 12:11 PM EST


Reps capped for second straight day

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

Analysis: The groin injury prevented Williams from playing in last week's loss to the Jaguars in London, but with consecutive limited practices to begin Week 7 prep, he's seemingly putting himself on a good path to suit up Sunday against the Falcons. DeVante Parker (hamstring/shoulder) was also limited for the second straight day, so Miami could have most of its key pass-catching options available this weekend with the exception of Will Fuller (finger), who remains on injured reserve.

Oct 21, 2021 1:52 PM EST


Limited by groin issue

Williams (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Since Williams' groin injury prevented him from playing in last week's loss to the Jaguars in London, he may need to upgrade to full participation in practice Thursday and/or Friday in order to gain clearance for Sunday's game against the Falcons. If he suits up Sunday, Williams would likely step into a starting role at receiver with Will Fuller (finger) on injured reserve and with DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) looking iffy for the Week 7 matchup.

Oct 20, 2021 1:27 PM EST


Won't play Sunday

Williams (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: With Will Fuller (finger), DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring) and Williams all out, Jaylen Waddle is slated to head Miami's depleted Week 6 wideout corps, while Albert Wilson, Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford and Kirk Merritt are candidates to see added opportunities Sunday in an offense that welcomes back QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) from IR.

Oct 17, 2021 5:09 AM EST


Questionable with Parker out

Williams (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: If Williams suits up, he could play a substantial role in the Dolphins' offense with DeVante Parker (shoulder) already having been ruled out. Williams likely suffered the groin injury in practice this week and was consequently a limited participant both Thursday and Friday. Those relying on Parker in fantasy will need to set their alarms Sunday, as his game will kick off at 9:30 a.m. EDT from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in England.

Oct 15, 2021 10:38 AM EST


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