Preston Williams

Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #0
Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #0

Preston Williams News

Promoted to active roster Week 18

The Panthers signed Williams from the practice squad Saturday, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: Williams has spent the entirety of the 2022 campaign on Carolina's practice squad after being released as part of the Dolphins' final preseason-roster cuts. The 25-year-old, who logged six catches on 16 targets for 71 yards across eight games last season, should be in line for his Carolina debut heading into Sunday's regular-season finale versus New Orleans. Expect Williams to slot into a reserve role alongside wideouts Rashard Higgins and Andre Roberts.

Jan 7, 2023 3:39 PM EST

Joins Panthers' practice squad

Williams was signed to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Williams found a new home in Charlotte after he was let go by the Dolphins prior to the NFL's 53-man active roster deadline last Tuesday. The 6-foot-5 receiver played in eight games in each of the last three seasons, collecting 56 receptions, 787 yards and seven receiving touchdowns in that span. He'll figure to add depth for Carolina's WR corps and is a candidate for a promotion to the active roster if the team is bothered by injuries throughout the 2022 campaign.

Sep 5, 2022 9:57 AM EST

Waived by Miami

The Dolphins waived Williams on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Williams won a starting job as a rookie undrafted free agent in 2019 but never got back on track in 2021 after major injuries cut off his first two seasons. He's played only 17 games in three years, and the Dolphins reportedly weren't able to trade him. The 25-year-old could nonetheless get a shot with another team at some point this year.

Aug 30, 2022 7:26 AM EST

Could be traded

Williams is a potential trade candidate for the Dolphins and has had limited opportunities during training camp, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Williams has been outshone by rookie fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma and undrafted free agent Braylon Sanders throughout training camp, while the likes of Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Cedrick Wilson are entrenched atop the depth chart. Considering the fact that Williams hasn't proven an ability to contribute on special teams, he could be left on the outside looking in for a roster spot in Miami. Despite being a capable depth piece, it's unclear whether another organization would be tempted to part with future draft capital in order to trade for Williams.

Aug 9, 2022 3:31 AM EST

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

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