|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 208 lb.|
|Born:||September 18, 1989|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 3 (74)|
Williams (foot) recently had a workout with the Bills, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Williams was cut by the Cowboys in February after a rough 2018 in which he played only three games due to a suspension and foot injury. The 29-year-old played only 39 snaps last season after catching 53 passes for 568 yards and zero touchdowns in 2017.
Williams (foot) has been cut loose by the Cowboys, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Williams made it through two seasons of a four-year, $17 million contract, receiving a $5 million signing bonus and $4.5 million in guaranteed base salaries, per overthecap.com. The Cowboys didn't get much of a return, with Williams posting a 53-568-0 receiving line on 78 targets (7.3 YPT) in 2017, then playing just three games in 2018 while dealing with a suspension and foot injury. The 29-year-old should regain his health at some point this offseason, but his days as an NFL starter may be numbered. The Cowboys will move forward with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup locked in as the starting wide receivers outside.
Williams (foot) finished the 2018 season with two catches for 18 yards in three games.
Analysis: Williams struggled through a foot injury and an arrest during the offseason, with both issues eventually coming back to bite him -- first in the form of an injury aggravation and later a three-game suspension. He has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $17 million contract, but there's little-to-no chance he stays in Dallas unless he accepts a sizable pay cut. Even then, the Cowboys might prefer to move in another direction, perhaps bringing in draft picks or free agents to complement Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The 29-year-old Williams has 68 career starts to his name, but he doesn't offer much in the way of upside and can no loner be viewed as reliable. He should at least have time to get healthy before training camp in 2019.
Williams (foot) isn't expected to be activated from IR, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Williams has had an interesting 2018, to say the least. He kicked off last offseason with surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, which lingered into the regular season and eventually forced him to injured reserve after just three appearances. In the middle of it all, he was suspended three games due to a May arrest for public intoxication. It remains to be seen if Williams will be a part of the Cowboys' plans beyond this season, but the team could get out of the final two years of his current contract with fairly minimal cap hits by releasing him.
Williams' three-game suspension for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse has been lifted, but the wide receiver remains on injured reserve due to a right foot injury, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Williams underwent foot surgery in the offseason, a stretch that included a May arrest for public intoxication. While his legal woes were settled in early August, the NFL investigated the matter and handed down a ban for the current campaign. Along the way, Williams made just three brief appearances before the Cowboys placed him on injured reserve on Oct. 6. It's unclear where he stands in his recovery effort, but he's eligible to come off IR as early as Week 14 against the Eagles.
Williams (foot) is facing a suspension for the first three weeks of the 2019 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Cowboys placed Williams on injured reserve earlier this month, and because the foot issue is already expected to sideline him for the rest of the season, the three-game ban will roll over to 2019. It's unclear what exactly is at the root of the suspension, but it's worth noting that the wideout was arrested back in May for public intoxication and had missed practices for an unspecified off-the-field issue prior to aggravating a foot injury that previously required offseason surgery. Though Williams is on the Cowboys' books through 2020, it wouldn't be surprising if he never played another down for the club given the pending suspension and the lack of development he has shown since signing his second contract with the team in March 2017.
The Cowboys placed Williams (foot) on injured reserve Saturday, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Williams' sixth season in Dallas will come to a premature end after he just missed the first game of his career. He was considered a healthy inactive in last week's game against the Lions, but it was later learned he sat out for personal reasons as well as complications from surgically repaired right foot. The 29-year-old will now set his sights on a 2019 return. He caught just two balls for 18 yards in three games this season.
Williams (foot) is listed as out for Sunday's game versus the Texans, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: This will be the second straight game Williams misses. He's been rarely used on offense with just three targets in three appearances, catching two for 18 yards. His absence won't be felt in the fantasy realm.
Williams (foot) was absent from practice Thursday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Williams was given the day off Wednesday for unspecified off-the-field issues, but complications from offseason surgery on his right foot were cited as the impetus for Thursday's DNP. Through four games, he's missed one game and averaged 13 offensive snaps in the others. With that knowledge, there's no telling when he next will be available to the Cowboys offense.
Williams was present at the Cowboys' facility Thursday but won't participate in practice, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Dallas labeled Williams as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice for non-injury-related reasons, but coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Thursday that the wideout is working through an issue with his surgically repaired right foot. It's unclear if the foot issue will result in Williams gaining a formal injury designation when Thursday's practice report is released, but in any case, it's looking unlikely that he'll suit up Week 5 in Houston. Williams was a healthy inactive ahead of Sunday's 26-24 win over the Lions, with Brice Butler replacing him as the Cowboys' No. 6 receiver in the contest.
In addition to his off-field issues, Williams may be dealing with complications from offseason foot surgery, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Dallas hasn't been listing Williams on the injury report, instead referring to him as a healthy scratch for Sunday's 26-24 win over the Lions. Whatever the case, Williams didn't practice Wednesday and seems to be in some danger of eventually losing his roster spot. He's yet to reach 20 snaps in a game this season.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that while Williams has reported back to the team, he's unsure if the wideout will participate in Wednesday's practice, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Dallas made Williams a healthy inactive for Sunday's 26-24 win over Lions, with off-the-field issues apparently at the root of the 28-year-old's exclusion from the game plan. Before sitting out the Week 4 matchup, Williams had been handling a bit role in the Dallas passing attack, logging fewer than 20 snaps in each of the first three games and posting two receptions for 18 yards on three targets. Even if Williams gets his personal affairs in order to the satisfaction of Dallas' coaching staff, it would still appear that his spot on the 53-man roster is tenuous.
Williams will rejoin the Cowboys for practice Tuesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Analysis: While his DNP in Week 4 was initially listed as a coach's decision, Williams actually left the team last Friday for personal reasons, and as a result missed the first game of his career. His return isn't likely to move the needle on the Cowboys' passing game, however, given that he'd only seen three targets through the first three games of 2018.
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Lions, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Cowboys offense has been in a funk outside of Ezekiel Elliott, but Williams' production (two catches for 18 yards on three targets) and usage (just 39 offensive snaps in three games) are lacking for a player with an intimate knowledge of the scheme. Williams will miss the first game of his five-plus year career, yielding deep looks to the recently-signed Brice Butler.
Williams won't play Sunday against the Lions and is expected to be a healthy inactive, team sources informed Jane Slater of NFL Network.
Analysis: Williams has plummeted down the depth chart during his sixth season in Dallas, logging fewer than 20 offensive snaps in each of the Cowboys' three games while contributing only two receptions for 18 yards. With the 29-year-old not giving the Cowboys the downfield threat the passing attack desperately needs, it appears Brice Butler, who re-signed with the club Sept. 18, could suit up Sunday and get some snaps on offense.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team is leaning toward activating Brice Butler over Williams for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Williams missed Friday's practice for an unspecified non-injury reason. It may have to do with the suspension he's reported to be facing, but we don't have any confirmation just yet. In any case, Williams has drawn three targets on just 38 snaps through the first three weeks of the season, all but disappearing from the Dallas offense.
Williams is facing a suspension stemming from a May 2018 arrest, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Williams was arrested for public intoxication back in the spring. The length of the suspension is not yet known, but according to Moore, there is anticipation that it will be from two to four games. Williams' looming suspension sheds light on the Cowboys signing Brice Butler earlier this week, as the hammer could drop on Williams at any point in the coming weeks and the team will be looking to fill his spot on the wide receiver depth chart. It is unlikely that Williams will be suspended so soon to Dallas' Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks, but more news will likely come about in the near future.
Williams caught his lone target for 12 yards during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Despite a death of reliable targets in Dallas, Williams finds himself near the bottom of the barrel with just one catch in each of the team's first two contests. There was a time in which Williams was a field-stretching complementary piece to the Cowboys offense. Those days seem really long ago.
Williams got the start in Saturday's preseason game against Cincinnati, hauling in both of his targets for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Allen Hurns was the other starting wideout, but Michael Gallup also caught a pair of passes from Dak Prescott, who turned a broken play into a six-yard touchdown pass to Williams. There wasn't much competition for snaps early in Saturday's game, as Cole Beasley (groin), Tavon Austin (hamstring) and Deonte Thompson were all held out. Williams likely will retain his starting job heading into Week 1, but he'll eventually lose snaps and targets if he doesn't improve upon his 2017 performance.
Williams (foot) caught both his targets for 13 yards during Thursday's preseason opener against the 49ers.
Analysis: Williams has been practicing through pain during training camp, but his ability to contribute in the first game action should ease any concern about the issue. More notably for Williams' fantasy stock was the fact that rookie Michael Gallup appeared to have something of a rapport with Dak Prescott, as the pair hooked up on a beautiful 30-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Williams also has Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley ahead of him in the pecking order and will need to impress this preseason to retain a healthy role in the offense.
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