Williams (shoulder) is participating in 7-on-7 drills during OTAs, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Presumably fully recovered from the labrum tear that wiped out his 2020 campaign, Williams made a big play Thursday on a pass from Jared Goff. Should the 29-year-old stay healthy this summer, he could be one of the quarterback's top targets in 2021 after Detroit did nothing more to provide competition at on the perimeter than sign the injury-prone Breshad Perriman, who has never played a full season. Behind those two, the likes of Quintez Cephus and fourth-round rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown sit atop the depth chart entering training camp.
Jun 3, 2021 5:57 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) called himself "95 percent" during an introductory press conference Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams missed the entire 2020 season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder in late August. He eventually underwent surgery to address the issue in September, and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network noted on Feb. 11 that Williams was 2-to-3 weeks away from full health. Based off Williams' more-recent comment, he has a bit more to do to get back to 100 percent, but it likely won't stop him from participating in the offseason program, assuming teams hold them in-person this year. Prior to the lost campaign, he worked with current Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn with the Chargers in 2017 and 2018, averaging 16.4 YPC and hauling in 62.7 percent of his 134 targets across 32 games.
Mar 15, 2021 2:19 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) is signing a one-year contract with the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Signed to a four-year, $44 million contract two years ago, Williams put up 42/651/6 in 2019 before missing the entire 2020 campaign with a shoulder labrum injury. The Raiders then released him in late February, making the 29-year-old wideout immediately eligible to sign with a new team. It took Williams about a week to find his home, joining the new-look Lions with Jared Goff at QB, Dan Campbell as head coach and both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones on expiring contracts. Williams' deal reportedly is worth up to $6.2 million, but his cap hit could be much lower if a large portion of that is just incentives. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said Feb. 11 that Williams was expected to be fully healthy within two or three weeks.
Mar 3, 2021 12:53 PM EST
The Raiders released Williams (shoulder) on Wednesday.
Analysis: Reports of Williams' pending release initially surfaced back in January, so it doesn't come as any sort of surprise to see the move now made official. Williams, who missed all of 2020 due to a labrum injury, was just two seasons into the four-year, $44 million deal he inked with the Raiders back in 2019. Per Tashan Reed of The Athletic, his release will save Las Vegas $11.6 million in cap space for 2021, and $23.1 million over the next two years. Now 29 years old, Williams -- when healthy -- stands to draw interest on the free agent market from teams in need of veteran depth, but it's hard to picture him landing another starting gig.
Feb 24, 2021 1:49 PM EST
The Raiders are expected to release Williams (shoulder) at the start of the new league year in March, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Williams missed the entire 2020 season due to a shoulder injury, for which he underwent surgery back in September, but Pelissero reports he's now just two to three weeks away from full health. The soon-to-be 29-year-old was fairly effective for the Raiders back in 2019, when he logged a 42-651-6 stat line in 14 contests despite battling plantar fasciitis, so he could be an intriguing free agent option for teams in need of veteran help at wideout. Cutting Williams will free up roughly $11.6 million in salary cap for the Raiders in 2021.
Feb 11, 2021 2:24 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) would need to agree to a reduced salary to have any shot of staying with the Raiders, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Signed to a four-year, $44 million contract during the 2019 offseason, Williams battled through plantar fasciitis in his first year with the Raiders before missing the entire second season with a shoulder injury. He should recover from September labrum surgery in time for the offseason program, but he's facing an uncertain future with no guaranteed money remaining on his contract. Williams turns 29 in February, and he won't be handed a starting job in 2021, regardless of where he ends up playing.
Jan 19, 2021 9:15 AM EST
Williams, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, will undergo surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder at some point in September, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Williams initially expected to play through the injury, but instead surgery has been ordered up, which will cause him to miss the entirety of his sixth NFL season. In his stead, the Raiders are expected to go with an inexperienced receiving corps composed of two rookies (Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards) and a second-year slot specialist (Hunter Renfrow).
Sep 1, 2020 2:18 PM EST
The Raiders placed Williams (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: A little more than a week removed from suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Williams won't suit up this season after initially planning to play through the injury. With the decision made to shut down the 28-year-old, the Raiders likely will trot out a young receiving corps, led by rookie first-rounder Henry Ruggs and supplemented by slot man Hunter Renfrow and 2020 third-round pick Bryan Edwards.
Sep 1, 2020 1:58 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) is expected to play through his torn labrum, Vic Tafur, Jimmy Durkin, Ted Nguyen and Tashan Reed of The Athletic's State of the Nation podcast report.
Analysis: Williams has played through the exact same injury on two previous occasions, as noted by Tafur during Thursday's episode of State of the Nation, once during his senior season at Western Oregon and then in 2015 with the Chargers. That the 28-year-old has some experience dealing with this exact injury is hopeful, and the Raiders have left the door open for Williams to possibly suit up for the season opener Sept. 13 versus the Panthers. Williams has not been wearing a sling or cast while at practice, though he has been held out from any level of participation.
Aug 30, 2020 2:38 PM EST
Williams recently sustained a torn labrum in his shoulder, but the wideout intends to put off rehab and play through the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Williams plans to take the next few weeks off to treat the injury through rest and rehab, leaving the door open for him to be available for the Raiders' season opener Sept. 13 at Carolina. After he missed only two games in 2019 while battling plantar fasciitis in both of his feet for a large portion of the season, Williams has shown an ability to play through injuries, though this latest shoulder issue could provide new complications. The Raiders are counting on Williams to serve as their top big-play threat, but if the injury limits the veteran or causes him to miss time, rookie first-round pick Henry Ruggs could end up seeing more work at outside receiver sooner than Las Vegas planned.
Aug 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST
Williams said he's "over the hump" in dealing with the plantar fasciitis that bothered him last season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams was bothered by both of his feet, missing two games in October and ultimately failing to maintain his strong start to the season. He finished with a 42-651-6 receiving line on 64 targets, with both his stat line and snap count (727) looking oddly similar to what he'd done the previous two years in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old is entering the second season of a four-year, $44 million contract, and while better health might theoretically lead to more targets, he's now facing tougher competition after the Raiders picked up Henry Ruggs (Round 1) and Bryan Edwards (Round 3) in the 2020 NFL Draft. The team also brings back slot specialist Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller, along with an impressive, versatile backfield led by Josh Jacobs.
Aug 12, 2020 10:58 AM EST
Williams dealt with plantar fasciitis in both feet last season, but he's believed to be healthy now, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports.
Analysis: Williams technically missed only two games in the first season of a four-year, $44 million contract, but he didn't make much noise after Week 8. He scored five of his six touchdowns in his first five games, while his final nine appearances yielded only 344 yards and one score. In terms of per-target efficiency, he built on his excellent track record from his time with the Chargers, with 10.2 YPT placing seventh among qualified pass catchers. Williams made a strong case to see more work if he can stay healthy, but the Raiders may have other ideas after using a first-round pick on Henry Ruggs and a third-round pick on Bryan Edwards. There's also a lot of touch competition coming from other positions, namely Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden in the backfield and Darren Waller and Jason Witten at tight end.
Jun 23, 2020 5:14 PM EST
Coach Jon Gruden said Williams (foot) is approach 100 percent health, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams was hobbled by plantar fasciitis throughout much of his first season with the Raiders, recording 47 percent of his receiving yards and five of his six touchdowns within his first five games. He's now entering the second season of a four-year, $44.4 million contract, with his $11 million base salary for 2020 vesting to a full guarantee earlier this month, per overthecap.com. The Raiders are probably still in the market for a true No. 1 receiver, but they at least have a diverse group of weapons between Williams, Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow, Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard. While the target upside may be limited, a healthy Williams could be a regular source of big plays and touchdowns. It sounds like he'll be healthy for the offseason program, though plantar fasciitis is known to linger or reappear later on.
Feb 27, 2020 9:46 AM EST
Williams (foot) is making good progress in his recovery from his Plantar fasciitis injury, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Analysis: Williams began the 2019 regular season strong, recording four straight contests with a touchdown grab, but he was then forced to sit out back-to-back games due to Plantar fasciitis issues. The 28-year-old wideout toughed out the remainder of the season but was clearly hobbled by his linger foot injury, culminating in a Week 17 tilt in which he wasn't targeted. Coach Jon Gruden blamed Williams' dwindling production on injury, saying "it's hard to play when your feet are on fire" following the season-ending loss. Williams remains under contract for the next three seasons with a salary of $11 million per year, so he'll be in line to reprise a key role in the Raiders' receiver corps provided he can get healthy during the offseason.
Feb 21, 2020 12:16 PM EST
Williams (foot) didn't receive a target in Sunday's 16-15 loss to the Broncos, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden attributed Williams' lack of production to his injury status. "We still think he's an excellent player, Gruden said, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. "But it's hard to play when your feet are on fire. His feet were hurting." Williams has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, and it has affected his performance lately. The 27-year-old wideout had his best game in Week 1 against the Broncos, as he set season highs in catches (six) and yards (105) while finding the paydirt, but he surpassed 50 receiving yards just three more times. Williams remains under contract for the next three seasons at $11 million per year, so the Raiders hope he can shake off the injury before the 2020 campaign.
Dec 30, 2019 1:50 PM EST
Williams (foot) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday game against the Broncos after logging a limited practice Friday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams was added to the Raiders' Week 17 injury report after sitting out Thursday's practice, but his return to the field Friday sets the stage for him to suit up for the team's regular-season finale, a game that 7-8 Oakland needs to win in order to have any chance of making the playoffs. Williams -- hauled in all four of his targets for 82 yards in Week 16's win over the Chargers -- began the season on a TD roll, but he's been a hit or miss option since Week 9, while logging starters' snaps.
Dec 27, 2019 2:08 PM EST
Williams (foot) didn't practice Thursday.
Analysis: Williams wasn't listed on Wednesday's practice/injury report estimate, so the wideout's Thursday addition makes his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos worth monitoring. Williams, who brought in all four of his targets for 82 yards in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Chargers, heads into his team's regular-season finale with a 42/651/6 stat line through 13 contests.
Dec 26, 2019 2:42 PM EST
Williams hauled in all four of his targets for 82 yards in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Williams provided his usual big play ability, recording catches of 43, 20 and 13 yards to account for the majority of his production. His longest reception came in the first quarter on a slant pass across the middle that he subsequently turned upfield for a big play. Williams was outplayed by rookie Hunter Renfrow but managed to work efficiently and produce an effective stat-line for the second consecutive contest. He'll look to keep that stretch going in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Broncos.
Dec 22, 2019 5:21 PM EST
Williams caught two of three targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.
Analysis: A battle with plantar fasciitis seems to be the cause of his recent swoon, but Williams still supplied the Raiders' only TD of the day on a 40-yard strike from Derek Carr in the first quarter -- the receiver's first trip to the end zone since Week 8. Williams has seen six targets or less in eight straight games, making him a risky fantasy option, but he'll try to finish the season on a high note beginning next Sunday in Atlanta.
Dec 15, 2019 5:56 PM EST
Williams doesn't appear on the Raiders' Week 15 injury report, but offensive coordinator Greg Olson acknowledged Thursday that the receiver is still "battling" the plantar fasciitis that kept him sidelined for two games earlier this season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. "Plantar fasciitis, it's a pretty significant injury," Olson said. "He's taking medication before every game trying to manage the pain."
Analysis: Williams opened his tenure with the Raiders with a bang, scoring a touchdown in each of his first four games before the foot injury sidelined him for three weeks. He returned to action in Week 8 and kept his touchdown streak going, but he's been held out of the end zone in the six games that followed and has only topped 50 receiving yards on one occasion. Though Williams' case of plantar fasciiitis doesn't look like it'll threaten his availability for the remainder of the season, the injury may at least partially explain his diminished production of late. Even with a favorable matchup on tap Sunday against the Jaguars, Williams won't necessarily make for a must-start fantasy option.
Dec 13, 2019 9:59 AM EST
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