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Chad Williams | Colts WR

Date of Birth:  10/19/1994
Age:  27
Height  6'1"
Weight:   204
College:  Northern Illinois
Drafted:  2017 | Round 3 | Pick 98
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Chad Williams | Colts WR


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Chad Williams | Colts WR

The Colts have promoted Chad Williams to the active roster.

Indianapolis is extremely banged up at receiver, and Williams may not be the only move that's made if T.Y. Hilton (calf) remains out of the lineup. The former third-round pick of the Cardinals isn't a recommended fantasy option, but he's at least someone to keep an eye on in Frank Reich's offense. The Colts will take on the Buccaneers in Week 14.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

The Cardinals cut Chad Williams.

This is not surprising after the head coach change for the Cardinals and a bunch of new receivers added during the offseason. Williams was just a third-round pick in 2016, and he shouldn’t have much trouble landing with another squad.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams gets six touches in Week 17.

Williams caught five passes for 51 yards and had one carry for nine yards against the Seahawks. The second-year receiver was limited to ten games this season because of injury, catching 17 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown along with the one carry for nine yards. Williams is entering an important third season in 2019, and his role and roster spot are likely very much up in the air with a new coaching staff coming to Arizona. He has athletic ability but has been inconsistent thus far.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams catches one pass in Week 16 loss.

It went for seven yards. Williams had been out since October with an ankle injury, so at least he was able to get on the field again. However, a third-round pick just two years ago, Williams would do well to have a big game in the season finale to boost his stock heading into 2019.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams (ankle) is out for Week 10.

This will be Williams' first missed game of the season. The second-year receiver has 11 receptions through eight games, so he was off the fantasy radar in redraft leagues. Williams being out could mean J.J. Nelson gets more snaps for the Cardinals, but Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are the preferred fantasy options among the team's receivers.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams catches both targets against the Niners.

Williams gained 21 yards on his two receptions in the Cardinals' Week 8 win. The second-year receiver isn't a fantasy option at the moment.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams sees a team-high eight targets in 45-10 loss to Denver.

Williams caught four passes for 34 yards as he tied Larry Fitzgerald for the team-lead in looks. The second-year receiver isn't a recommended fantasy option on a bad offense with Josh Rosen at quarterback, but he will look to make an impact against San Francisco next week.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams held to one reception in loss to the Vikings.

Williams predictably struggled against Minnesota, catching just one-of-two targets for five yards. The second-year receiver isn't a recommended fantasy option heading into a TNF matchup with the Broncos.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams gets six targets in Week 5.

Williams' six targets were a team-high against the Niners, but he caught just two passes for 23 yards in the game. Arizona's pass-catchers are difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams scores first career touchdown in loss to the Seahawks.

It was a 22-yard score in the fourth quarter for his only reception of the game. Williams came back to the football to make a play unlike last week against the Bears, so at least that's something for Arizona to point to as a positive heading into a matchup with San Francisco next Sunday. The 2017 third-round pick isn't a recommended fantasy option.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams catches one pass in Week 3.

Williams gained eight yards on his lone reception. It was Williams' first catch of the season, as he's struggled to get much separation on predictable routes.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams doesn't catch a pass in Week 2.

It could be because the offensive line isn't giving enough time for receivers to get open, but Williams seems to be having some trouble getting separation. He's not a fantasy option right now.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams doesn't catch a pass in Week 1.

Williams and quarterback Sam Bradford couldn't connect against the Redskins. The good news is Williams is working as a starting receiver. However, he's not a recommended fantasy option at the moment.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams is listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on the Cardinals depth chart.

Things could change between now and Sunday, but for now, expect the second-year receiver to start the game opposite Larry Fitzgerald. All of Williams, J.J. Nelson, and rookie Christian Kirk should get plenty of playing time for Arizona, though. To open the season, Fitz is the only recommended fantasy option from the group in standard-sized leagues, but perhaps one of the other three guys will emerge as the clear No. 2.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams reportedly looked much improved this offseason.

Williams was drafted in the third round of last year's draft, but he had just three receptions for 31 yards in limited action for the Cardinals. This season, Mike Jurecki of the team's official website believes Williams will be in the mix for the No. 2 receiver role behind Larry Fitzgerald. Jurecki says Williams looked "much better. He looked confident, comfortable, and definitely improved his route running working with Chad Johnson in the offseason." Williams' pure athletic ability is part of why the Cardinals took him with a third-round select in the 2017 draft, so improvements in comfortability and route running after working with the crafty Chad Johnson is a really good sign. Former Cowboys receiver Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, and rookie Christian Kirk are also among those in the mix for the No. 2 spot behind Fitz.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams gets one touch in Week 14.

The rookie receiver had one carry that went for 33 yards. He's only a dynasty option at this point.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams held to one reception in Week 12.

It went for eight yards, and he also rushed once for no gain. The rookie is a dynasty hold, but he's unlikely to have fantasy value this season.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams catches only target in Week 3.

The rookie receiver was put in on a key third-down situation and caught an eight-yard pass for the first down. Williams is a dynasty league hold, but he's not a fantasy option right now.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams makes first-career catch in pro debut.

The third-round rookier receiver had one reception (two targets) for 15 yards. Even with John Brown (quad) out, Williams didn't get many opportunities. He's just a long-term add for now, and he's a strong dynasty league hold.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Rookie receiver Chad Williams is making his NFL debut today.

With John Brown (quad) inactive for the Cardinals, the third-round rookie is playing after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. He's a talented player that is a strong hold in dynasty leagues and worth keeping an eye on in re-draft leagues. Even in a good matchup against the Colts this week, Williams is a risky option in your fantasy lineup.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Chad Williams catches only one pass in preseason game against Chicago.

The rookie receiver was targeted four times, catching only one of them for 15 yards. He probably won't open the season higher than the fourth receiver on the depth chart and might not have much fantasy value in 2017. Though head coach Bruce Arians has been clear he wants people to step up in the receiver group, so Williams might be able to make a statement before the regulars season.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Rookie Chad Williams catches one pass in Hall of Fame Game.

Williams' reception was for 19 yards. The third-round pick out of Grambling State showed his ability with the ball in his hands on the reception. Williams is trying to work himself into a solid role this season.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin says the Cardinals hope rookie receiver Chad Williams can be the successor to Larry Fitzgerald.

Goodwin says eventually Fitzgerald will retire and they "talk about somebody that can carry the torch. This is the guys that everybody thinks can do that." Arizona has very lofty expectations for Goodwin, who has very good size and athleticism at receiver. He might not make a huge impact this season, but he has the potential to be a future star. The Cardinals have had some very good success in the draft, including All-Pro running back David Johnson a couple of years ago in the draft.

Chad Williams | Colts WR

The Arizona Cardinals select Grambling State receiver Chad Williams with the 98th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Williams caught 90 passes for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final season at Grambling State. Williams did have some off the field issues, when he was charged with firearm and marijuana possession last fall. Williams didn't get invited to the Combine, but he had a good Pro Day and the Cardinals liked him enough to take him in the third. Williams has a chance to be the fourth receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson this season, with the upside to be on of their top receivers in the future.