26-Year-Old Safety – Cincinnati Bengals
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
After three years of grooming as a backup, Williams stepped into the starting Cincinnati safety role left open when Reggie Nelson headed to Oakland last year. Williams' final box score was nothing exc...
Shawn Williams Contract Information:
Signed a four-year extension with the Bengals in May of 2016. The deal runs through 2020.
Williams (back) recorded 49 tackles, three pass breakups, one interception and two fumble recoveries over 11 games in 2017.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Williams is the reason why Cincinnati was willing to let Reggie Nelson head to Oakland, and with the latter gone Williams should step into a three-down role. As an IDP, he's a blind swing for the fences. His exact fit isn't clear – Nelson was a centerfielder while Williams has always been known as a strong safety – and his production to this point has been lacking, with just 54 career tackles and two interceptions in three years. The ideal outcome would be George Iloka working as the centerfielder and Williams playing more of an in-the-box role.
Williams is athletic for a strong safety, especially in a straight line, but he is probably better suited to playing downhill than he is in the centerfield. He's on the IDP radar for sure, because Taylor Mays is weak competition at safety.