27-Year-Old Safety – Cincinnati Bengals
2018 Fantasy Football Outlook
Williams' 2017 season was marred by three different injuries, beginning with a dislocated elbow suffered in the preseason, followed by a hamstring injury and subsequent aggravation of that injury that...
Shawn Williams Contract Information:
Signed a four-year extension with the Bengals in May of 2016. The deal runs through 2020.
Williams (hamstring) returned to practice during last week's minicamp, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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 exceptional, but he did have 81 tackles and three interceptions on 912 defensive snaps in 15 games. He would ideally push for 1,000 snaps in a 16-game season this year, positioning him for a well-rounded stat line by season's end. The addition of rookie pass rushers Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson could afford Williams more opportunities in coverage.
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.