Tyrell Williams
Tyrell Williams
29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
Questionable
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 9/26/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Two years removed from signing a four-year, $44 million contract with the Raiders and one year removed from season-ending shoulder surgery, Williams is healthy and playing on a one-year "prove-it" deal in Detroit. While his last attempt to become the No. 1 wide receiver of a middling offense with a non-top-tier quarterback doesn't spark confidence in his ability to operate in that capacity - he had less than 50 receiving yards in 10 of 14 games with the Raiders in 2019 - the 29-year-old was efficient with his opportunities (10.2 YPT) and made 12 catches of 20-plus yards. With the Lions, Williams is reunited with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who helped him average 16.4 YPC on 134 targets in 2017-18. With nothing more than Kalif Raymond and second-year holdover Quintez Cephus in contention for snaps on the outside, Williams could bounce back if the chips fall right. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Lions in March of 2021.
Ruled out Monday
WRDetroit Lions
Concussion
September 18, 2021
Williams (concussion) has been ruled out ahead of Monday's contest against the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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The veteran wideout had just two receptions for 14 yards before leaving Week 1 with a concussion. Williams hasn't been able to practice all week so the designation isn't surprising, but it's telling the team hadn't even went through Saturday's practice before making the announcement. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Quintez Cephus and Kalif Raymond should see a healthy bump in playing time heading into Monday's contest.
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  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
12.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.31
 
% Team Air Yards
2.1%
 
% Team Targets
3.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
4.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
33.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.0
 
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Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
99.7
 
Cornerbacks
75.3
 
Safeties
110.4
 
Linebackers
146.5
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Quietly one of the most efficient receivers in the league the last few years, Williams kept pace during his first season with the Raiders - 15.5 YPC, 10.2 YPT - despite battling plantar fasciitis. He also scored six times and had four catches of 40-plus yards in only 14 games. At 6-4, 205, Williams is tall, lanky and unusually fast for his height - he ran a 4.42 40 at his pro day in 2015. He'll serve as the one of the Raiders' outside playmakers opposite 12th overall pick Henry Ruggs, with Hunter Renfrow then lining up in the slot and tight end Darren Waller also seeing a lot of Derek Carr's targets. In February, coach Jon Gruden said Williams was approaching 100 percent health, and given that the guarantee on his $11 million base salary has already vested, he's a safe bet to be part of the team's plans.
Williams finally got out of target hog Keenan Allen's shadow only to land in an even bigger one, Antonio Brown's. The news isn't all bad, though. The Raiders have far less depth on offense than the Chargers, and Williams is easily the No. 2 option in the team's passing game, with only diminutive speedster J.J. Nelson and pedestrian journeyman Ryan Grant offering any depth and no tight ends of which to speak. At 6-4, 205, Williams is tall, lanky and unusually fast (4.42 40) for a receiver his height. He's averaged more than 10 yards per target the last two seasons and hauled in four catches of 40-plus yards on only 65 targets a year ago, i.e., he's been a big-play weapon throughout his career. Williams was rarely used by the Chargers in the red zone, but he's easily the tallest viable option the Raiders have and should see more looks from in close this year. Derek Carr is hardly Dan Marino, but he'll have plenty of attempts in a Jon Gruden offense, so there will be enough targets to go around even after Brown has taken the lion's share.
Williams broke out in 2016 with 1,059 yards, seven TDs and six catches of 40-plus yards, but the Chargers, despite getting a healthy Keenan Allen back, drafted Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick last year. Allen had a big year, but a back injury derailed the younger Williams, and Tyrell Williams got chances, albeit fewer of them, and arguably performed even better. He upped his per-play numbers to 16.9 YPC and 10.6 YPT, and managed three 40-yard catches on only 69 looks. At 6-4, 205, and with 4.43 speed, Williams is just as tall and much faster than last year's first-round pick, but it's likely the Chargers will do whatever they can to get a return on such a large draft-day investment. That would make Tyrell Williams the team's No. 3, and that's not counting Travis Benjamin (67 targets), who could be cut.
Taking advantage of Keenan Allen's season-ending injury, Williams broke out in Year 2, cracking 1,000 yards with high efficiency (15.3 YPC, 5th) and (8.9 YPT, 11th). At 6-4, 205 and with 4.43 40 speed, Williams has the specs of a prototypical No. 1 WR. Despite seeing double-digit targets in only three games, he had 20 catches of 20-plus yards (T-5th) and six catches of 40-plus (T-1st). Williams also saw 16 red-zone targets, but converted only two. The bad news is not only does Allen return but the Chargers used the No. 7 overall pick on 6-4, 218-pound WR Mike Williams. While Tyrell Williams is the incumbent that's earned QB Philip Rivers' trust, it's rare for a team to draft a rookie that high and not get him involved. In short, Williams has the skills to be the Chargers' top dog again, but he'll have more competition for targets in Year 3.
Williams, a practice squad member for the majority of the 2015 season, made his NFL debut in the last week of the season and recorded two catches for 90 yards, one of which was a touchdown. One of the taller receivers currently on the depth chart, Williams has always had the ability to win the ball at its highest point, but lacked the necessary route running skills to become an effective receiver. Now in his second season, Williams has shown a refined route running technique, and has earned a bit of a repertoire with Philip Rivers throughout training camp. With Stevie Johnson (knee) sidelined for the year, Williams should see additional looks at wide receiver and could be a player to target in deep leagues.
The undrafted rookie joins a very crowded and talented group of wide receivers in San Diego. Williams will battle for playing time in training camp, but he is a long-shot to make the team.
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Still not practicing
WRDetroit Lions
Concussion
September 17, 2021
Williams (concussion) remained absent from practice Friday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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Absent for another practice
WRDetroit Lions
Concussion
September 16, 2021
Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Williams (concussion) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
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In concussion protocol
WRDetroit Lions
Concussion
September 13, 2021
Williams was placed in concussion protocol after taking a hard hit in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, Eric Woodyard of ESPN reports.
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Exits game after hard hit
WRDetroit Lions
Undisclosed
September 13, 2021
Williams (undisclosed) caught two of three targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 41-33 loss to San Francisco.
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Not on injury report
WRDetroit Lions
September 8, 2021
Williams (groin) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report ahead of the Lions' season opener Sunday against the 49ers.
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