|Chance of Injury in 2021:||66%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||6.5%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||1.9|
-- Williams signed a 4-year deal last offseason, whose guaranteed money ends this season.
-- He came down with plantar fasciitis in Week 2.
-- The Raiders drafted outside WRs in Round 1 and Round 3.
-- Williams ranks 11th among WRs in yards per target since the start of 2016.
A year ago, Williams faced attractive opportunity. After spending the previous 3 seasons averaging 15.9 yards per catch and scoring on 10.5% of his receptions for the Chargers, he signed a 4-year, $44.3 million free-agent deal with the Raiders. At the time, it was Antonio Brown, Williams and basically nothing else proven in the Oakland offense. (And then Brown … well … you know.)
Williams started out well, scoring TDs in each of his first 4 games. But then we learned he had come down with plantar fasciitis in Week 2. The injury cost Williams the next 2 games and stuck with him the rest of the year. His target share, catch rate and average depth of target declined after his return.
Williams should be over that issue for the start of 2020 training camp. Since the start of 2016, Williams ranks 11th in yards per target among all wideouts with 40+ targets.
Vegas spent its 1st pick of the draft on Henry Ruggs, making him the 1st receiver off the board. Almost solely an outside receiver at Alabama, Ruggs seems a good bet to start at 1 edge spot right away -- unless he has a disappointing summer.
Third-round pick Bryan Edwards might be the more direct competition for Williams. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah called him “that X receiver to compete with Tyrell Williams” vs. Ruggs as the Z receiver (other edge).
To that end, Williams might be in luck. Edwards suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot during his prep for the Combine. That injury won’t necessarily keep him from being ready for the season, but it can often lead to recurrences or compensatory issues.
|Aug 24, 2020||NFL||Shoulder Labrum Tear||Williams sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder during Raiders' training camp. He was later placed on IR ending his season|
|Oct 2, 2019||NFL||Pedal Foot Plantar Fasciitis Grade 1||Williams battled with plantar fasciitis ahead of the Week 5 game. He missed two games|
|Aug 21, 2018||NFL||Pedal Foot||Williams missed about 2 weeks of training camp with a foot injury but was ready for Week 1.|
|Aug 25, 2014||Non-NFL||Shoulder Labrum Tear||Williams played his final college season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder that eventually required surgery.|