Can someone, anyone, please explain to me the struggles of Maxx Williams?
The Ravens made a push for the former Minnesota Golden Gopher in the second round of the 2015 draft and the results so far have not justified that push at all.
In this day and age of the NFL, second-round draft picks are expected to have an immediate impact and especially to build on the progress of their rookie season.
After positing 32 receptions (42 targets) for 268 yards and a touchdown in 14 games during his rookie campaign, Williams’ struggles have reared their ugly head just four games into the new season.
Per pro-football-reference.com, Williams has yet to see a single target from Joe Flacco in the four games he’s seen action in, as his lone contributions have been on special teams.
Williams’ performance is certainly not what you would expect out of a coveted second-round draft pick who was thought by many to be the best at his position coming out of college.
As the Ravens head into Week 5 against the Washington Redskins, Williams is once again dealing with a nagging knee issue.
“To be determined,” stated John Harbaugh regarding Maxx’s condition. “It’s the same thing he’s had. It’s a cartilage issue that he has in there. It’s not something that can be fixed until it’s fixed.
“It’s just something he has to play with and play through. The doctors have to tell us what the best course of action is going forward. He can still play. Is it the best thing for him and all of that? We’ll have to figure that out.”
With Darren Waller‘s return on the horizon, Williams’ latest health woes could be the proverbial nail in the coffin, at least for this season.
Much like Williams, Waller has the size to provide Flacco with big target in the red zone, but Waller’s ability to gain separation is key. It’s something Williams simply hasn’t shown in a year and a quarter. Waller is also more than capable special teams player as well.
The Ravens are expected to activate Waller – it really isn’t a matter of if, but when.
“We will see,” stated Harbaugh when asked about Darren. “We will see how that plays out. You don’t have to for a week, I think, is the rule.
“We will just have to see where we go with that and what we are able to do.”
Waller was back out on the practice field on Wednesday and practiced fully.
We could very well see more Waller and less Williams moving forward. What that says for each player’s more distant future is, like Maxx’s immediate status, “to be determined.”
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