Shawn Williams
Shawn Williams
29-Year-Old SafetyS
Cincinnati Bengals
Questionable
Injury Calf
Fri Practice: Limited
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps propelled in part by an uptick in linebacker reps, Williams logged a career high in snaps last year (1,024) and reached a career-high 114 tackles as a result. So long as he's playing snap counts like that, Williams should remain a valuable defensive back IDP with top-12 upside in the category. It's not clear whether the Bengals intend to reduce his reps any. They seemed to use plenty of amorphous concepts last year and might continue to use Williams at linebacker, but the signing of Vonn Bell in free agency and the addition of three linebackers in the draft make things a bit more crowded than they were a year ago. Williams also is in the final year of his contract, so there's a slight risk that institutional incentive might be working against him. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $20.19 million contract with the Bengals in May of 2016.
Officially questionable for Week 3
SCincinnati Bengals
Calf
September 25, 2020
Williams (calf) is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus the Eagles.
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Coach Zac Taylor said Williams would be ready to make his season debut Sunday, but the team's injury report casts some doubt on his status. However, it does appear the 29-year-old safety is trending in the right direction, and if he indeed suits up, expect to see him line up on special teams with a rotational role on defense Sunday.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Shawn Williams' measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
212 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.46 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
25 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Williams is probably a sell-high in dynasty leagues after his tackle and interception production in 2018 wildly outpaced his prior career rates, but he should still pose DB2 utility even if he sees major regression in 2019. Based on his pre-2018 production, Williams projects for a 90-tackle pace, and his limitations in coverage actually proved helpful for his IDP production since quarterbacks kept sending tackle and interception opportunities his way. Williams could get replaced due to his coverage issues in the long term, but Cincinnati seems dependent on him for this season at least.
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 forced him out of four games, and capped off by a back injury in the season finale against Baltimore. The Bengals' starting strong safety thus was limited to 49 tackles after tallying 81 tackles the previous year. When healthy, Williams is capable of proving 75-to-85 tackles and 3-to-5 interceptions.
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.
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Will play in Week 3
SCincinnati Bengals
September 25, 2020
Williams (calf) will make his season debut Sunday in Philadelphia, per coach Zac Taylor, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
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Back at practice
SCincinnati Bengals
Calf
September 21, 2020
Williams (calf) returned to practice Monday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Won't play Thursday
SCincinnati Bengals
Calf
September 16, 2020
Williams (calf) is ruled out for Thursday's game in Cleveland, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
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DNP to start week
SCincinnati Bengals
Calf
September 14, 2020
Williams (calf) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
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Unavailable for season opener
SCincinnati Bengals
Calf
September 11, 2020
Williams (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
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