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Former Ravens TE Maxx Williams signs with the Arizona Cardinals

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Maxx joins Suggs in Arizona

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens traded up with the Arizona Cardinals to select TE Maxx Williams.

The Cardinals traded down three spots, from 55 to 58, and received an extra fifth-round selection (pick 158) as the Ravens jumped the then-St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers to select Williams. Now, four years later, the Cardinals are signing Williams.

Williams’ time in Baltimore was up-and-down. He supplied great blocking and produced decent numbers during his rookie season, but in 2016 he suffered and dealt with a knee injury which eventually turned into a first-of-its-kind surgery.

Williams never became the great talent many expected but I don’t believe you can fault him for the inconsistencies within the offense. The run-heavy attack coupled with checkdowns on drag routes with QB Joe Flacco was never a recipe for success or impressive figures. That being said, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft QB Kyler Murray may be a better scheme fit for Williams as he’s still an above average blocking tight end with great hands and athletic play. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Maxx’s totals surpass his career marks set in his rookie season.

Maxx Williams stats [Pro Football Reference]

  • 2015: 14 games | 7 starts | 32 receptions | 268 yards | 1 TD
  • 2017: 11 games | 8 starts | 15 receptions | 86 yatrds | 1 TD
  • 2018: 13 games | 6 starts | 16 receptions | 143 yards | 1 TD