After watching the Dolphins pick up a 34-27 win in their first preseason game of the season vs Atlanta, it was hard to find a more impressive playmaker than WR Preston Williams.
Williams, an undrafted receiver from Colorado St, caught four passes for 97 yards in his debut. But it wasn’t just that stats that were impressive, it was the how he made the most difficult catches look easy.
On one play, he “Mossed” a DB at the goal line, made a brilliant toe tap on the sideline, came back for an underthrown ball to make a diving catch through contact, and made a one-handed grab all with Josh Rosen throwing him the football.
Rosen had a “good” not great day while working with the second-team. There were times where he would flash his mobility and showoff his pocket awareness to extend the play. But there were also head scratching moments like the INT the threw into the hands of Falcons LB Jermaine Grace, who was playing obvious zone coverage.
While the jury is still out on Rosen to start over Ryan Fitzpatrick in the season-opener vs Balimore, the case seems to be closing on Preston Williams to not only get more playing time, but start as well.
(I know, I know he’s only played in one preseason game)
There have been many reports throughout camp that Williams has been the best Dolphins receiver and he certainly looked like it on Thursday.
Williams caught 95 passes for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns at Colorado State in 2018 and has become a reliable target for his high school friend, Josh Rosen.
The Dolphins new gunslinger has had the utmost confidence in Williams and is not shy in feeding his new weapon.
“You have to know what you guys are good at. Preston can go get the ball … You gotta give him those opportunities.”
Preston plays even bigger than his 6’4 frame indicates. His route-running, consistent hands, and athletic footwork have really made his teammates notice since he’s stepped onto the practice field.
With DeVante Parker trying to avoid the “bust” label since being drafted in the first round in 2014, many feel that Williams is taking over his role as a starting receiver. Parker has faced many injuries throughout his career and his time could be limited with the Dolphins despite signing a new 2/yr $13Mil contract.
Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant are both coming off season-ending leg injuries.
Kenny Stills has most notably had his recent share of disagreements with Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross.
Allen Hurns and Brice Butler’s best playing days could be over and that was evident after Hurns fumble capped off an 8 play 75 yard drive vs 2nd and third stringers.
If Williams continues to make plays throughout the preseason, don’t be surprised if we see number 82 starting in a lineup near you.