Update on Dolphins receiver Preston Williams’ knee injury
According to Adam H. Beasley and Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, Williams has started jogging and the Dolphins are hopeful that he will be ready for the season opener.
He is not yet taking part in any on-field sessions with teammates, and Beasley and Jackson note that Miami will likely be cautious with him throughout the recovery process.
It is not yet known if the Dolphins will allow Williams to participate in preseason games. The plan, however, is for him to sit atop the depth chart and be a starting receiver for the 2020 season.
Williams, who played his collegiate football at Colorado State, went undrafted in 2019 but landed with Miami as a free agent.
The 23-year-old was a pleasant surprise in the eight games he played during his rookie campaign, catching 32 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns and establishing himself as the team’s No. 2 outside receiver behind DeVante Parker.
Williams actually began his NCAA career at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Colorado State after 2016.
After amassing a grand total of 16 catches for 247 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two years at Tennessee, Williams broke out at Colorado State, hauling in 96 receptions for 1,345 yards and 14 scores during his junior season.
At 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, Williams has terrific size for the position and possesses decent speed.
The Dolphins were widely expected to be one of the worst clubs in NFL history going into 2019, and early on, they played the part well, losing their first seven games.
However, Miami recovered by winning five of their last nine contests to finish 5-11 on the year.