Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve

The Carolina Panthers placed cornerback Teddy Williams on injured reserve Friday morning with a left knee injury, effectively ending his season.


The former UTSA sprinter left practice on Thursday during warm-ups and was unable to return to the field.

“Teddy Williams came out to practice, we were getting warmed up and stuff like that and he kind of felt something,” said head coach Ron Rivera at the time. “And so he went in to see (the athletic trainer) and they examined him.”

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This injury comes at an especially unfortunate time for Williams, as he had just worked his way into the cornerback rotation and was coming off the best game of his career two weeks ago, when he recorded six tackles and his first NFL interception.

Williams had an up-and-down season prior to his breakout in Week 6, serving as the team’s workhorse on special teams in Week 1 before missing out on the active roster for the next three weeks.

His return in Week 5 was the first time he saw the field as a cornerback all year, but his most memorable moment came when he ran into punt returner Ted Ginn Jr., causing him to muff the punt and lose the ball to Tampa Bay.

After appearing in 16 games for Carolina last year on their way to Super Bowl 50, Williams will end the 2016 campaign having played in just three games, recording a total of six tackles, two pass deflections and one interception returned for 19 yards.

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 7

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

Coming off the Vikings’ bye week, David Morgan II returned from a knee injury in Minnesota’s 21-10 loss to Philadelphia, the team’s first loss of the year.

Unfortunately for Morgan, fellow blocking tight end Rhett Ellison also returned from injury this week and ate up all of the two-TE offensive snaps. Morgan finished the game with just five snaps, all on special teams.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                      Off.     ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  72 95%   2  9%
Rhett Ellison    TE  13 17%   8 35%
David Morgan     TE   0  0%   5 22%

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TEDDY WILLIAMS

CB/ST – Carolina Panthers – UTSA (Track) ’06-’10

The Panthers were on their bye in Week 7 and there are reports that a few cornerbacks may be returning from injury soon, including second-round draft pick James Bradberry, which could eat into Williams’ newfound playing time.

ROADRUNNERS ON PRACTICE SQUADS

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers

NFL WEEK 8 MATCHUPS

  • Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams) – Noon – FOX
  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Chicago Bears – Mon, 7:30 – ESPN

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 6

Brian Price

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

After being inactive for last week’s game, Price was released by the Packers on Saturday, but cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad on Monday.

He joins Ashaad Mabry (New Orleans Saints) as the only UTSA alumni on NFL practice squads.

David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

UTSA’s first ever draft pick had a chance to spend the weekend back in his hometown of Marble Falls, Texas during the Vikings bye week, and it looks like we may see him back on the field sooner than most of us expected.

After missing the previous two games with a knee injury, Morgan is a welcome omission from this week’s injury report. Also back healthy is Morgan’s main competition for playing time, fellow tight end Rhett Ellison, while MyCole Pruitt remains sidelined with a leg injury.

Teddy Williams

CB/ST – Carolina Panthers – UTSA (Track) ’06-’10

Teddy Williams worked his way into the cornerback rotation for Carolina last week and started this week’s game against New Orleans as the team’s #3 corner, behind rookies Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez. In the second half, Williams would replace Worley, who had to leave the game with a concussion.

Drew Brees and the Saints had their way with the inexperienced secondary on Sunday, going 34-of-49 for 465 yards and four touchdowns. But Williams made UTSA history in the process with his first career interception, and a career-high six tackles.

Williams, once again, saw action in a team-high 30 snaps (81%) on special teams, while putting in a career-high 41 snaps (56%) on defense.

The Panthers will have an extra week to figure out what to do about their secondary issues with a Week 7 bye, but hopefully Teddy Williams has shown enough to cement a spot in the cornerback rotation.

Carolina Panthers Defensive Snap Chart

                        Def.      ST
Player            Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Tre Boston         FS  73 100%  23 62%
Thomas Davis       LB  73 100%   8 22%
Luke Kuechly       LB  73 100%   8 22%
Kurt Coleman       SS  73 100%   8 22%
Shaq Thompson      LB  72  99%  11 30%
Kawann Short       DT  57  78%   8 22%
Daryl Worley       CB  51  70%  10 27%
Charles Johnson    DE  51  70%   0  0%
Zack Sanchez       CB  51  70%   0  0%
Kony Ealy          DE  50  68%   8 22%
Teddy Williams     CB  41  56%  30 81%
Star Lotulelei     DT  39  53%   8 22%
Mario Addison      DE  29  40%  17 46%
Kyle Love          DT  25  34%   0  0%
Wes Horton         DE  22  30%   0  0%
Lavar Edwards      DE  21  29%   0  0%
A.J. Klein         LB   1   1%  24 65%
Lou Young          CB   1   1%   8 22%

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Potential Week 7 Matchups

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Philadelphia Eagles – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 5

Brian Price

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Two weeks after making his NFL debut, Brian Price’s Green Bay Packers were back in action this week off a bye, but Price was named inactive ahead of their game against the New York Giants. With teammate Mike Pennell returning from suspension next week, it looks like Price may be headed back to the practice squad.

In case you missed it, Brian Price became the first UTSA alum to be included in Jimmy Fallon’s NFL Superlatives last week. Check out the full clip here.

David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan remained out with a knee injury for the second week in a row, but with the Vikings bye week upcoming he is likely to return in time for their next game. Talking with the media this week, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said that “Morgan carved out a role as kind of a blocking tight end” prior to his injury.

Fellow tight ends Rhett Ellison and MyCole Pruitt have also missed time due to injuries, so the first to get healthy will likely have the upper hand in the competition for TE2 behind Kyle Rudolph.

Teddy Williams

CB/ST – Carolina Panthers – UTSA (Track) ’06-’10

After three weeks on the inactive list, Teddy Williams made the active roster this week following a shakeup of Carolina’s secondary that saw them cut starting cornerback Bene Benwikere.

Williams did get himself on the stat sheet with a third down pass deflection early in the second quarter, but he will be remembered more for the play that followed as he ran into punt returner Ted Ginn, Jr. causing him to drop the ball and give possession right back to Tampa Bay.

With the loss to the Buccaneers, Carolina falls to 1-4 just one season removed from their Super Bowl appearance.

As usual, Williams saw most of his action on special teams snaps, with a team-high 22 (88%), while making 10 appearances at cornerback (14%).

Carolina Panthers Defensive Snap Chart

                        Def.      ST
Player            Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Daryl Worley       CB  73 100%  10 40%
Kurt Coleman       SS  73 100%   8 32%
Robert McClain     CB  73 100%   5 20%
Luke Kuechly       LB  73 100%   5 20%
Kony Ealy          DE  52  71%   5 20%
Kawann Short       DT  51  70%   5 20%
Shaq Thompson      LB  50  68%  15 60%
Star Lotulelei     DT  43  59%   5 20%
Michael Griffin    FS  42  58%   5 20%
Charles Johnson    DE  42  58%   0  0%
A.J. Klein         LB  37  51%  17 68%
Thomas Davis       LB  36  49%   5 20%
Tre Boston         FS  31  42%  12 48%
Lavar Edwards      DE  30  41%   0  0%
Kyle Love          DT  29  40%   0  0%
Mario Addison      DE  28  38%  13 52%
Paul Soliai        DT  16  22%   0  0%
Zack Sanchez       CB  14  19%   0  0%
Teddy Williams     CB  10  14%  22 88%

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POTENTIAL WEEK 6 MATCHUPS

  • Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams) @ New Orleans Saints – Noon – FOX
  • Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers (Brian Price) – 3:25pm – FOX