#4: Preston Williams
I think we can all agree as Dolphins fans that the 2019 season was miserable. Especially early in the season when the Fins were getting blown out by 40 every game.
But if there was one glimmer of hope during the Dolphins’ infamous “tank season”, it was Preston Williams. I vividly remember reading tweets from Training Camp practices in 2019 that stated Preston Williams was carving up the defense almost every single day.
I kept note of those tweets but wanted to see it on the field first before I crowned Williams as the next Brandon Marshall.
And sure enough, Williams had an amazing NFL debut in his first-ever preseason game versus the Falcons. He caught 4 passes for 97 yards and displayed his ridiculous sideline body control.
After that game, I messaged a couple of my friends who like other teams and told them that Preston was gonna be a stud. I was truly impressed with what I saw and as the season started, Williams didn’t disappoint. In 7 games he caught 32 passes for 428 yards and 3 touchdowns.
If we extrapolate that over a 16-game season, Williams would’ve reeled in 73 passes for 978 yards, and 7 touchdowns, which would’ve been a fantastic rookie campaign.
But, like most things Miami Dolphins fans enjoy, it was ruined when Preston Williams tore his ACL returning a punt. He battled back for the start of the 2020 season and had a pair of really good games before Christian Wilkins jumped on his foot for a celebration and ended his season short once again.
We never heard many details about Williams’ foot injury because Brian Flores didn’t like talking about that stuff, but it seemed to be pretty severe as he made his season debut in Week 12. So it turned out to be over a year of recovery for Preston.
Despite all of the adversity he’s faced, the Miami Dolphins brought him back on a one-year deal and he will be given another opportunity to stay healthy and produce.