Denver Broncos should target Maxx Williams in free agency

Sayre Bedinger
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 13: Tight end Maxx Williams #87 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a catch in the fourth quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 13, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 13: Tight end Maxx Williams #87 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a catch in the fourth quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 13, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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The Denver Broncos need to keep an eye on free agent tight end Maxx Williams, a former second-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens are going to be moving on from tight end Maxx Williams in free agency in the next couple of weeks, and the Denver Broncos need to make sure they contact his agent.

Williams was a very intriguing early entrant in the 2015 NFL Draft after a short career at Minnesota where he exploded as a redshirt sophomore. He left after that season and ended up getting picked in the second round by the Ravens.

Since he was picked, Williams’ career hasn’t gone exactly as Baltimore had planned. They probably envisioned Williams continuing on with his one-handed catches, big plays downfield, and crazy hurdles over defenders.

In all honesty, they probably thought they would get out of Williams what the Chiefs have gotten out of Travis Kelce.

When you see Williams’ college highlights, it’s easy to see that same upside.

In four NFL seasons, Williams has just 63 catches for 497 yards and three touchdowns. Those aren’t exactly Kelce-like numbers.

He’s been slow to develop, but Williams has become a strong blocker and is ready to take the leap with another team in a bigger role. The Broncos just so happen to have an opening at tight end if Jeff Heuerman is not retained, and Williams could step in and potentially start right away for them.

As long as the Broncos are turning the clock back to 2014-15, hoping they can get out of Joe Flacco did when the Ravens had Gary Kubiak back then, perhaps they will also hold out hope they can get the best out of Williams, whose last big year of production was at Minnesota in 2014.

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Williams is one of many reclamation projects the Broncos could look into in free agency. He has a chance to really take the next step in his NFL career and is still young enough to turn into the player NFL teams thought he could be coming out of college.

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