No Caddy -- for now
Jon Gruden said this morning the team does not plan to insert RB Cadillac Williams in full-squad practices this week, although he is eligible to practice this week based on the guidelines of the Physically Unable to Perform List.
Williams can be evaluated in practice during a three-week period, after which the Bucs must decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve. They have until Week 9 to begin practicing with Williams, and the three-week evaluation period does not start until that point.
"We're going to keep looking at him," Gruden said. "He's getting better and better and better. We're going to continue to work with him privately. . . It won't be this week that he's activated."
The fact that the team is choosing not to have Williams practice at this point is an indication it perhaps isn't seriously considering activating him now that he is a year removed from tearing his patellar tendon. But don't expect the Bucs to announce a final decision on this matter. The evaluation window allows them to maximize this opportunity and keep Williams on standby in the event one of the team's backs is injured.
Based on the rules of PUP, Williams could potentially be activated as late as 12 weeks into the season.