Damien Williams

Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #26
Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #26
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Damien Williams News

With compete for touches

Williams will compete with Tyson Allgeier and Qadree Ollison for touches after the release of Mike Davis, Josh Kendall of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons this offseason after serving as a backup in Chicago last year. Cordarrelle Patterson will likely lead the backfield once again, but the release of Davis and the acquisitions of Allgeier and Williams changes the rest of Atlanta's running back depth chart. With Marcus Mariota at the helm, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Falcons feature a heavy dose of the run, so all four backs may get opportunities throughout the season, though Patterson certainly boasts the highest fantasy upside going into training camp.

May 2, 2022 10:03 AM EST

Going to the ATL

The Falcons and Williams agreed to terms on a one-year contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Aside from opting out in 2020, Williams has earned work in each of the seven pro campaigns that he's been on a roster. Most recently, he turned 56 touches into 267 yards from scrimmage and three total TDs in 12 games with the Bears last year. He'll join a backfield led by Mike Davis (ribs) -- at least for the time being -- meaning Williams is poised to have some type of role out of Atlanta's backfield this season.

Mar 17, 2022 3:15 PM EST

Scores fourth touchdown of 2022

Williams caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 40 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns while adding 19 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: After starting the season seeing work as a change-of-pace option to David Montgomery, Williams was passed on the depth chart by Khalil Herbert, and from Week 7 on, he saw very limited action. Although he technically has a low-salary contract in 2022, it's a void year, and the Bears would owe him nothing if they move on. Unless his situation improves dramatically, he'll be a depth option for fantasy managers.

Jan 9, 2022 4:59 PM EST

Blanked in victory

Williams failed to catch his lone target in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams hasn't received more than three touches in a game since Week 7, and he won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 2, 2022 6:43 PM EST

Minor role in win

Williams rushed once for 12 yards along with a two-yard reception in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: With David Montgomery carrying the load with 21 carries and nine targets, Williams shared the few leftover touches with Khalil Herbert. It's unlikely Williams sees an increase in work in Week 17 against the Giants, making him tough to trust in fantasy lineups.

Dec 26, 2021 5:13 PM EST

Limited work in backup role

Williams rushed twice for 13 yards while catching his only target for four yards in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: In his return from a calf injury, Williams took over the backup role from Khalil Herbert, though it only resulted in three touches. With David Montgomery entrenched in a work-horse role, it's unlikely Williams earns a significant number of touches in the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 13, 2021 3:49 AM EST

Making return in Week 14

Williams (calf) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: A full practice Friday has earned Williams clearance to return to game action for the first time since Week 8. He'll compete with rookie Khalil Herbert for the limited touches left behind workhorse David Montgomery, who was also cleared Friday after battling shoulder, groin and glute injuries during the week.

Dec 10, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Still limited at practice

Williams (calf) was able to log another limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: The 29-year-old practiced for the second day in a row, raising his chances to play in Week 14 against the Packers. Williams has been inactive since Week 8 and if he's able to go Sunday, he will likely operate as the team's third option at running back behind David Montgomery (shoulder) and Khalil Herbert.

Dec 9, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Limited participant in practice

Williams (calf) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: This is a positive sign for Williams who has not played since Week 8 while dealing with different lower leg issues, though his status will be worth monitoring throughout practice this week. If available for this Sunday's matchup against the Packers, Williams should likely operate as the team's third option at running back behind David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert.

Dec 8, 2021 3:05 PM EST

Ruled out against Arizona

Williams (calf) won't play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Williams hasn't seen the field since Week 8. Khalil Herbert will continue to back up David Montgomery against Arizona, with Ryan Nall on hand for additional depth. A Week 14 trip to Green Bay will provide Williams' next opportunity to make his return.

Dec 3, 2021 12:25 PM EST

Still absent Thursday

Williams (calf) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Williams has been unable to play since Week 8 while dealing with the calf injury and appears unlikely to be active for the Bears' Week 13 contest versus the Cardinals. Khalil Herbert will continue to operate as the top backup option behind David Montgomery in the Chicago backfield.

Dec 2, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Remains unable to practice

Williams (calf) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: On the bright side, Williams is now listed with only a calf injury after previously having a knee injury in addition to this one. He'll look to end a three-game absence Sunday against Arizona, but Williams will likely need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a chance of doing so.

Dec 1, 2021 5:21 PM EST

Won't play Thursday

Williams (calf) has been ruled out for the Bears' game against the Lions on Thursday.

Analysis: Williams has been unable to practice all week and will miss his third straight game. The loss of the seven-year pro has been cushioned by the return of David Montgomery (knee) from IR in Week 11, who stepped right back into a bell cow role, playing 95 percent of the snaps. Behind Montgomery the Bears still have sixth-round rookie Khalil Herbert, who has had to play a significant role in the run game multiple times this season. Williams will try to return in Week 13 against the Cardinals.

Nov 24, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Still out for Thursday's practice

Williams (calf/knee) was out again for Tuesday's walkthrough.

Analysis: Williams was estimated as a non-participant at Tuesday's walkthrough, his second straight DNP to open the week. With the Bears playing the Lions on Thursday, it seems unlikely that he will be able to play. David Montgomery will handle the lead back role while Khalil Herbert will likely operate as the primary backup in Week 12.

Nov 23, 2021 3:54 PM EST

Sits out Monday

Williams (calf/knee) was a non-participant at Monday's walkthrough.

Analysis: Williams was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Ravens, his second consecutive absence, and he was unable to take the field one day later. The 29-year-old will need to make some progress in his recovery over the next couple days to have a chance of suiting up Thursday at Detroit.

Nov 22, 2021 2:44 PM EST

Won't suit up Sunday

Williams (calf/knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Analysis: After putting in a pair of full practices to close out Week 11 prep, Williams looked to have moved past his left knee injury, but a newer calf concern looks to be at the root of why the Bears downgraded him to doubtful Saturday. With Williams sidelined for the third time in the Bears' last five games, Khalil Herbert will operate as the clear No. 2 option out of the backfield behind starter David Montgomery.

Nov 21, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Now doubtful for Sunday

The Bears downgraded Williams to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens due to a calf injury, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Williams injured his left knee Week 8 against the 49ers and missed the Bears' last game on Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh. Following Chicago's Week 10 bye, he returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but he upgraded to full Thursday and remained as such to cap Week 11 prep. With his downgrade Saturday, Williams appears as if he'll be among the Bears' inactives when the list is released about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. In the event that happens, Khalil Herbert and Ryan Nall will be the RB options behind starter David Montgomery.

Nov 20, 2021 10:02 PM EST

Back to full practice

Williams (knee) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: After taking a seat in the Bears' last contest Week 9 at Pittsburgh as he tended to a knee injury, Williams came out of the team's bye week with practice limitations Wednesday. However, they vanished one day later, clearing him for game action Sunday versus the Ravens. With David Montgomery back in the fold against the Steelers and Khalil Herbert also on the case, Williams' eventual snap and touch counts remain up in the air.

Nov 18, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Gets back on practice field

Williams (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Williams sat out Week 6 as he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and he also missed Chicago's last game Week 9 in Pittsburgh due to a knee injury. The latter continues to impact his reps, but considering he didn't practice at all before his last absence, he appears to be getting healthier. Williams has two more chances to bump up to full before the Bears likely hand him a designation for Sunday's contest versus the Ravens.

Nov 17, 2021 2:45 PM EST

Out against Pittsburgh

Williams (knee) will not play Monday against the Steelers.

Analysis: Williams failed to practice all week which will culminate in his second missed game over the last four weeks. Rookie Khalil Herbert had already surpassed Williams as the clear-cut starter over the past two weeks, but the possible return of David Montgomery (knee) from injured reserve could complicate the backfield situation somewhat. More information regarding Montgomery's situation, and by default Herbert's, should arrive sometime in the afternoon Sunday.

Nov 6, 2021 11:51 AM EST

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