Darrel Williams

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #0
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #0
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Staying in KC

Williams signed a one-year contract worth up to $2.13 million to remain with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope of the Belleville News-Democrat report.

Analysis: The contract includes $930,000 in guaranteed money. Williams took on a larger role in the playoffs last season with injuries bothering Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but Edwards-Helaire and Damien Williams -- who's expected to return after sitting out last season -- are both safe bets to open above Darrel on the depth chart.

Mar 16, 2021 11:05 AM EST

Season-high target count in Super Bowl LV

Williams compiled two rushes for five yards and a pair of receptions on seven targets in Super Bowl LV versus the Buccaneers.

Analysis: It was a rough night all around for the Chiefs' passing attack and Williams was no exception to the rule. On a positive note, Williams turned in a season-high target count in the biggest game of the year, though a lot of the designed screens were read well by the Tampa Bay defense and resulted in grounded balls. The 25-year-old back enters the offseason as a restricted free agent, so the Chiefs will have the final say on whether or not he's in a Kansas City uniform next season.

Feb 8, 2021 10:26 AM EST

Remains top backfield option

Williams ran the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown while securing his only target for nine yards during Sunday's 38-24 AFC Championship Game win against Buffalo.

Analysis: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) was healthy enough to suit up for his first game appearance since Week 15, and he remained active throughout Sunday's playoff tilt. Williams paced the backfield in carries and rushing yards for a second straight outing, however, helping provide Kansas City its second straight Super Bowl berth by way of his second-quarter TD run. Williams and the Chiefs' running back committee will have to contend with Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense, which held opponents to 82.2 yards per game during the regular season while containing Green Bay to just 67 rushing yards in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Jan 24, 2021 7:57 PM EST

Workhorse sans Edwards-Helaire

Williams rushed 13 times for 78 yards and caught all four of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round.

Analysis: Williams worked as the lead back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) inactive, as Le'Veon Bell had just two carries and two targets. The third-year pro out of LSU made a pair of pivotal second-half plays, taking a toss 12 yards on 4th-and-1 to set up a third-quarter field goal and later gaining five yards on a 3rd-and-4 swing pass to help the Chiefs run out the clock in the fourth. Even if Edwards-Helaire returns for next week's AFC Championship game against the Bills, Williams has likely earned himself a substantial role in Kansas City's backfield for that game.

Jan 17, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Production plateaus in 2020

Williams finished the 2020 regular season with 39 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown while hauling in 18 of his 26 targets for another 116 yards.

Analysis: Williams saw a major bump in his action from 2018 to 2019, but that upward trend flattened out in his third professional campaign. Williams did manage to haul in a career-best 18 passes and averaged a career-high 4.3 yards per carry this season, so there's a good chance he will be on an NFL roster somewhere come 2021. As a restricted free agent heading into the offseason the Chiefs would have to match other teams' offers to retain his services.

Jan 8, 2021 4:11 PM EST

Paces team with 10 carries

Williams collected 46 yards on 10 carries, securing four of six targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 17-14 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: Williams' workload exceeded that of Le'Veon Bell (seven carries, one catch) with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) inactive for the Week 16 matchup. This was a surprising development after Bell garnered a team-high 15 rush attempts last Sunday in a win over New Orleans. Williams not only delivered a 4.6 yards-per-carry average on the ground, but he also tied Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman for second on the team in targets. With Edwards-Helaire expected to sit Kansas City's regular-season finale against the Chargers, Williams' workload will depend on whether coach Andy Reid wants to preserve the 25-year-old for a home game in the AFC divisional round.

Dec 27, 2020 4:16 PM EST

Three totes versus Saints

Williams carried the rock just three times for five yards during Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Analysis: Williams could be in line for a slightly heightened role over the last pair of weeks with Clyde Edwards-Helaire expected to miss out due to a high-ankle sprain. Le'Veon Bell should be set to handle most of the work, but Williams now slots in as the primary backup, which should carry an increased role as well. It's worth noting that even when Edwards-Helaire missed Week 13 versus the Broncos, Williams managed just six carries for 38 yards and a catch for another five, so there may not be a ton of fantasy upside on his end.

Dec 22, 2020 9:01 AM EST

Held without touch in Week 14

Williams didn't receive a touch on five offensive snaps (eight percent) in Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Williams resumed his role as the team's third back Sunday with Clyde Edwards-Helaire back from an illness that kept him from taking the field a week ago. Barring another absence from the rookie back, it's unlikely Williams' role will expand much beyond what we saw from him Sunday, though he typically receives a few touches.

Dec 15, 2020 8:35 AM EST

Effective in expanded role

Williams rushed six times for a season-high 38 yards and reeled in one of his two targets for another five Sunday versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Williams logged a season-high 31 offensive snaps (48 percent) thanks to Clyde Edwards-Helaire being withheld from the contest due to a bug despite being listed as active. Le'Veon Bell took the other 52 percent of the offensive snaps, producing a similar stat line to Williams. It's at least an encouraging sign for Williams that his role expanded greatly with Edwards-Helaire on the sidelines, but the rookie should be back in the mix next week, shaving off a lot of Wiliams' work.

Dec 8, 2020 8:26 AM EST

No offensive touches versus Bucs

Williams didn't get his hands on the ball during Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers.

Analysis: After playing 20 snaps last week versus the Raiders, Williams took the field for just eight offensive reps Sunday. That left minimal time for him to make an impression on the scorebook and he was ultimately unable to do so. It's unlikely his role will expand a ton barring both Clyde-Edwards Helaire and Le'Veon Bell missing time.

Dec 1, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Nabs three passes

Williams hauled in all three of his targets for 22 yards Sunday versus the Raiders.

Analysis: Williams actually worked his way into an even timeshare of 20 snaps with Le'Veon Bell in the backup role Sunday, surpassing his snap count in any of the last three weeks. Bell still out-touched him eight to three, but the fact that Williams is remaining involved in a significant way is at least encouraging. Unless Bell or Clyde Edwards-Helaire misses time, it's unlikely Williams will see his role expand much beyond its current state.

Nov 24, 2020 8:35 AM EST

Good to go Sunday

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

Analysis: Williams was able to practice fully Friday and shed his injury label as a result. He'll be out there Sunday as the third-string option behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le'Veon Bell.

Nov 20, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Back at practice Friday

Williams (illness) was spotted at Friday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Williams was practicing at full speed, but his return to practice signals that he isn't dealing with COVID-19. His final status for Sunday's game versus the Raiders will be revealed on Friday's official injury report.

Nov 20, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Misses Thursday's practice

Williams (illness) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: The same goes for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, which resulted in Le'Veon Bell and Darwin Thompson being the only Kansas City running backs to practice Thursday. Added updates regarding the Week 11 status of the duo that missed practice due to illness should arrive no later than Friday.

Nov 19, 2020 3:06 PM EST

Snares lone target

Williams hauled in his only target in Sunday's game versus Carolina.

Analysis: Despite seeing the field for double-digit snaps (18) for the first time since Week 6, Williams was unable to piece together much of a noteworthy stat line. That's not too surprising given that most of his work comes on passing downs and the Chiefs have a number of star targets in that department who will get looked to first. It's certainly a positive sign but Williams still remains third on the running back depth chart behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le'Veon Bell for consistent running back reps.

Nov 10, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Four touches versus Jets

Williams rushed three times for 19 yards and reeled in his only target Sunday versus the Jets.

Analysis: Williams saw a slight bump in his workload Sunday after playing just one offensive snap last week. However, that action primarily came on the final drive with the game a blowout, so it may not be worth reading into too much. Both Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le'Veon Bell remain ahead of him in the pecking order for reps out of the backfield, which leaves just spare snaps for Williams.

Nov 3, 2020 8:35 AM EST

Only one snap Sunday

Williams logged just one offensive snap in Sunday's win versus the Broncos.

Analysis: Williams had been playing a supplementary role to Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of the backfield but that will change moving forward following the addition of Le'Veon Bell. Williams' one snap should become near commonplace for him as long as both backs ahead of him on the depth chart remain healthy, and even the newly-elevated DeAndre Washington could challenge for some snaps.

Oct 27, 2020 8:43 AM EST

Scores first TD of 2020

Williams rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown and reeled in his lone target for another 15 yards Monday versus the Bills.

Analysis: The Chiefs opened the floodgate in the ground game Monday night, with each of the team's top three backs averaging at least 4.3 yards per carry and top back Clyde Edwards-Helaire notching 6.2. Despite the effort, Williams will likely see his role diminish moving forward following the team's signing of Le'Veon Bell last week. Bell will be eligible to take the field this Sunday and should do so in some situations. Given that he's still new to the offense, Williams may still take the field on occasion this week but will likely see minimal action in the future.

Oct 20, 2020 8:55 AM EST

Involved more in Week 5

Williams rushed once for four yards and hauled in just one of his season-high five targets for 15 receiving yards Sunday versus the Raiders.

Analysis: It appears Williams has earned himself a role in pass-only situations despite rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire's efficiency as a pass catcher. Williams logged a season-high 29 offensive snaps in Sunday's contest, though he wound up with little to show for it. He remains well behind Edwards-Helaire in the pecking order in normal circumstances, but it appears he could be bound for a larger workload in the rare occasions when the Chiefs are trailing and in pass-only situation.

Oct 13, 2020 9:09 AM EST

Minimal work in Week 4

Williams ran once for two yards and failed to reel in his lone target in Monday's contest versus the Patriots.

Analysis: Williams logged 15 offensive snaps on the night (27 percent offensive snap share) behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire but saw one total touch on the night. He's still set for a distant second fiddle role behind his rookie counterpart and is unlikely to see much of an increase beyond Monday's snap count as long as Edwards-Heliare is available.

Oct 6, 2020 9:46 AM EST

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