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Williams shared backfield reps with Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde and Darwin Thompson during the offseason program, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Darrel Williams caught on as an undrafted rookie last year and had a late-season stretch as the Chiefs' No. 2 running back after Kareem Hunt was cut and Spencer Ware was injured. Both players found new teams in the offseason, but Kansas City brought in Hyde and Thompson to compete for depth roles, leaving Darrel Williams on the roster bubble ahead of training camp. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has already named Damien Williams as the starter.
Williams played 20 snaps -- all on special teams -- Sunday in the Chiefs' 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of LSU had been acting as the top backup to Damien Williams since Week 15 against the Chargers but dropped to third on the depth chart Sunday with Spencer Ware cleared to return from a hamstring injury. Ware will become an unrestricted free agent in March and is no lock to be re-signed, potentially paving the way for Darrel Williams to reclaim a more prominent role behind Damien in 2019. Even if Ware isn't brought retained, however, there's still a decent likelihood that the Chiefs will address their running-back room via trade, free agency or the draft.
Williams rushed a career-high 11 times for 31 yards in Week 17 against the Raiders.
Analysis: Nearly all of Wiliams' work came late in a blowout, so there is very little to take away from the fact that he split carries with Damien Williams evenly on the day. He should serve as a backup in the playoffs and should be in the running to retain a spot as a depth option again in 2019.
Williams (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: He and Charcandrick West are thus in line to work in complementary roles behind Damien Williams on Sunday, with Spencer Ware (hamstring) inactive once again.
Williams (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Raiders.
Analysis: Williams made an abbreviated exit last Sunday at Seattle due to a hamstring injury. Although he proceeded to practice in full Wednesday through Friday, the Chiefs opted to place a "questionable" tag on the reserve running back. Spencer Ware (hamstring) is in the exact same boat as he attempts to return from a two-game absence. If Ware is active, he could take on the largest share of the work given to the backfield, leaving the Williamses (also, Damien) the occasional touch.
Williams (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Williams injured his hamstring during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks, leaving Damien Williams and Charcandrick West as the only options at running back. With Spencer Ware (hamstring) also managing a full practice to start the week, it appears the Chiefs will have a healthy backfield Sunday against the Raiders. The undrafted rookie out of LSU probably won't be a big piece of the equation unless there's garbage-time work in the fourth quarter.
Williams (hamstring) is questionable to return to Sunday night's contest against the Seahawks, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs' running back depth will be further taxed in the event Williams is unable to return, as that leaves Damien Williams and Charcandrick West as the only two healthy backs active for Sunday's game.
Williams rushed twice for 13 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers on Thursday.
Analysis: Williams served as a spell back for Damien Williams in the contest, though he saw just 15 snaps compared to Damien's 44. The rookie back could remain part of the mix against next week if Spencer Ware (hamstring) is unable to take the field against the Seahawks next Sunday.
Williams saw two offensive snaps Sunday against the Ravens, though he did catch a pass for eight yards.
Analysis: Williams sits third on the depth chart, for the time being, behind Spencer Ware and Damien Williams, though the reacquisition of long-time Chiefs back Charcandrick West could threaten his job security slightly. Regardless, Williams serves mainly as a special teams contributor and a depth back option at this point.
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The specifics surrounding Williams' inactive status have yet to be released but it's unlikely the LSU product would have had any major impact during Sunday's contest anyway. Slotted as the team's No. 4 running back, Williams will need to carve out a larger special teams role if he plans on keeping a roster spot for the entire 2018 season.
Williams has made the Chiefs' 53-man roster, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Williams spent his collegiate seasons working behind Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, so he never really got an opportunity to showcase his talent. That changed this preseason and he impressed the brass enough to stick around over Kerwynn Williams and Charcandrick West. He'll remain a depth option at running back in 2018.
Williams rushed 11 times for 41 yards during Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers. He also secured all three of his targets for an additional 19 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Williams gave the Chiefs very good reason to keep him on the team ahead of Saturday's roster cuts. In fact, Williams looked like he might even be the second-best running back on the team, particularly after showing his impressive chops as a receiver. However, one needs to account for the fact that Williams was playing against depth-caliber competition Thursday, as both teams held out the majority of their starters.
Williams rushed six times for 16 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards during Thursday's preseason opener against the Falcons.
Analysis: Williams faces a tough challenge to make the 53-man roster with numerous backs -- all more experienced -- are also vying for a limited number of spots allotted to running backs. The coaching staff will likely want to get a long look at the borderline guys in the first couple of weeks before they have to begin making cuts.
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