Darrel Williams

Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #0
Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #0

Darrel Williams News

Earns four touches Sunday

Williams had four carries for 19 yards and couldn't gather in his only target during Sunday's 26-26 win at Carolina.

Analysis: Williams actually received the first touch among Cardinals running backs Week 4, but he logged the second-most offensive snaps (16 of 76) behind James Conner (50) and ahead of Eno Benjamin (11), while finishing third in touches behind Conner's 18 and Benjamin's six. As such, Williams still seems like the 2B option at best in the team's backfield, which doesn't give him much utility without an absence from one of Conner or Benjamin.

Oct 4, 2022 8:58 PM EST

Just one touch in Week 3

Williams had one carry for seven yards and didn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: In the wake of James Conner hurting his ankle Week 2, there was a belief Williams would be the beneficiary out of the Cardinals backfield if the former was limited or out Week 3. But Conner ended up playing his typical 60 percent of the offensive snaps en route to 16 touches, while Williams logged 17 percent (and one touch) and Eno Benjamin managed 27 percent (and seven touches for 23 yards). There has been no word of an aggravation of Conner's issue, so Williams appears as if he's currently third on the RB depth chart in Arizona.

Sep 27, 2022 7:07 PM EST

First touches with new team

Williams had eight carries for 59 yards and one touchdown while hauling in two of three targets for three yards during Sunday's 29-23 overtime win at Las Vegas.

Analysis: One week removed from being contained to 15 special-teams snaps in his first action as a Cardinal, Williams was the third of the team's running backs to earn touches during this Week 2 contest behind James Conner and Eno Benjamin. Additional opportunity opened up in the second half when Conner left with an ankle injury, allowing Williams to lead the backfield in offensive snaps (40 of 87) and yards from scrimmage (62). Conner's issue isn't believed to be a long-term one, but Williams may be in line for more work in the short term if the former is limited or forced to miss any game action.

Sep 19, 2022 8:32 PM EST

No offensive snaps in Week 1

Williams logged zero of 65 offensive snaps and 15 on special teams during Sunday's 44-21 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: James Conner is the unquestioned No. 1 running back in Arizona, but prior to Week 1 it was unclear who his top backup was among Williams, Eno Benjamin, Jonathan Ward and rookie sixth-round pick Keaontay Ingram. Ingram was removed as a consideration when he was deemed inactive before Sunday's kickoff. Then, as the opener played out, Benjamin was the only one of the remaining trio to get snaps on offense (22) behind Conner (47), while Williams and Ward (14 plays) were contained to special teams. Williams could enter the game plan as soon as Week 2, but Benjamin was efficient with his seven touches (61 total yards), so the latter seems poised to remain Conner's No. 2 for the foreseeable future.

Sep 13, 2022 8:55 PM EST

Finds end zone in preseason loss

Williams recorded two rushes for nine yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 26-23 preseason loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Williams was the second back on the field behind Eno Benjamin. However, he tallied his first carry of the game at the goal line, and he converted the opportunity for a one-yard touchdown plunge. Williams hasn't gotten much work in the preseason and has potentially slipped behind Benjamin on Arizona's running back depth chart.

Aug 27, 2022 9:59 PM EST

Gets first preseason work

Williams received one carry for three yards in Sunday's 24-17 preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: It was Williams' first work in an Arizona uniform after signing with the club this past offseason. The veteran back received his lone touch with the first unit (starter James Connor rested), indicating that the 27-year-old will likely end up as the primary backup to the Cardinals' workhouse come Week 1.

Aug 21, 2022 11:27 PM EST

Lands deal with Arizona

Williams has agreed to sign with the Cardinals on Tuesday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.

Analysis: Williams finished the 2021 campaign with 558 rushing yards, 452 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns across 17 appearances for the Chiefs last season. Kansas City reportedly wanted to re-sign Williams this offseason, but the 27-year-old opted to test free agency instead. In Arizona, Williams will compete with rookie Keaontay Ingram and return specialist Eno Benjamin for touches behind James Connor, but Williams' experience likely has him as the favorite to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart to start 2022.

May 24, 2022 10:37 AM EST

Set to test free agency

Williams is slated to test the free agent market, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Chiefs tried to re-sign Williams -- who worked in tandem with Clyde Edwards-Helaire last season -- ahead the opening of free agency. With no deal arrived at, the 26-year-old, who led the team with 558 rushing yards (on 144 carries) and added 47 catches for 452 yards and eight total TDs in 17 games in 2021, is now on track have a chance to field offers from other teams looking for backfield help.

Mar 14, 2022 8:30 AM EST

Suits up Sunday

Williams (toe) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: After logging a full practice Wednesday, Williams (who was inactive for last weekend's divisional-round win over Buffalo) was listed as limited Thursday and Friday, before being officially deemed questionable ahead of Sunday's contest. While Williams is in uniform, it remains to be seen how much of a workload he'll see in his return to action, with both Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire also in Kansas City's backfield mix. With that in mind, Williams, who recorded 144 carries for 558 yards and six TDs to go along with 47 catches for 452 yards and a pair of receiving scores in 17 regular-season appearances, profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option versus Cincinnati, while coming off his toe injury.

Jan 30, 2022 10:44 AM EST

Chance to play Sunday

Williams (toe) is trending toward a game-time decision for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Williams was forced out of a Week 18 win at Denver and has managed just eight offensive snaps and one carry in one appearance in the meantime in the wild-card round versus the Steelers. Despite being questionable last Sunday against the Bills -- as he is this weekend -- he was among the Chiefs' inactives in the divisional round. Williams apparently is feeling better this time around, but the team ultimately will make a decision on his availability about 90 minutes before Sunday's 3:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Even if Williams is active, though, he may be a distant third in the backfield pecking order behind Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Jan 29, 2022 3:48 PM EST

Deemed questionable for AFCCG

Williams (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Williams was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday before sliding back to limited Thursday and Friday. He also was listed as questionable for KC's first two playoff games, but he logged just eight snaps in the wild-card round and was inactive for the divisional-round win over Buffalo. Even if Williams plays, he may just be the No. 3 back behind Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire at this point, especially if he's fighting through pain.

Jan 28, 2022 12:43 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Williams (toe) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Williams practiced fully Wednesday, but at this stage it's unclear if his limitations Thursday were maintenance-related or indicative of a setback. What the running back is able to do during Friday's session should add clarity with regard to his status for Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus the Bengals. If Williams is available this weekend, his return to the mix would bolster a Kansas City backfield that was led by Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the team's divisional-round win over the Bills.

Jan 27, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Logs full practice

Williams (toe) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams, who returned to a limited practice this past Friday, was inactive for Kansas City's divisional-round win over the Bills, but his full participation Wednesday paves the way for the running back to be available for Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus the Bengals, barring any setbacks. If Williams suits up this weekend, he'd re-enter a backfield mix that also includes Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon, a context that doesn't ensure him a path to fantasy-worthy volume.

Jan 26, 2022 1:23 PM EST

Sitting out divisional round

Williams (toe) is inactive for Sunday night's divisional-round game against the Bills, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Williams returned to a limited session Friday but will sit this one out. Meanwhile, Kansas City welcomes back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) -- who last played Week 16 -- to a running back corps that also includes Jerick McKinnon, who led the team's ground game in last weekend's wild-card win over the Steelers, with Derrick Gore on hand in reserve. In Williams' absence, expect Edwards-Helaire to reclaim a solid share of the team's touches, with McKinnon involved as well in the wake of his effective outing in the Chiefs' playoff opener.

Jan 23, 2022 2:22 PM EST

Questionable for Sunday's game

Williams (toe) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night's playoff game against the Bills after returning to a limited practice Friday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully all week and doesn't carry an injury designation, which sets the stage for him to suit up Sunday, barring any last-minute issues, according to Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com. Per Nate Taylor of The Athletic, coach Andy Reid previously indicated that he was hopeful Williams would be available for the contest, but the running back's divisional-round status won't be confirmed until Kansas City's inactives are released prior to Sunday's 6:30 ET kickoff. If active, Williams would presumably work in a time-share with Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon, who led the team's backfield in last weekend's wild-card win over the Steelers.

Jan 21, 2022 1:06 PM EST

Misses another practice

Williams (toe) didn't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Williams missed Wednesday's practice as well, so what he's able to do Friday will be telling with regard to his chances of suiting up for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Bills. While Williams' status for the contest is cloudy for now, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been practicing this week and is thus trending toward a return to action versus Buffalo. In Kansas City's wild-card win over the Steelers this past weekend, Williams logged just eight snaps on offense and one carry, while Jerick McKinnon led the team's backfield with 12 carries on 51 snaps.

Jan 20, 2022 11:50 AM EST

Misses practice

Williams (toe) didn't practice Wednesday, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire seems to have participated in some capacity, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Williams played through the injury in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Steelers, but he was limited to a backup role (eight snaps) and finished with four yards and a lost fumble (which T.J. Watt returned for a touchdown). With Edwards-Helaire missing the game altogether, Jerick McKinnon was the lead back and ultimately took 18 touches for 142 yards and a TD. It remains to be seen if McKinnon will get the chance to repeat that workload Sunday against Buffalo, with Edwards-Helaire perhaps now the bigger threat than Williams.

Jan 19, 2022 11:35 AM EST

Suits up, limited to backup role

Williams (toe) had just one carry for four yards and was not targeted in the passing game in a 42-21 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) missed his third straight contest, but it was Jerick McKinnon taking over lead-back duties over the expected Williams. Perhaps the 26-year-old was not as ready to play as pre-game reports out of Kansas City's camp indicated, resulting in a underwhelming fantasy showing. The status of CEH is still uncertain for next round's tilt against the Bills, but McKinnon is the hot hand amongst the remaining backfield options for the Chiefs.

Jan 17, 2022 1:40 AM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Williams (toe) is listed as active for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Willliams approached the contest listed as questionable after practicing in a limited fashion this past week, but by Friday coach Andy Reid indicated that he thought the running back would be available Sunday, barring any pregame setbacks, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. With his availability for Kansas City's playoff opener confirmed, Williams is in line to head Kansas City's rushing attack versus Pittsburgh, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) ruled out for the third game in a row. Meanwhile, Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon are on hand to fill complementary/change-of-pace roles behind Williams.

Jan 16, 2022 3:55 PM EST

Listed as questionable for Sunday night game

Williams (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's playoff game against the Steelers.

Analysis: Williams was able to practice in a limited fashion all week and despite the official 'questionable' designation, the running back appears to be trending toward being in uniform this weekend, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. On that topic, coach Andy Reid noted Friday that he thinks Williams will be available "unless something happens" ahead of Sunday night's 8:15 ET kickoff, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. Assuming he's active for the contest, Williams would be in line to head Kansas City's rushing attack versus Pittsburgh, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) ruled out for the team's wild-card matchup. In that context, Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon would be slated to handle complementary/change-of-pace snaps.

Jan 14, 2022 1:01 PM EST

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