Darrel Williams

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #0
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #0
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Major decline in touches

Williams tallied five carries for 15 yards and reeled in one of his three targets for another 11 yards Sunday versus the Cowboys.

Analysis: Williams didn't see a considerable drop in his snap count overall. Still, he did see a significant shift in his touch count, finishing the day with just six total after averaging more than 18 per game while Clyde Edwards-Helaire was sidelined. Edwards-Helaire's return likely deprives Williams of a lot of his fantasy utility, but he should still contribute in some capacity as both a receiver and a runner moving forward.

Nov 23, 2021 8:26 AM EST

Gains added competition for touches

Williams will likely have to split touches in Sunday's game against the Cowboys after Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Although Edwards-Helaire is questionable for Sunday's Week 11 matchup, it wouldn't be surprising to see him take the field. While Williams will likely continue to play a role in Kansas City's backfield after he played effectively in Edwards-Helaire's absence across the last five weeks, he'll have less upside since the second-year pro will presumably take on a starting role.

Nov 20, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Posts WR stats as RB

Williams rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught all nine of his targets for 101 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-14 rout of the Raiders.

Analysis: If you simply look at the rushing stats, Williams' night was nothing to write home about; it was the 26-year-old's work as a receiver that made waves. The nine receptions and 101 receiving yards were both new career highs for the fourth-year pro. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) resumed practicing this week, but he was not activated off of injured reserve despite being eligible. This does open the door for the Chiefs' original starting tailback to return next week against the Cowboys, but Williams' strong play when called upon (621 combined yards and five touchdowns) this year could keep him involved in the offense regardless.

Nov 14, 2021 10:00 PM EST

Steady ground effort

Williams ran for 70 yards on 19 carries while catching three passes for seven yards on four targets against Green Bay on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams was able to hold off Derrick Gore (three carries for 13 yards) after losing 11 carries to him in Week 8, so this effort might mean Williams reasserted himself as the team's clear top runner out of himself, Gore and Jerick McKinnon. It's not clear whether Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) will be able to return to the Chiefs for their Week 10 road match against Las Vegas, but Williams will likely return to a more abbreviated role whenever Edwards-Helaire can play again.

Nov 7, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Totals 110 yards

Williams rushed 13 times for 49 yards and caught all six of his targets for 61 yards in Monday night's 20-17 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Williams saw backup Derrick Gore enjoy a first-half outburst that enabled him to finish with 11 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown, but the veteran gained stream during the second half. With a combination of handoffs and check-down receptions, Williams ultimately posted 110 yards from scrimmage, his most of this season. With it currently unknown whether usual starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) is expected to return in Week 9 versus the Packers, the outlooks of Williams, Gore and Jerick McKinnon could be dependent on Edwards-Helaire's status as the week unfolds, making Kansas City's backfield situation worthwhile to monitor.

Nov 1, 2021 9:23 PM EST

Held to 50 total yards

Williams carried the ball five times for 20 yards in Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Titans. He added three receptions for 30 yards.

Analysis: Kansas City fell behind 27-0 before halftime, which limited Williams to only five carries. He wasn't particularly efficient even given the opportunity, with his longest rush of the day going for 11 yards. Williams did add to his production as a receiver, matching his season-high in receptions and posting his best game from a yards perspective. Though the Chiefs' offense hasn't excelled as expected of late, Williams should have a strong chance to bounce back in Week 8 against the Giants.

Oct 24, 2021 4:54 PM EST

Comes through as starter

Williams recorded 21 rushes for 62 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-13 win over Washington. He added three receptions for 27 yards.

Analysis: Williams saw 21 of the team's 28 rushing attempts in the absence of Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee). He wasn't particularly efficient, as he averaged only 3.0 yards per carry, and his longest rush went for 11 yards. However, he found his way to the end zone on two occasions, once from two yards away and the other three. With Edwards-Helaire out at least two more contests, Williams should be in line to see plenty of opportunity.

Oct 17, 2021 3:55 PM EST

On track for first career start

Williams is on track to make his first career start Sunday against Washington after the Chiefs placed Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While head coach Andy Reid hasn't officially named a starter in place of Edwards-Helaire, Williams is in position to draw the assignment after he played 77 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps in last Sunday's loss to the Bills once Edwards-Helaire checked out of the contest midway through the third quarter. It's worth noting, however, that a negative game script may have played a factor in Williams dominating the running-back snaps over Jerick McKinnon, who was on the field for only 23 percent of the plays after Edwards-Helaire departed. If the favored Chiefs can establish an early lead against Washington and hold it for most of the contest, Williams could end up ceding more work to McKinnon this week, but the fantasy outlooks for both players are brighter in any case with Edwards-Helaire at least temporarily out of the picture.

Oct 14, 2021 2:19 PM EST

In line for starting role

Williams is likely in line for a starting role after Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss to the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Williams entered Sunday's game after Edwards-Helaire went down, and he recorded five carries for 27 yards while hauling in three of five targets for 18 yards. While Edwards-Helaire's injury isn't as serious as the team initially feared, he's still slated to miss time. As a result, the 26-year-old should take on a starting role as the Chiefs prepare for a favorable matchup against Washington in Week 6.

Oct 11, 2021 10:59 AM EST

Could take over for injured starter

Williams took over for Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) in the second half of Sunday's loss to Buffalo, finishing with five carries for 27 yards and three receptions for 18 yards.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire went down with an apparent knee injury in the second half of Sunday's contest, and while he was eventually able to limp off the field, the back was clearly in pain. We will have to wait for an update on the Chiefs' starting running back's knee, but Williams should take over if CEH is forced to miss any time. The 26-year-old would receive a huge boost in value if he is asked to start for this potent offense, so do not hesitate on pulling the trigger on the waiver wire in the event he does start against Washington on Sunday.

Oct 10, 2021 11:52 PM EST

Finds end zone in high-scoring win

Williams rushed 10 times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-30 win over the Eagles. He also caught both of his targets for 16 yards.

Analysis: Williams played second fiddle to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who topped 100 yards on the ground and found the end zone as a receiver. That said, Williams received a sizable chunk of the workload, most notably getting the call from one yard out in the third quarter for his second rushing touchdown of the season. The Chiefs' offense is explosive enough for both Edwards-Helaire and Williams to find success on a weekly basis, though the latter will likely struggle to provide much value unless he gets into the end zone.

Oct 3, 2021 5:20 PM EST

Season-high snap count

Williams compiled seven carries for 28 yards and reeled in two of his three targets during Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Williams also logged a 34 percent snap share in the contest, continuing an upward trend from the 22 percent share he saw in the opener and the 29 percent share he held last week. Edwards-Helaire still turned out the more productive game, posting 17 carries for 100 yards and a pair of catches for another nine and a score, so there's little reason to anticipate a changing of the guard in the backfield forthcoming. However, Williams could become an attractive fantasy option should Edwards-Helaire miss any time.

Sep 28, 2021 10:21 AM EST

Scores in Week 2

Williams rushed three times for a loss of two yards but did score a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Analysis: William has played 14 offensive snaps in each of the first two contests, which is far from enough to warrant fantasy usage at this point. He's still well ahead of Jerick McKinnon (four snaps) in the pecking order behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire but is unlikely to see the field much as long as Edwards-Helaire is available.

Sep 21, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Only one carry in opener

Williams rushed once for four yards in the opener versus the Browns.

Analysis: Williams saw the field for just 14 offensive snaps, which is good for 22 percent on the day. He's still the clear No. 2 behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, with Jerick McKinnon only logging four snaps to rank third at the position. Even so, Williams' fantasy value remains extremely limited as long as Edwards-Helaire remains available.

Sep 14, 2021 2:55 PM EST

Not listed on Week 1 injury report

Williams (head) isn't listed on Kansas City's Week 1 injury report.

Analysis: Williams missed Kansas City's preseason finale after being evaluated for a possible concussion during the team's Aug. 20 tilt versus the Cardinals. However, the 5-11, 219-pounder has been cleared to play, and heading in Week 1 Williams is poised to see complementary/backup work behind top rushing option, Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Sep 8, 2021 5:07 PM EST

Making progress

Coach Andy Reid noted that Williams (head) moved around well in practice this past week, and is trending toward be available for Week 1 action, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The same applies to top back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), a notion that should be solidified once the team's official practice/injury report arrives following Wednesday's practice. Assuming both backs are available, Williams and Jerick McKinnon would be in line to see complementary work this weekend behind Edwards-Helaire.

Sep 6, 2021 10:24 AM EST

Doesn't play finale

Williams (head) did not play in Friday night's 28-25 preseason win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Williams was examined for a concussion during last Friday's exhibition outing, so it's not surprising to see him sit out this week's preseason finale. The veteran's status will have to be monitored in advance of Week 1's matchup versus the Browns, but once cleared Williams profiles as a rugged backup to versatile starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Aug 27, 2021 9:17 PM EST

Examined for concussion

Williams is under evaluation for a concussion during Friday's preseason game at Arizona.

Analysis: Williams earned three touches on the Chiefs' first possession, turning two carries into two yards and one target into an eight-yard catch. Clyde Edwards-Helaire got the initial RB reps with the starters, and Jerick McKinnon and Darwin Thompson after CEH and Williams, so the latter's standing as the No. 2 back in Kansas City appears to be holding up. But if Williams is diagnosed with a concussion, he could give McKinnon a chance to move up the depth chart.

Aug 20, 2021 5:59 PM EST

Returns from knee injury

Williams (knee) returned to practice earlier this week, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The running back has rejoined his teammates after missing a day or two with a minor knee injury. Williams is trying to lock down KC's No. 2 spot at running back, fending off competition from Jerick McKinnon and Darwin Thompson. Given his value on passing downs and special teams, Williams is a safe bet to make the Week 1 roster even if the Chiefs are more inclined to use another running back for carries off the bench behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Aug 12, 2021 11:47 AM EST

Misses practice with knee injury

Williams will miss Monday's practice with a knee injury, Nate Taylor of The Athletic report.s

Analysis: Williams' absence will free up reps for Jerick McKinnon and Darwin Thompson, both hoping to win roles behind lead back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Williams was the No. 2 back for most of last season, with the Chiefs primarily using him for third downs and their hurry-up offense. He got double-digit touches just once all season -- in one of the three games CEH missed -- and there's no guarantee of regular carries even if the Chiefs' starting RB misses time this year. Williams does seem safe for a roster spot, whereas the other guys are competing.

Aug 9, 2021 9:46 AM EST

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