Darrel Williams

Darrel Williams

Running Back #0
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:None / None lb.
Drafted:None / UDFA

Darrel Williams: Competing for backfield spot

Williams appears to be competing with Darwin Thompson in the Kansas City backfield, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season, leaving Clyde Edwards-Helaire and DeAndre Washington as the favorites to see backfield snaps early in the year. However, Darrel Williams does have the advantage of experience in Andy Reid's offense, with his usage last season hinting at a level of trust to handle passing downs. It's possible there's a Week 1 role available, especially if the newcomers are slow to acclimate during training camp.

August 12, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Darrel Williams: Facing competition for roster spot

Williams enters camp with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson, DeAndre Washington and Elijah McGuire all challenging for 53-man roster spots at running back, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: With Edward-Helaire and Damien Williams locked in and Darwin Thompson likely safe in the second year of his rookie deal, a fourth (and likely final) running back spot may come down to Darrel Williams versus Washington and McGuire. Williams may have a slight advantage given his tenure and familiarity with the playbook, but the other two have more significant contributions under their belts over the last few seasons. This competition will likely sort itself out in training camp.

June 23, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Under contract for 2020

Williams (hamstring) has one season remaining on his three-year rookie contract before becoming a restricted free agent in 2020.

Analysis: Williams ended the season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury but improved in his second season as a pro. In addition to racking up four combined (rushing and receiving) touchdowns, Williams compiled 141 rushing yards on 41 carries (3.4 YPC) and 15 grabs on 19 targets for 167 yards (11.1). He will likely return in a similar depth role next season with both Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson presumably on the roster again.

February 19, 2020 11:11 AM EST

Darrel Williams: Placed on IR

Williams (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs on Thursday morning.

Analysis: Williams had already been considered doubtful to play in Week 14, which was confirmed by his absence from the practice field Wednesday. It now appears the injury is season-ending, leaving the Chiefs to move forward with LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson as the two healthy backs. Damien Williams (ribs) could be available as well, though he also sat out practice to begin the week.

December 5, 2019 6:52 AM EST

Darrel Williams: No practice Wednesday

Williams (ribs) is not practicing Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Williams has a shot to retake the field against the Patriots on Sunday, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, but a lack of practice to begin the week doesn't have him trending in the right direction. With Darrel Williams (hamstring) also not practicing, the Chiefs' backfield currently consists of LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware as healthy options. Williams is nursing a ribs injury sustained Week 11 against the Chargers, and he has yet to resume practicing.

December 4, 2019 10:17 AM EST

Darrel Williams: Unlikely to play Week 14

Williams (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. "Darrel's injury, he had a hamstring and that didn't look very good," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "So, there's probably a pretty good chance he doesn't play."

Analysis: Williams suffered a non-contact injury during the third quarter of Sunday's 40-9 win over Oakland, finishing with six carries for 13 yards and one catch for a three-yard touchdown. LeSean McCoy scored his own TD shortly after Williams left the game, and Darwin Thompson then took over in garbage time with an 11-44-1 rushing line that all came on one drive in the fourth quarter. With Damien Williams (ribs) also ailing, the Chiefs signed Spencer Ware on Tuesday to add some depth behind McCoy and Thompson. It isn't clear if Damien will be available this week.

December 4, 2019 6:39 AM EST

Darrel Williams: Exits Sunday's game

Williams suffered a hamstring injury Sunday against the Raiders.

Analysis: This had the look of an injury that will probably end the running back's day. With Damien Williams (ribs) already out this week, the Chiefs' Week 13 backfield is now down to LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson.

December 1, 2019 3:33 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Primed for larger role

Williams and LeSean McCoy are expected to handle larger roles out of the Kansas City backfield Sunday against the Raiders with Damien Williams (rib) ruled out for the contest, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Damien Williams played only 12 snaps in the Chiefs' previous game Nov. 18 against the Chargers before departing with the rib injury. A Week 12 bye wasn't enough for Damien to overcome the injury, so the Chiefs will likely turn to a tandem of Darrel and McCoy to shoulder the snaps and touches out of the backfield, just as they did following Damien's early departure in Week 11. In that contest, Darrel played 43 percent of the offensive snaps and logged 13 touches (11 carries, two catches) for 43 yards and a score, while McCoy took 40 percent of the snaps and gained 57 yards on 11 touches (seven carries, four receptions). After being inactive for the win over the Chargers, rookie Darwin Thompson should dress as the No. 3 option Sunday, but he's unlikely to have a meaningful role in coach Andy Reid's game plan.

November 29, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Gets in end zone

Williams rushed 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Chargers. He also caught two of three targets for eight yards.

Analysis: Williams was forced into a larger role after Damien Williams was ruled out with a rib injury suffered during the first half. Although LeSean McCoy was still around to tote the rock, and Patrick Mahomes actually led the team with 59 rushing yards, nobody carried more than Williams, who also punched in a six-yard touchdown. With the Chiefs now entering their bye week, Damien Williams will have extra time to get healthy, but Darrel could be the beneficiary if he's not ready to go by Week 13's game versus the Raiders.

November 18, 2019 9:34 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Makes only touch count

Williams logged just seven snaps on offense Sunday against the Texans, turning his only touch (a catch on two targets) for 52 yards.

Analysis: Williams' involvement was more than cut in half from the 15 snaps he saw last week against the Colts, likely the result of LeSean McCoy becoming more involved again. At this point, Williams is essentially just a handcuff option that isn't guaranteed significant reps even if either Damien Williams or LeSean McCoy misses time.

October 14, 2019 5:21 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Minimal role Sunday

Williams logged just 15 snaps on offense and didn't receive a carry Sunday against the Colts.

Analysis: Williams' drop in playing time corresponded with the return of Damien Williams on Sunday. It's worth noting that Darrel Williams saw as many snaps as LeSean McCoy during Sunday's contest, though coach Andy Reid indicated that McCoy will see more snaps when he figures out his pass protection problems. At this point, Williams looks to be the third wheel in the backfield behind the other two.

October 7, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Scores first career touchdowns

Williams ran for 13 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and added 43 yards on three catches during Sunday's 34-30 win over Detroit. He lost a fumble during the contest.

Analysis: Williams capped the comeback in the closing seconds of the game with a bruising one-yard touchdown, the second of the game and his career. Thrust into duty due to the knee injury to Damien Williams (knee), Williams has shown some ability as a receiver and had a nice 41-yard run last week. His value likely depends on the health of Damien Williams, but Williams looks like a quality play if it's only him and Shady McCoy in the backfield.

September 29, 2019 2:40 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Additional work expected

Williams is slated for more work out of the Chiefs' backfield with Damien Williams (knee) ruled out for Sunday's contest at Detroit.

Analysis: With Damien Williams sidelined last Sunday against the Ravens and LeSean McCoy leaving that contest due to an ankle injury, Darrel Williams filled in ably, taking 14 touches for 109 yards from scrimmage while earning 54 percent of the offensive snaps. McCoy likely will start again this weekend, but it'll come after being listed as LP/FP/FP on Chiefs injury reports. No matter how many reps he receives, Darrel Williams seems capable of producing with Patrick Mahomes at the helm.

September 27, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Covers for Shady

Williams ran for 62 yards on nine carries and added 47 yard on five catches during Sunday's 33-28 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: A huge chunk of Williams' yardage came midway through the fourth quarter when he cut upfield on an outside run and gained 41 yards, getting tripped up just before he was able to head into the end zone. Williams was only able to get 14 touches due to Damien Williams' (knee) absence and Shady McCoy's (ankle) early exit. That he was able to gain 109 yards in relief is a testament to Williams' skill, the danger of any Chiefs back, or both. His viability next week in Detroit is obviously dependent on the overall health of the Chiefs' backfield.

September 22, 2019 1:55 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Could be starter Sunday

Williams was working out first in the Chiefs' running-back drills during pregame warmups, signaling that he may garner the start Sunday against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With normal No. 1 back Damien Williams (knee) sidelined, the Chiefs will be forced to break in a new starter for the matchup between division leaders. Veteran LeSean McCoy is listed second on the depth chart and was expected to draw the starting nod, but the Chiefs could choose to limit his workload while he nurses a sore ankle that left him visibly gimpy when he reported to the stadium Sunday. If McCoy is in fact limited, Williams and Darwin Thompson - who was second in line during warmups -- could be on tap to handle the bulk of the snaps out of the backfield.

September 22, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Darrel Williams: Special teams only in opener

Williams didn't take any offensive snaps but served on six special teams plays in Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Williams sits behind two veterans and a promising rookie on the depth chart, entrenching his role as primarily a special teams contributor and running back depth. Barring an injury or two at the position, it's unlikely he will capture a significant offensive role in 2019.

September 9, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Logs six carries in preseason loss

Williams rushed six times for 25 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during the Chiefs' 17-7 preseason loss to the Steelers on Saturday.

Analysis: Williams paced the Chiefs backfield in carries on the night and did a serviceable job with his opportunities. Fellow backs Carlos Hyde (5-23) and Darwin Thompson (4-30) were solid as well, so the competition for two potential backup running back slots behind presumed starter Damien Williams remains relatively heated. Williams will look to continue making his case in Saturday's third preseason tilt versus the 49ers.

August 17, 2019 8:51 PM EST

Darrel Williams: In mix for backup duties

Williams remains a candidate for the top backup duties behind Damien Williams (hamstring), Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams rushed just 13 times all of last season, but he's seen plenty of reps in fall camp while Damien Williams has been on the sidelines. He could gain some marginal fantasy value should he secure the backup spot and has proven he can serve as a pass-catcher as well, notching 23 receptions as a senior at LSU in 2017.

August 7, 2019 12:06 PM EST

Darrel Williams: Facing backup competition

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.

June 25, 2019 6:26 AM EST

Darrel Williams: No touches in AFC Championship Game

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.

January 24, 2019 12:32 PM EST

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