Javonte Williams

Denver Broncos
Running Back #33
Denver Broncos
Running Back #33
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Big effort in Sunday's win

Williams carried the ball 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: While Melvin Gordon led the Broncos in rushing, Williams was by far the more productive back, scoring his first rushing TD since Week 3 while leading Denver in receiving yards to top 100 scrimmage yards for the second time in the last three games. Williams will attempt to build on that momentum in a Week 13 clash with Kansas City.

Nov 28, 2021 7:06 PM EST

Not much work in loss

Williams carried the ball eight times for 48 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles. He also caught two of three targets for one yard.

Analysis: He did well with his totes, but the Broncos fell behind early and were forced to get away from their running game. Williams continues to split backfield touches equally with Melvin Gordon and the duo has produced almost identical yardage totals heading into the Broncos' Week 11 bye, but the veteran back has overshadowed the rookie with seven TDs to Williams' two.

Nov 14, 2021 8:39 PM EST

Reaches century mark

Williams recorded 17 rushes for 111 yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Williams saw a career-high in carries, which allowed him to top 100 yards on the ground for the first time. He was still out-touched by Melvin Gordon 23-17 and also was not involved in the receiving game. Even so, Williams recorded long runs of 30, 20 and 17 yards to make up the majority of his production. Williams has only two total touchdowns on the season, but he could be in for more positive game script in a Week 10 matchup against Philadelphia.

Nov 7, 2021 4:08 PM EST

Quiet in win

Williams rushed nine times for 35 yards and secured two of four targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over Washington.

Analysis: Williams continued to split rushing duties with Melvin Gordon, handling nine carries to Gordon's 10. It was Gordon, however, who managed to make the most of his opportunities, scoring once thew the air and once on the ground. Fantasy managers hoping that the rookie would take over the Denver backfield by this point will have to wait, but it appears the Broncos are married to the idea of using both backs interchangeably. In the event of an injury to Gordon, Williams could be a potential league winner, but his true ceiling will remain capped as long as the Broncos continue to split touches. Next up, the Broncos will take on the Cowboys in a Week 8.

Nov 2, 2021 10:45 AM EST

Finds end zone through air

Williams rushed four times for 20 yards and brought in six of seven targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 17-14 loss to the Browns on Thursday night.

Analysis: Williams and Melvin Gordon combined for just 12 carries, but the rookie still found a way to make a fantasy impact with his 10-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Williams' reception total was also a career- and team-high figure, and he now has multiple catches in five consecutive contests after opening his NFL career with a pair of one-reception tallies. Williams will look for more overall touches in a Week 8 home matchup against Washington a week from Sunday.

Oct 21, 2021 8:53 PM EST

Splits backfield tasks again

Williams ran for 53 yards on 11 carries against Las Vegas on Sunday, adding three receptions for 15 yards on three targets.

Analysis: Williams provided Denver its biggest gain on the ground Sunday, producing a 30-yard carry that marked his third 20-yard carry on just 65 attempts in his young NFL career, but he once again almost evenly split the workload with veteran technical starter Melvin Gordon. As well as Williams has played through six games, the veteran Gordon has played fairly well in his own right, and Sunday he mostly matched Williams by producing 50 yards on 10 carries. The workload split between the two leaves them somewhat touchdown-dependent for fantasy viability, but the explosive production in the meantime is encouraging for the rookie. The Broncos hit the road for Cleveland in Week 7.

Oct 17, 2021 6:10 PM EST

Totals 86 yards in loss

Williams rushed eight times for 61 yards and caught all three targets for 25 more yards in Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Williams split touches with Melvin Gordon evenly (11 each), but the former outplayed his veteran counterpart in this contest. Neither back has really outshone the other on a consistent basis through five weeks, so a timeshare should continue as we progress through the year. Both Williams and Gordon may end up eating in Week 6 against the Raiders, who surrender 133.3 rushing yards per game this season.

Oct 10, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Looks good with limited touches

Williams carried the ball seven times for 48 yards and caught all three of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: The Denver running game had some success in the first half and both Williams and Melvin Gordon finished the afternoon averaging better than six yards a carry, but when Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a concussion late in the second quarter, the whole offense stagnated. Williams came into Sunday with just a 3.5 YPC through his first three NFL games, however, and the rookie could slip back to that level in Week 5 against a tough Steelers run defense.

Oct 3, 2021 7:19 PM EST

To continue splitting time Sunday

Williams will continue splitting time with Melvin Gordon (ribs/lower leg) in Sunday's home showdown against the Ravens after the latter was confirmed active for the Week 4 contest.

Analysis: The rookie appeared to have a chance at true lead-back status at one point during the practice week with Gordon managing multiple injuries, but the veteran trended in the right direction in subsequent days and now is officially available for the contest. Williams could still enjoy a solid complementary workload, however, considering he's logged double-digit carries in all three games thus far.

Oct 3, 2021 12:06 PM EST

Records first touchdown

Williams carried the ball 12 times for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Jets. He added three receptions on four targets for 33 yards.

Analysis: Williams gave way to Melvin Gordon as the primary rusher, as Gordon commanded 18 rush attempts. However, the pair continued to get work within the same drive and also alternated working as the primary back. Williams recorded first touchdown of his career from one-yard away early in the first quarter, and he then began the team's next drive with a 17-yard reception and 14-yard rush. He was relatively quiet otherwise, but his involvement in the passing game was a positive change as he entered the game having seen only two targets combined across the team's first two contests. While Gordon appears to be the preferred back for the time being, the Broncos' Week 4 contest against Baltimore should be more competitive and could give a clearer picture of the team's preferences moving forward.

Sep 26, 2021 9:06 PM EST

Works efficiently in Week 2

Williams recorded 13 rushing attempts for 64 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Jaguars. He added one reception for 10 yards.

Analysis: Williams ended the game with the same number of rushes as Melvin Gordon, and the pair often alternated plays on the same drive. Despite identical workloads on the ground, Williams out-gained Gordon by 33 yards -- though Gordon was far more effective as a receiver. Williams managed to record double-digit yardage on three of his 13 carries, the longest of which went for 16 yards. Through two weeks, Williams seems to be the more consistently effective rusher as compared to Gordon. Though it will likely take time, he should lead the Broncos' backfield at some point this season.

Sep 19, 2021 4:50 PM EST

Gets plenty of work

Williams recorded 14 rushes for 45 yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Giants. He added one reception for -4 yards.

Analysis: Williams didn't have an impressive regular-season debut based on the box score. However, he mixed in with Melvin Gordon beginning on the team's first offensive possession and ultimately out-carried the veteran 14-11. The Broncos' coaching staff suggested that Williams would play in all situations and game scripts leading up to the contest, and his usage Sunday supported that statement. Williams will now look to improve from a statistical standpoint in a Week 2 matchup against the Jaguars.

Sep 12, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Fully trusted by coaching staff

Coach Vic Fangio expressed confidence in Williams on Monday, saying, "we're not at all against playing him in any situation, in any time of the game," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: It's a strong early statement in favor of the rookie second-round pick, who was apparently able to earn the trust of the coaching staff during training camp and the preseason. Williams is expected to work in tandem with veteran Melvin Gordon out of the backfield for the Broncos this season, and it's a good early sign for Williams that he's already seemingly entrenched in his role to open the campaign.

Sep 6, 2021 4:41 PM EST

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