The Broncos have brought back Melvin Gordon on a one-year deal to pair with Williams in the team's backfield this coming season, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports.
Analysis: Prior to the team bringing back Gordon, Williams seemed positioned to see a big boost in his workload this coming season, but now that the duo will be in the same backfield once again in 2022, a time-share is back in play. It's an arrangement that resulted in both players logging 203 carries in 2021 and while there should be enough touches for the pair to remain fantasy relevant, Williams' ceiling in that regard is hampered by the continued presence of the capable Gordon. Of the two, Williams continues to profile as the upside play, but as long as his veteran counterpart is available, the 2021 second-rounder's volume figures to be capped, while working in a balanced Denver offense now helmed by star QB Russell Wilson.
Apr 27, 2022 8:21 AM EST
Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and brought in both targets for 18 yards in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday.
Analysis: Given how well and evenly Williams and Melvin Gordon worked in tandem this season, it was fitting the two split carries right down the middle for the Broncos' final contest. The rookie bounced back well from a pair of atypically inefficient outings Week 16 and 17 where he'd gained just 42 yards on 21 carries, and Saturday's production put him just over the 900-yard mark (903) to close out his first NFL season. The UNC product also generated an impressive 43-316-3 line through the air, and with Gordon slated for unrestricted free agency come the new league year, Williams could well be set to enter training camp as the clear lead back this coming summer.
Jan 8, 2022 5:52 PM EST
Williams (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against Kansas City after practicing fully Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: The same applies to Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), which sets the stage for the duo to continue to share backfield duties in Denver's season finale. It's a time-share that caps Williams' fantasy ceiling, but more often than not he's logged enough touches to help fantasy managers this season and this weekend he'll square off against a Chiefs run defense that is allowing an average of 113.0 rushing yards per game to date.
Jan 6, 2022 1:58 PM EST
Williams (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: As was Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), but at this stage there's nothing to suggest that either back will miss Saturday's game against Kansas City, even if both players approach the weekend with a Week 18 injury designation.
Jan 5, 2022 3:29 PM EST
Denver listed Williams (knee) as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: For the fourth week in a row, Williams is appearing on the injury report with the lingering knee issue, but head coach Vic Fangio hasn't suggested the rookie is at risk of missing Saturday's season finale against the Chiefs. So long as Williams continues to practice in some capacity Wednesday and Thursday, he'll likely be deemed good to go for the Week 18 matchup. As has been the case all season, Williams is expected to once again work in a timeshare out of the backfield with Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), who was also listed as a limited participant Tuesday.
Jan 4, 2022 12:44 PM EST
Williams carried the ball 14 times for 30 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: The rookie had reached 80 scrimmage yards or scored a touchdown, or both, in four straight games coming into Sunday, but the knee issue that limited Williams' practice participation during the week may have been a factor in his disappointing showing against one of the league's softer run defenses. He still has an outside chance at 1,000 rushing yards on the season, but he'll need 143 yards in a Week 18 clash with Kansas City to get there.
Jan 2, 2022 8:11 PM EST
Williams (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: So is fellow running back Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip). As a result, the duo is in line to once again share backfield work Sunday, with a Week 17 bounce-back opportunity on tap for both players (who put up modest production last weekend versus the Raiders) against a Chargers' defense that's allowing an average of 140.3 rushing yards per game to date.
Jan 2, 2022 11:50 AM EST
Williams (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) is also expected to play, according to Schefter, so the duo looks set to split the workload in the backfield against the Chargers. Both players were limited participants in practice all week.
Jan 1, 2022 10:29 PM EST
Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.
Analysis: The same applies to Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), though we'd be surprised if either back missed Sunday's 4:05 ET contest. Assuming both players are active, they'd be in line to share carries in Week 17, with a bounce-back opportunity on tap for the duo considering that the Broncos could go run-heavy, given that the depth of the team's wideout corps is currently taxed.
Dec 31, 2021 3:07 PM EST
Williams (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's estimated practice.
Analysis: Denver didn't actually hold a workout Thursday after the team elected to cancel the session out of an abundance of caution due to increasing COVID-19-related concerns within the organization. Like backfield mate Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), Williams went down as a limited participant on the official report for the second straight day, but clarity on the status of either player likely won't arrive until Denver reconvenes for practice Friday.
Dec 31, 2021 6:33 AM EST
Williams (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Fellow running back Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) was also limited. There's little reason to believe either running back will sit out Sunday against the Chargers, though it will be worth checking back on both players' status as the week progresses. Williams and Gordon normally split carries, but if either were to sit, the other would become an even more enticing fantasy option in Week 17 against a dreadful Chargers run defense that just got carved up for 149 yards and two touchdowns by Houston's Rex Burkhead.
Dec 29, 2021 2:34 PM EST
Williams carried the ball seven times for 12 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: It was a rough day for the Broncos' running game in general, but at least Williams was able to bang home a one-yard TD just before halftime. Melvin Gordon, by contrast, wound up with a net of zero scrimmage yards. Williams is having a big finish to his rookie campaign, piling up 473 combined yards and five TDs in the last five games heading into a favorable Week 17 matchup against a vulnerable Chargers run defense.
Dec 26, 2021 6:27 PM EST
Williams (knee) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams and Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) both have been cleared to play after upgrading from limited practice participation Thursday to full sessions Friday. Their timeshare remains close to 50/50, with both taking double-digit touches on a regular basis.
Dec 24, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Williams (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) was also limited Thursday. At this stage, we expect both players to be available for Sunday's game against the Raiders, but unless they practice fully Friday, official 'questionable' Week 16 injury designations could be in store for the duo for the second straight week.
Dec 23, 2021 1:53 PM EST
Williams (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.
Analysis: In this past Sunday's loss to the Bengals, Williams played through a knee issue that had him listed as questionable heading into the contest. With that in mind, there's a solid chance his Wednesday limitations were maintenance-related. Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) logged a 'DNP' on Wednesday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the duo won't be available for this weekend's game against the Raiders.
Dec 22, 2021 4:24 PM EST
Williams recorded 15 rushes for 72 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals. He added four receptions for nine yards.
Analysis: Williams had another productive game as a rusher, averaging 4.8 yards per carry with big gains of 14 and 10 yards. Despite his explosiveness, the Broncos have continued to split the backfield exactly evenly between he and Melvin Gordon. One area where Williams has gained extra usage is in the passing game, as he's now recorded at least three receptions in three of his last four games. All told, Williams has played particularly well of late, but there is little indication that the Broncos plan to turn over all -- or even a majority -- of the backfield work to him.
Dec 19, 2021 5:42 PM EST
Williams (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The standout rookie running back was described as likely to play Saturday, and that prognosis has proven to be correct. Backfield mate Melvin Gordon (hip/thumb) is also active Sunday, leaving the duo to likely operate in their usual highly effective timeshare against a Bengals defense allowing an NFL-low 81.3 rushing yards per game on the road.
Dec 19, 2021 11:42 AM EST
Williams (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Williams carries a questionable designation ahead of Sunday's matchup. He was unable to practice Thursday but was a limited participant Wednesday and Friday. Coach Vic Fangio told reporters Friday that Williams isn't expected to have any limitations against the Bengals on Sunday. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) is also expected to be available in Week 15, so the two running backs should operate in their usual timeshare in the backfield.
Dec 18, 2021 9:14 PM EST
Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after returning to a limited practice Friday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Fellow running back Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) is also listed as questionable for the contest after practicing in a limited fashion this past week, but it's worth noting that coach Vic Fangio previously told reporters that Williams was "fine" and wouldn't have any limitations this weekend. That said it will still be worth confirming the duo's availability in advance of Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff, but assuming both backs are active, they'll continue to work in a backfield timeshare, one that resulted in Williams (73 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards, two touchdowns) and Gordon (111 rushing yards, two touchdowns) posting fantasy relevant numbers in Denver's 38-10 win over the Lions in Week 14.
Dec 17, 2021 1:23 PM EST
Williams (knee) returned to practice Friday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Analysis: Though Williams was held out of practice Thursday, head coach Vic Fangio expects the running back to play Sunday against the Bengals. Friday's final injury report will reveal whether Williams and/or Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) head into the weekend with a Week 15 injury designation.
Dec 17, 2021 11:13 AM EST
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