Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Running Back #31
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 220 lb.
College:Arkansas
Age:26
Born:February 2, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 5 (156)
Draft Team:BUF

Jonathan Williams: Gets little run to conclude 2019

Williams was active for nine games during the 2019 season, finishing with 49 carries for 235 yards and a touchdown while adding five receptions for 59 yards.

Analysis: Williams' efficiency on the ground (4.8 yards per carry) and as a pass catcher (11.8 yards per reception) was impressive, but it wasn't enough for him to make much of a push up the depth chart over the final quarter of the season, when the Colts were at full strength in the backfield. In fact, a whopping 91.2 percent of Williams' total yards from scrimmage came in Weeks 11 and 12, when top back Marlon Mack was limited or withheld entirely due to a fractured right hand. Williams played just 18 snaps in the five games that followed, with Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins all working ahead of him. All three of those backs are under contract through 2020, so Williams may be inclined to explore his options elsewhere once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in March.

January 7, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Plays just one offensive snap

Williams didn't record a touch in Monday's 34-7 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Williams was the main beneficiary of Marlon Mack's absence due to a fractured hand, registering two straight games with 100-plus rushing yards, although he recorded just 14 yards in Week 13 sans Mack. The 25-year-old Wiliams crashed back to earth when Mack returned, as he's played just one offensive snap over the last two weeks, ceding rotational duties to Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. Williams is droppable ahead of fantasy championships.

December 17, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: No snaps on offense

Williams was active for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, but didn't have a carry or play a snap on offense.

Analysis: He played five snaps on special teams. With Marlon Mack back from a broken hand, Williams will move back to the bench. He had two games with 100 or more yards rushing in Week 11 and Week 12, but was benched in the second half in Week 13 and has apparently fallen to the bottom of the depth chart. He may not get many carries the rest of the season as long as Mack stays healthy.

December 10, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: Headed for decreased role

Coach Frank Reich suggested that Williams would be in line for a lesser role Sunday against the Buccaneers with lead running back Marlon Mack (hand) available to play, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "Not thinking a big pitch count," Reich said of Mack on Friday. "Even when he's humming, we don't hesitate to rotate those guys. We know Marlon's going to get the bulk of those carries. I'm anticipating that all four backs will dress. So it might be a little bit more of a rotation involved."

Analysis: Mack missed the Colts' past two games with the fractured hand, paving the way for both Jonathan Williams and Wilkins to see increased involvement on the ground. While Williams led the backfield in impressive fashion in the Colts' 12 loss to the Texans (117 total yards and a touchdown on 29 touches), he fell behind Wilkins in the pecking order in the Week 13 loss to Titans, finishing with only 25 total yards on nine touches. Reich suggested that Williams' decreased usage against the Titans stemmed from Wilkins having the hot hand, but both players probably won't be in line for more than a handful of touches apiece Sunday -- if that -- with Mack not expected to have any significant limitations in his return to action.

December 6, 2019 12:33 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Benched due to coach's decision

Williams did not touch the ball in the second half of Sunday's loss at Jacksonville due to a coach's decision, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "It was a little bit hot hand," said head coach Frank Reich. "There was more than one factor that went into it, but nothing negative in the terms of a general feeling that we have about Jonathan."

Analysis: Williams was called for a holding penalty early in the game which may have contributed to the decision. Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines split the workload at running back once Williams was benched. With Marlon Mack possibly returning this week from a hand injury and Williams' role in doubt, his fantasy value will take a big hit despite his 100-yard rushing performances in his two prior games.

December 3, 2019 6:49 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: Benched in loss

Williams had just eight carries for 14 yards and one reception for 11 yards on one target in Sunday's loss to Tennessee. He did not have a carry in the second half.

Analysis: Williams inexplicably took a back seat to Jordan Wilkins (11 carries for 47 yards) and Nyheim Hines (four carries for 22 yards and two receptions for 18 yards) even though he was coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances. It's not clear if Williams was hurt, benched due to a disciplinary reason or just pulled for poor performance. His benching will make the Indy backfield usage uncertain until Marlon Mack is able to return from a broken hand.

December 1, 2019 7:16 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Slated to start Week 13

Williams is in line to be the Colts' starting running back Week 13 against the Titans with Marlon Mack (hand) ruled out, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Williams provided generous dividends to fantasy owners who wise enough to stash him or lucky enough pick him up after Mack went down, as he rumbled for 104 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and caught all three targets for 17 yards in Week 12's loss to the Texans. He's in line to lead the backfield again, while Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins rotate in reserve.

November 25, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Shows well as lead back in loss

Williams rushed 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and brought in all three targets for 17 yards in the Colts' 20-17 loss to the Texans on Thursday.

Analysis: As expected, Williams got a legitimate opportunity to fill Marlon Mack's (hand) lead-back role, and he proved capable of the responsibility with a gutsy showing versus an active Texans front. Williams' long gain on the night was his 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, so he worked for what he got on the majority of his carries. With Mack potentially out again in Week 13 versus the Titans, Williams could certainly be in line for another hefty workload in that Dec. 1 matchup against Tennessee.

November 21, 2019 8:57 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: On track to fill starting role

The Colts plan to treat Williams as their starting running back for Thursday's game against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Passing-down specialist Nyheim Hines would presumably take on most of the snaps out of the backfield if Houston races out to an early lead that forces Indianapolis into catch-up mode, but Williams looks like he'll be the Colts' top option in the event a more balanced or run-heavy game plan is in place. Though coach Frank Reich mentioned earlier in the week that Jordan Wilkins should also benefit from a heightened role as the Colts proceed without Marlon Mack (hand), Williams seemingly earned the first crack to lead the ground attack after amassing a career-high 116 rushing yards in relief of Mack in the Week 11 win over Jacksonville. Rapoport notes that prior to Williams' breakthrough outing, the 25-year-old had already been angling for a bigger role after consistently impressing in practices earlier this season.

November 21, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Tabbed to help replace Mack

Coach Frank Reich said that Williams and Jordan Wilkins (ankle) would take on expanded roles in the Colts' running attack with Marlon Mack (hand) out indefinitely, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: After undergoing surgery to repair the fractured right hand he sustained in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Jaguars, Mack has already been ruled out for the Colts' Week 12 game against the Texans and will most likely miss a few more contests beyond that. Williams already took advantage of Mack's early exit Sunday, rushing 13 times for 116 yards and recording a 31-yard reception to help salt away the victory. That performance might be enough to give Williams an early leg up when it comes to replacing Mack, especially since Wilkins was inactive in Week 11 and now faces a short turnaround to overcome the ankle issue with the Colts playing the Texans on Thursday night. Nyheim Hines looms as another option in the backfield, but Reich suggested the 5-foot-9 dynamo would mostly remain in a change-of-pace role while Mack is sidelined.

November 18, 2019 10:10 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: Tops 100 yards on ground

Williams carried the ball 13 times for 116 yards in the team's Week 11 win over the Jaguars. He also added one reception for 31 yards.

Analysis: Williams took over duties as the primary ball-carrier early in the third quarter after Marlon Mack exited with a broken hand. While he managed a 16-yard rush and 31-yard reception prior to Mack's exit, Williams handled 10 of 15 carries after Mack bowed out. Williams' effort was highlighted by a 48-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter, though Nyheim Hines vultured the touchdown to close the drive. Mack has already been ruled out for the team's Week 12 contest against the Texans, creating the likelihood that Williams will see the majority of work out of the backfield.

November 17, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Healthy scratch Week 4

Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams dealt with a ribs injury while sitting out the first three games of the season, but he's now fully recovered. With Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins all healthy, it appears as though Williams simply doesn't factor into Indianapolis' plans.

September 29, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: Full speed ahead

Williams (ribs) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: After sitting out the first three games of the season, Williams is ready to gear up for Sunday's game versus the Raiders. He offers little more than depth behind Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins, but Williams may contribute on special teams.

September 25, 2019 2:35 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Sitting out Sunday

Williams (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Williams was a full participant in the Colts' final two practices of the week, but that wasn't enough for him to avoid a questionable designation heading into the weekend. Though his absence Sunday will be attributed to the injury, it's possible the Colts simply didn't have a need to keep Williams active with three other running backs (Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins) available for the contest. Williams' Colts debut will have to wait for at least another week.

September 22, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: Full practice participant

Williams (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Falcons.

Analysis: Williams was a full participant in Thursday and Friday's practices, so it appears he has a good shot to play Sunday. The fourth-year pro could be called upon for a respectable workload if Marlon Mack (calf) is ruled out, although Jordan Wilkins may be next in line behind Nyheim Hines.

September 20, 2019 1:07 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Practices fully Thursday

Williams (ribs) logged a full participation in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Williams was forced to miss Sunday's contest against Tennessee with a rib issue after being limited in practice last Thursday and Friday. Now healthy, the 25-year-old will return to his depth role in the Colts' backfield behind Marlon Mack (calf) and Nyheim Hines.

September 19, 2019 2:17 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Won't play Week 2

Williams (ribs) was ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Titans.

Analysis: Williams was a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, but he has still been ruled out. There's no reason to rush Williams back with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines prepared to carry a bulk of the workload while Jordan Wilkins can step in when necessary.

September 13, 2019 12:54 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Limited in practice Thursday

Williams (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Williams sat out Week 1 due to a lingering ribs injury and isn't yet fully healthy, but his limited practice session is a step in the right direction. If he's able to suit up versus the Titans on Sunday he'll operate as the No. 3 running back behind Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines.

September 12, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Not playing Sunday

Williams (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Williams was held out of practice all week while recovering from a broken rib he suffered in the team's second preseason game, so his absence doesn't come as much of a surprise. Jordan Wilkins (ankle) is considered questionable and would be the No. 3 back for the Colts if active for Week 1.

September 6, 2019 2:17 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Not practicing Wednesday

Williams (ribs) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Williams is still recovering after breaking a rib in the Colts' second preseason game. Even if Williams progresses enough to practice this week and play Sunday versus the Chargers, there won't be many opportunities since Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines are healthy.

September 4, 2019 1:56 PM EST

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