Jonathan Williams

Washington Redskins
Running Back #31
Washington Redskins
Running Back #31

Jonathan Williams News

No touches in season opener

Williams played one offensive snap and 12 snaps on special teams during Sunday's 28-22 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Williams appears slated to keep hold of the No. 3 role behind Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic as long as Brian Robinson (knee) remains sidelined, but while the starters remain healthy he doesn't carry any fantasy value. It's possible that Williams could see some situational short-yardage work in the future, but there's also no guarantee he receives a single offensive touch Week 2 at Detroit.

Sep 14, 2022 7:31 AM EST

Gets spot on roster

Williams has a spot on Washington's initial 53-man roster and could have a role early in the season if fellow running back Brian Robinson (leg) isn't available, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera said Williams is "very similar in style" to Robinson, who is uncertain for the early part of the season after he was the victim of an armed robbery attempt over the weekend. The Commanders also have Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic, but Williams might be the on they trust after Robinson to grind between the tackles and play in short-yardage situations.

Aug 30, 2022 3:43 PM EST

Works ahead of Patterson again

Williams took four carries for 12 yards and one catch for nine yards in Saturday's preseason loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson handled the first half, while J.D. McKissic (groin) was unavailable. After that, Williams worked ahead of Jaret Patterson, who took two carries for one yard and a touchdown. Williams also played ahead of Patterson the previous week, but it isn't clear the Commanders will keep a fourth back behind Robinson, Gibson and McKissic.

Aug 22, 2022 7:16 AM EST

Agrees to contract extension

Washington signed Williams to a contract extension Tuesday.

Analysis: The running back will remain with the team through the 2022 season. Williams appeared in five games in 2021, turning 17 carries into 79 rushing yards and a score while also reeling in four catches for 28 yards.

Jan 11, 2022 2:07 PM EST

Limited to eight snaps

Williams took two carries for four yards and caught two of three targets for seven yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Williams played only eight snaps on offense, one-third his total from the week before, even though Antonio Gibson missed Sunday's game on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Rookie Jaret Patterson was the clear lead back with 62 percent snap share and 17 touches, while Wendell Smallwood handled a lot of passing downs after coming up from the practice squad. Williams thus figures to close out the season in a reserve role Week 18 at the Giants, regardless of Gibson's availability.

Jan 3, 2022 6:56 AM EST

Should see more work this week

Williams appears poised for larger role this week with fellow Washington running back Antonio Gibson landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list two days before Sunday's game against the Eagles, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: ESPN's John Keim suggests rookie RB Jaret Patterson will start in the likely event Gibson doesn't play, but Williams and practice-squad player Wendell Smallwood could also have roles, potentially including snaps on passing downs. Williams has played in three games (Weeks 14-16) this season, taking eight carries for 30 yards and a touchdown while catching two of three targets for 21 yards. During that same stretch (the past three weeks), Patterson carried 17 times for 81 yards and a score but was targeted just once.

Dec 31, 2021 10:59 AM EST

Five touches in first game

Williams ran four times for 16 yards -- including a one-yard touchdown -- and caught his only target for 19 yards during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: With J.D. McKissic (concussion) expected to miss his second consecutive game, Washington signed Williams off the Giants' practice squad ahead of Week 14. The 27-year-old running back split time with Jaret Patterson in reserve of Antonio Gibson, and while the two backups shared similar yardage totals, Williams touchdown separated him from the pack. However, even if McKissic is sidelined for a third straight game, neither backup likely garners much fantasy potential heading into Sunday's showdown with the Eagles.

Dec 14, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Inked by Washington

The Football Team signed Williams off the Giants' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams spent time with Washington this offseason, and he will now provide the team with some backfield insurance while J.D. McKissic (concussion) continues to work through the league's protocol for head injuries. The running back appeared in five games for the Lions last year.

Dec 8, 2021 8:07 AM EST

Signed to Giants' practice squad

Williams was added to the Giants' practice squad Thursday, Dan Benton of USA Today reports.

Analysis: The running back was released from Washigton's practice squad Nov. 2, but has now found a new opportunity in New York. Williams has yet be on an active roster this season and that will likely remain barring any injuries.

Nov 18, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Released from practice squad

Williams was released from Washington's practice squad Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Williams latched onto Washington's practice squad after failing to make the initial 53-man roster. He will now have to look for a new opportunity after the Football Team replaced him with fellow running back Wendell Smallwood.

Nov 2, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Released by Washington

Williams was let go by Washington on Monday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams was considered a long shot to land on Washington's 53-man roster, as he firmly fifith on their depth chart. The question now is whether they will keep three or four running backs on the roster. The sixth-year back suited up for five games with the team last year. He accumulated just five yards on one carry.

Aug 30, 2021 5:04 PM EST

Lands future pact

Williams signed a reserve/future contract with Washington on Monday,

Analysis: Williams spent a short period of time on Washington's practice squad this year after he left Detroit. While this was a quieter season for the running back, he's had more successful years in the past, and has managed to score two NFL touchdowns so far.

Jan 11, 2021 4:34 PM EST

Gets practice squad spot

Washington signed Williams to the practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Williams has appeared in five games with Detroit this season, and he'll now provide emergency depth for Washington during the team's regular-season finale. The Football Team's top running back, Antonio Gibson (toe), appears in danger of missing another contest.

Dec 31, 2020 9:35 AM EST

No longer with Lions

Williams was cut by the Lions on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The Arkansas product was afforded five 2020 game appearances during his partial-season stint in Detroit, but he never gained much traction in the Lions' backfield. Over a combined 27 offensive snaps, Williams collected 26 scrimmage yards over five touches. A lost fumble Week 12 against the Texans may have cost him down the stretch.

Dec 24, 2020 4:31 PM EST

No touches in Sunday's win

Williams didn't receive a carry or a target in Sunday's 34-20 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Even with D'Andre Swift (illness) out of the lineup and Kerryon Johnson (knee) suffering an injury during the game, Williams was left out of the backfield rotation. Instead, Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times. Williams is emergency depth for Detroit, and that could have some value if Swift and Johnson miss more time.

Dec 8, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Gets opportunity on offense

Williams rushed once for five yards and secured four of four targets for 21 yards during Thursday's 41-25 loss to Houston.

Analysis: Williams hadn't seen an offensive snap all season before logging 21 for Detroit during Thursday's game, which was one less snap than starter Adrian Peterson but half of what Kerryon Johnson (39 snaps) saw. While all of these guys probably would've seen less playing time had D'Andre Swift (concussion) been available, it is notable that it was Williams on the field when Detroit was in hurry-up mode in the second half. Given the committee approach Detroit has been taking to the backfield, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if Williams saw another handful of snaps in Week 13 against Chicago, should Swift remain sidelined.

Dec 2, 2020 8:09 AM EST

Officially on active roster

Williams has cleared the COVID-19 protocols and is on the Lions' 53-man roster, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Williams signed with the team last Friday and is now officially a member of the active roster. The Lions cut Bo Scarbrough to clear up a roster spot. Williams enjoyed a moment of glory with the Colts last season when he produced back-to-back, 100-yard rushing performances, but he quickly fell back to earth and ended up playing just two offensive snaps over the final four games. He'll serve as depth in this backfield that's already divvying up touches to rookie D'Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson.

Nov 4, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Heads to Detroit

The Lions signed Williams to the active roster Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Williams made a pitstop on Detroit's practice squad earlier this season but was cut after just a week with the unit, inking a deal with Washington's practice squad shortly thereafter. The Lions are bringing him in as backfield depth now, but he likely won't be utilized much following D'Andre Swift's recent success and Adrian Peterson's ability to remain in the mix despite his inefficiencies.

Oct 30, 2020 3:14 PM EST

Inks practice squad deal

Washington signed Williams to the practice squad Friday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Lions cut Williams from their practice squad last week, but he'll have a new opportunity in Washington following news that Bryce Love (knee) has been placed on IR. Last season with the Colts, Williams rushed 49 times for 235 yards (4.8 YPC) and a touchdown.

Oct 2, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Released from practice squad

The Lions cut Williams from the practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: The Lions have a deep group of running backs on the active roster, so Williams likely wouldn't be able to secure a role this season. Backfield injuries have piled up around the league, so Williams should be able to leverage last year's impressive stint with Indianapolis into a practice squad or even depth role elsewhere.

Sep 22, 2020 2:36 PM EST

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