Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Running Back #31
Team: Washington Redskins
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 220 lb.
College:Arkansas
Age:27
Born:February 2, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 5 (156)
Draft Team:BUF

Jonathan Williams: 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.

January 11, 2021 4:34 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

December 31, 2020 9:35 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

December 24, 2020 4:31 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

December 8, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

December 2, 2020 8:09 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

November 4, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

October 30, 2020 3:14 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

October 2, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: 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.

September 22, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Back to active roster

Williams reverted to the Lions' practice squad.

Analysis: Williams was brought up to the active roster for Week 1's divisional showdown against the Bears, but the running back was ultimately a healthy scratch. The Lions have plenty of backfield depth, so Williams will struggle to climb the team's depth chart.

September 15, 2020 5:12 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Inactive for season opener

Williams is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Williams was promoted to the Lions' active roster Saturday, but he will not immediately suit up for the team. He slots in sixth in the depth chart, so it's unlikely he will play a key role in the Lions' offense anytime soon.

September 13, 2020 8:48 AM EST

Jonathan Williams: Promoted to active roster

Williams was promoted to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Williams was cut by the Lions late in training camp but re-joined the team's practice squad. He's now on the 55-man active roster, but isn't likely to have any role given the depth of the Lions' backfield.

September 12, 2020 1:27 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Released by Lions

Williams was released by the Lions on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old castoff never really had a chance to make an impression with the Lions and thus will see another stint on free agency. Williams has seen time with four different rosters since being drafted in the fifth round by the Bills in 2016.

September 5, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Jonathan Williams: Signs with Detroit

Williams inked a contract with the Lions on Monday.

Analysis: The 26-year-old failed to earn another contract with the Colts heading into 2020 after he rushed for 235 yards and a touchdown on 49 carries this past season. The Lions have drafted running backs in the second round in the past two drafts in Kerryon Johnson (2018) and D'Andre Swift (2020), so it's unlikely that Williams will see any meaningful time in 2020 with the team barring injuries.

August 17, 2020 4:11 PM EST

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

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