Kyren Williams

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back

Kyren Williams News

Earns 44 total touches as rookie

Williams rushed 35 times for 139 yards and caught nine passes for 76 yards during the 2022 season.

Analysis: The fifth-round rookie's season was defined by a pair of injuries that kept Williams from unlocking his full potential. In June, Williams suffered a broken foot that cost him most of the preseason. Then, in Week 1, Williams caught the injury bug again with a high-ankle sprain that kept him off the field until Week 10. While Williams was given a fairly high snap share through the first few weeks after his return, a resurgent Cam Akers quickly sapped the usage rates of all other backs on the roster, culminating in Akers finishing Week 18 as the only back to see offensive snaps. Williams returns for his sophomore campaign as the current No. 2 back on the roster, but Akers has played his way into the clear starting role for 2023, which may limit the upside of the Notre Dame product.

Jan 13, 2023 2:00 PM EST


Dismal usage in loss

Williams rushed twice for six yards during Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Williams set a season low in snap count, with just three offensive snaps during a game where Cam Akers continued to rejuvenate his career with a stellar 19-123-0 rushing line. More concerning for fantasy managers, Akers is also taking over as the passing down back in recent weeks, an area where Williams was expected to excel. Williams has just two receptions for 13 yards in his previous five games combined, while Akers boasts eight receptions for 75 yards in the same span. The Rams will be looking to play spoiler to the Seahawks in the season finale, but Akers will likely retain his role as a three-down back, relegating Williams to a pittance of touches once again.

Jan 2, 2023 10:32 AM EST



Ineffective in limited playing time

Williams rushed six times for 18 yards and caught his only target for three yards during Sunday's 51-14 victory against the Broncos.

Analysis: Williams saw just eight snaps on offense, yet earned seven touches on those limited snaps. A second-quarter drive saw the rookie get his number called on three consecutive plays, highlighted by a seven-yard run up the middle. Williams was a clear second fiddle to a resurgent Cam Akers (23-118-3), and with the Rams wanting to give Akers the opportunity to claim the backfield for his own in 2023, Williams will likely continue to see little playing time through the Rams' final two games.

Dec 26, 2022 7:52 AM EST


Tallies just two touches

Williams rushed twice for seven yards in Monday's 24-12 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Williams only took the field for four snaps in another forgettable performance for the rookie, while Cam Akers tallied 100 total yards of offense between his 15 touches. Any optimism for a Williams breakout during the latter half of the season has been dashed with Akers reclaiming his role as the lead back, and a Week 16 matchup against an imposing Denver defense will make it a tall task to trust Williams in fantasy lineups.

Dec 20, 2022 8:24 AM EST


Four touches in win

Williams rushed three times for 19 yards and secured one of two targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 17-16 victory against the Raiders.

Analysis: Despite only seeing eight less snaps than fellow running back Cam Akers, Williams was utilized far less and also ceded playing time to Malcolm Brown. Akers did commit a costly fumble in the second quarter that squashed a lengthy drive for the Rams, and that coincided with Williams getting his first touches of the game on the Rams' first drive of the second half. The Rams get one of the softest run defenses in the league in Green Bay for Week 15, which combined with Akers having another lackluster rushing performance (12-42-1) may give Williams some hope for brighter days ahead.

Dec 9, 2022 10:10 AM EST



Sharp decline in playing time

Williams rushed three times for nine yards and failed to secure his only target during Sunday's 27-23 loss against the Seahawks.

Analysis: The Rams saw six different players record a rushing attempt on Sunday, and Williams finished fifth on the team in rushing yardage, only besting backup quarterback Bryce Perkins, who only took the field for a single snap. Cam Akers led the team with a 17-60-2 line and was on the field for 72 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps, compared to just 28 percent for Williams, who has seemingly fallen to the clear No. 2 role in one of the weakest offensive units in the league. This development makes it difficult to trust the rookie running back in fantasy lineups, with the Raiders next on the docket for a Thursday night matchup in Week 14.

Dec 5, 2022 8:19 AM EST


Modest numbers against KC

Williams carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards and caught all three of his targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 26-10 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: He saw the most carries of any Rams player, but both Cam Akers (37) and quarterback Bryce Perkins (44) produced more rushing yards on their totes. Williams did make up for it by tying for the team lead in receptions, however. With the Los Angeles offense in complete disarray, neither Williams nor Akers figures to have much fantasy appeal in Week 13 against the Seahawks -- even against a defense that just coughed up over 300 combined yards to Josh Jacobs.

Nov 27, 2022 7:37 PM EST


Expanded role likely

Williams is in line for more playing time in the Rams' backfield after the team waived Darrell Henderson on Tuesday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Williams had already staked a healthy claim in terms of snap counts prior to Henderson's departure, playing a total of 50 snaps over his first two games since returning from a high-ankle sprain, more than Henderson (38) and Cam Akers (34). The rookie has flashed some promise with some lengthy gains in limited rushing attempts, while also showing off his receiving chops with four receptions for 38 yards. The start of the Rams' two-man running back committee will likely see Akers take over as lead back after putting up a solid 61 rushing yards on just 14 attempts in Week 11, but with the Rams likely to be playing from behind often for the remainder of the season, Williams may be called on for his pass-catching abilities more often than not and may actually be the more desirable back to roster.

Nov 23, 2022 1:20 PM EST


Eight total touches in loss

Williams rushed seven times for 36 yards and caught one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Williams led the Rams' backfield in snap share, staying on the field for 35 snaps. That usage was more than Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson combined, and Williams used the opportunity to break off a 17-yard scamper in the third quarter that led to a Matt Gay field goal. While it may be hard to rely on any running back for the Rams from a fantasy perspective, Williams saw his playing time effectively double between Week 10 and 11, and the rookie may get more time to carve out a role with the Rams on the brink of a lost season.

Nov 21, 2022 10:34 AM EST


Three catches in season debut

Williams rushed once for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Williams didn't accumulate any stats until the final drive of the game, and only took the field for 16 offensive snaps. The rookie out of Notre Dame was able to showcase his pass-catching ability on the final drive with three receptions, and recorded 39 total yards with his limited usage. Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson combined for just 43 rushing yards on 12 attempts, and Henderson scored the only touchdown between the trio of running backs. The continued lackluster play of Akers and Henderson may provide Williams with more opportunities heading into a Week 11 matchup with the Saints, although it will be hard to trust any of the trio to have much of a fantasy impact with so many mouths to feed in the backfield.

Nov 14, 2022 10:25 AM EST


Set to go

Williams (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Head coach Sean McVay made it known Williams would make his debut following a seven-game absence. The Notre Dame product couldn't have made his return at a better time as the Rams' running game has struggled recently. Expect Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers to both mix in alongside Williams, who figures to be the team's top pass-catching running back immediately.

Nov 12, 2022 11:12 AM EST


Will be activated

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams will activate Williams (ankle) from injured reserve before Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Stu Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The transaction will need to become official Friday or Saturday for William to suit up Sunday. He's been practicing with the team since Oct. 26, after suffering a high ankle sprain on special teams in the season opener, and the rookie may now get his shot on offense given the unsettled state of the Rams' backfield.

Nov 11, 2022 11:34 AM EST


Could play this week

Coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that Williams (ankle) has a good shot to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams designated the rookie to return from IR on Oct. 26, opening a 21-day window where he can either be reinstated to the active roster or ruled out for the rest of the season. They technically can keep Williams out for another game and then activate him next week, but it sounds like McVay expects him to be ready by Sunday. The fifth-round pick makes for an interesting bench stash in fantasy leagues given the unsettled nature of the Rams' backfield.

Nov 9, 2022 1:34 PM EST


Still not ready

Williams (ankle) was not activated off injured reserve Saturday and thus will not play in Week 9.

Analysis: There was some optimism the 2022 fifth-round pick would make his season debut Sunday, but that will have to wait another week as the Rams opted not to activate the rookie Saturday. In his stead a combination of Ronnie Rivers, Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown and possibly even Cam Akers could shoulder a backfield load that has yielded very little results as of late. The Rams still have a little over two weeks left on the 21-day window to activate Williams before he's placed back on injured reserve for the remainder of the year.

Nov 5, 2022 11:03 AM EST


No decision yet on activation

Coach Sean McVay hasn't made a decision on if the Rams will activate Williams (ankle) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Such a decision may be contingent on Cam Akers' situation after he rejoined his teammates at practice Thursday following a two-game absence for personal reasons. If Akers is deemed to be a suitable part of the game plan and the team believes another week will get Williams that much healthier, the latter may not return to the active roster by Saturday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. However, in the event Williams is activated and available this weekend, he'll join some combination of Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown, Akers and practice squad member Ronnie Rivers out of the backfield.

Nov 4, 2022 11:45 AM EST


Could return from IR for Week 9

Coach Sean McVay said Monday that Williams (ankle) may be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams has been recovering from a high-ankle sprain that he sustained Week 1 and resided on IR since then. After the Rams designated him to return last Wednesday, he managed a pregame workout before this past Sunday's loss to the 49ers. With Cam Akers (personal) on the trade block, the composition of L.A.'s backfield is up in the air at the moment, with all of Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown and practice squad member Ronnie Rivers getting in the mix Week 8. If Williams is able to join them Week 9, he could play an immediate role on passing downs.

Oct 31, 2022 4:42 PM EST


Not quite ready to play

Though Williams (ankle) won't play Sunday against the 49ers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic relays that the running back was spotted "getting a pretty good workout in down on the field" prior to the contest.

Analysis: The Rams designated Williams (ankle) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, but the running back isn't quite ready to suit up at this stage. However, Sunday's report suggests that he's trending in the right direction and it's possible that Williams could be activated ahead of next weekend's game against the Buccaneers.

Oct 30, 2022 11:32 AM EST


Not expected to play this week

Coach Sean McVay suggested Friday (ankle) that Williams won't be activated for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams was designated Wednesday to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day window for the Rams to activate him or put him back on IR for the rest of the season. They may bring him back as soon as Week 9 at Tampa Bay, as the current backfield situation is less than optimal with Cam Akers still sidelined for non-injury reasons and a candidate to be traded. Darrell Henderson (illness) and Malcolm Brown figure to lead the way Sunday against the Niners.

Oct 28, 2022 12:15 PM EST


Back at practice Wednesday

The Rams designated Williams (ankle) for return from injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams suffered a high-ankle sprain on his only snap Week 1 and has been sidelined in the meantime. L.A. now has a 21-day window to evaluate the rookie fifth-round pick and determine when (or if) a return to action is possible. If he gets back on the active roster, Williams may be able to mix into the backfield behind Darrell Henderson with Cam Akers' (personal) status with the team up in the air.

Oct 26, 2022 12:16 PM EST


Return to practice looming

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Monday that the team may be able to start discussing Williams (ankle) return from injured reserve following Week 8, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams picked up a high-ankle sprain during the season opener and has been sidelined since. He was given a 6-to-8 week return timetable, so he appears to be right on track, though McVay's comments were far from definitive. Once Williams returns to practice, he'll have a 21-day period to be added to the active roster, or he'll revert back to IR for the remainder of the season.

Oct 24, 2022 1:45 PM EST


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