|Ht / Wt:||5'8" / 206 lb.|
|Born:||October 18, 1997|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 6 (182)|
Williams was active for the first time this season Sunday against the Browns, but only saw action on two special teams snaps.
Analysis: Williams is in his second year with the Bengals, but he has yet to record his first NFL regular season carry. Even though the Bengals are 1-5-1 that still may not happen - after all, they didn't see fit to give him that chance last year as they were playing out the string.
Williams is expected to be active against the Browns on Sunday with Joe Mixon (foot) ruled out, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams has been a healthy scratch through the first six games of the season, but the Bengals now finally have a need to call upon the 2019 sixth-round pick's talents. Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine both appear to be operating ahead of Williams in the Bengals' backfield pecking order, however. The second-year pro is still looking to log his first NFL carry.
Williams did not register any touches during Sunday's 23-23 tie against the Eagles.
Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick is yet to make an appearance on the active roster this season, after suiting up for 11 games as a rookie. Williams remains in search of his first NFL carry after running for over 3,600 yards with 35 total touchdowns during his collegiate career at Texas A&M. Samaje Perine has so far served as the No. 3 running back for Cincinnati this season, but he has logged 61 special-teams snaps to only one offensive snap.
Williams appeared in 11 regular-season games with the Bengals in 2019 but did not record a single carry.
Analysis: Williams missed the first two games of his rookie season due to a foot injury, and he was limited to special teams upon returning to action. Cincinnati's backfield simply didn't leave the 22-year-old any room for opportunity behind Joe Mixon, as Giovani Bernard cleaned up the change-of-pace reps. The Texas A&M product isn't likely to carry much, if any, fantasy value to begin the 2020 season.
Williams is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams is making his NFL debut Sunday. He missed some games due to a foot injury and was held out due to coach's decision the last couple weeks. He'll likely have a depth running back and special teams role in his first game, and isn't likely to have much fantasy value unless there are injuries to the position.
Williams (coach's decision) won't play in Monday's game against the Steelers, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: The rookie out of Texas A&M has yet to make his NFL regular season debut, and will have to wait another week. The fact that Williams is sidelined shows he's a clear No. 4 option behind Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine in the Cincinnati backfield.
Williams (foot) is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday versus the Bills.
Analysis: Williams was extremely productive for Texas A&M, racking up 2,038 total yards and 19 touchdowns. He missed the first two games with a foot injury, and his opportunities will likely be few behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard.
Williams (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 matchup with the 49ers, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams was limited in practice throughout the week and had been questionable entering Sunday. The rookie running is near the back of the depth chart and isn't likely to see much of a role on offense when he does return to health.
Williams (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's clash with the 49ers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams was limited in practice each day this week. If the 21-year-old is able to suit up for Sunday's game, he would likely only provide depth for the backfield, which may be necessary for Cincinnati if Joe Mixon (ankle) -- who's also considered questionable for Sunday -- ends up sitting out.
Williams (foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: While Williams isn't up to full speed yet, it appears he's trending in the right direction. According to Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the team plans to dress Williams for Sunday's game versus the 49ers. He would add valued depth to the team's backfield since Joe Mixon (ankle) may not be able to play.
Williams (foot) participated in practice Wednesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams missed the season opener with this foot injury, but he's now heading in the right direction. According to Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Williams said the team's plan is for him to play Sunday versus the 49ers. Although he'd still be in a timeshare with Samaje Perine behind Giovani Bernard, Williams could see increased opportunities if Joe Mixon (ankle) can't go. Keep an eye out for Friday's injury report to have the final verdict on Williams' game status.
Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Analysis: Previous reports noted that Williams could be a week or two away from returning to action, which leaves Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine to head the Bengals' backfield in Week 1, at a minimum.
Williams (foot) is thought to be a week or two away from returning to action, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Look for the rookie running back to be officially ruled out for Sunday's season opener against the Seahawks once the Bengals' final Week 1 injury report is released later Friday. Even when he's available, however, Williams figures to initially slot in behind Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine.
Williams (foot) didn't practice Thursday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Analysis: Despite taking part in some drills on a side field Wednesday, Williams was listed as a non-participant on the Bengals' first Week 1 injury report, which extended into Thursday. It's unclear if he's trending toward inactive status Sunday in Seattle, but the Bengals should be able to get by with the trio of Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine as long as Williams' health is compromised.
Williams (foot) participated in individual drills Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams spent Wednesday's practice on the rehab field away from the team as he manages a foot injury from the second preseason game. The rookie sixth-round pick appears to be on track to being able to play Sunday versus the Seahawks, but he's still in competition with Samaje Perine for the No. 3 running back role and the team could dress just three backs for the opener.
Williams (foot) has added competition for backfield slotting following the Bengals' addition of Samaje Perine, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard remain atop the team's running back depth chart, with Perine and Williams next up in the pecking order. Who ends up serving as the team's No. 3 back has yet to be settled, but Perine could well be rejuvenated by reuniting with Mixon, who he teamed up with when the two played college ball at Oklahoma.
Williams (foot) is expected to suit up for Sunday's preseason finale against Seattle, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams appears primed for the No. 3 running back role in Cincinnati with Rodney Anderson (knee) believed to have suffered an ACL tear. The rookie sixth-round pick will likely contribute on special teams in addition to playing a reserve role behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard.
Williams (foot) was available to practice Monday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Analysis: Williams previously had already been declared for Thursday's preseason finale, so this isn't a shocking development. He might begin the year behind Rodney Anderson on the depth chart if he doesn't return to practice soon.
Williams (foot) will not play in either of the team's final two preseason games, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams suffered the injury during Thursday's game against the Redskins, and was unable to return. Head coach Zac Taylor continued on to say that the Texas A&M product could return for Week 2 of the regular season at the earliest. With Williams sidelined, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard will receive the bulk of work during Thursday's preseason game against the Giants as they prepare for the regular season.
Williams will not return to Thursday's matchup with the Redskins due to a left foot injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams was knocked out of the Bengals' preseason opener due to a rib injury, and has now been knocked out again with a separate injury. The seriousness of the issue is not known at this time, but expect an update on his status once more information is made available. He had accumulated four yards on two carries prior to exiting.
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