Williams rushed nine times for 38 yards, brought in one of two targets for four yards in the Bengals' 21-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Analysis: Williams got a chance for extended action with Joe Mixon (reserve/COVID-19) unavailable and Samaje Perine going unused in the finale. The third-year pro is unlikely to have any role in the Bengals' upcoming postseason run unless there are multiple injuries in front of him.
Jan 9, 2022 5:01 PM EST
Williams was signed to the Bengals' active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams has been elevated from the practice squad on two occasions this season. However, he'll now join the roster on a more permanent basis, which could mean bad news for Chris Evans (ankle) from an injury perspective. When active, Williams has played primarily on special teams, but he does have six carries for 13 yards.
Dec 4, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Williams was reverted to the Bengals' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Williams was called up to add depth to the Bengals running back group with Chris Evans (hamstring) unable to go Sunday against the Jets. Williams ultimately only played eight snaps, all on special teams. If Evans misses Week 9 against the Browns, Williams will look for another chance to play on Sunday.
Nov 1, 2021 6:37 PM EST
Williams is being promoted to the Bengals' 53-man roster for Sunday's game against the Jets, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams gets the call with Chris Evans set to miss the game with a hamstring issue. The 24-year-old is unlikely to see much work behind Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.
Oct 30, 2021 11:54 AM EST
Williams reverted to the Bengals' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Samaje Perine (COVID-19) was unavailable for Sunday's contest, so Williams was elevated from the practice squad and carried six times for 13 yards behind Joe Mixon. Williams could be elevated against Week 7 if Perine remains sidelined, though Chris Evans would likely continue to work as Cincinnati's top backup at tailback.
Oct 18, 2021 4:45 PM EST
Williams was elevated from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Lions.
Analysis: Williams will take over for Samaje Perine who will not be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Sunday's contest. The 23-year-old made a couple of brief appearances last season when Joe Mixon was sidelined, most notably tallying a 12-carry, three-catch effort as the de-facto starter in Week 14 against the Cowboys. The move essentially guarantees Mixon will be expected to handle his full workload, an important distinction considering he's currently listed as questionable with a nagging ankle injury.
Oct 16, 2021 10:11 AM EST
Williams was waived by the Bengals on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick recorded 157 yards on 26 carries and 30 yards on five receptions last season. Samaje Perine and Chris Evans will back up Joe Mixon to start the year.
Aug 31, 2021 6:07 PM EST
Williams (hamstring) rushed nine times for 44 yards, brought in both targets for three yards and returned one kickoff for 23 yards in the Bengals' 29-26 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: Williams needed to get out on the field Sunday to avoid missing the entirety of preseason and make a final case for a roster spot, and all told, he did well with the opportunity. The third-year pro was solid in 10 games last season, averaging 6.0 yards per carry on his 26 rushes and adding five receptions. Given his solid performance Sunday, Williams may have assured himself a roster spot, although rookie sixth-round pick Chris Evans, arguably Williams' biggest competition for the No. 3 running back role, did flash with a 29-yard touchdown reception against Miami, while backfield mate Jacques Patrick garnered 61 total yards in his own right.
Aug 29, 2021 5:19 PM EST
Williams (hamstring) will not face Washington during Friday's exhibition matchup, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams will miss his second straight preseason game due to a hamstring injury, making Aug. 29's match against the Dolphins his next chance to suit up. The 2019 sixth-round pick has reportedly put together a strong offseason, but he's facing competition from all of Samaje Perine, Chris Evans, Jacques Patrick and Pooka Williams for a roster spot.
Aug 18, 2021 10:35 AM EST
Williams injured his hamstring Thursday and won't be available for Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick reportedly is having a nice summer after struggling with injuries the past two years, but even if he gets healthy in a hurry, Williams will need to compete for a roster spot and backup work. Samaje Perine, Chris Evans, Jacques Patrick and Pooka Williams are the other backfield options behind Joe Mixon, with Perine and Evans seemingly the chief competition for Williams.
Aug 14, 2021 3:56 PM EST
Williams finished the 2020 season with 26 carries for 157 yards, including four carries for 74 yards in the season finale against the Ravens.
Analysis: Williams broke off a 55-yard run in the finale, but despite the big run he got very little work for the remainder of the game. Williams will be entering his third season in the NFL with little game action. With Joe Mixon signed long-term, there's not a lot of hope for Williams to earn a significant role with the Bengals.
Jan 13, 2021 11:03 PM EST
Williams rushed twice for six yards in Sunday's 37-31 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Williams played just six of 76 yards as the clear No. 3 running back. Meanwhile, Giovani Bernard posted 131 yards from scrimmage, while Samaje Perine recorded 136 total yards and two scores. Williams likely will be the odd man out in the season finale against Baltimore, a much tougher run defense.
Dec 28, 2020 12:37 PM EST
Williams carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards in Week 14 against the Cowboys. He added three receptions for 14 yards.
Analysis: Williams took over as the Bengals' lead back after Giovani Bernard fumbled on the opening drive. He was fairly effective on the team's subsequent possession, gaining 22 combined yards between receptions and carries. However, he fumbled the ball deep in Cowboys' territory and was subsequently benched for the rest of the first quarter. After re-entering the contest, Williams managed to lead the team with 12 carries and could see an increased role in Week 15 against the Steelers if Joe Mixon (foot) remains out.
Dec 13, 2020 3:53 PM EST
Williams didn't play an offensive snap in Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Giovani Bernard continues to lead the Bengals' backfield, while Samaje Perine operates as the clear No. 2 running back. Williams hasn't gained footing as a consistent contributor; he's played just 10 snaps on offense over the last four weeks.
Dec 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST
Williams played five offensive snaps Sunday in the Bengals' loss to the Giants, catching a pass for 13 yards and running once while losing two yards.
Analysis: The carry was one more than fellow backup Samaji Perine received, with Giovani Bernard getting the lion's share of work. It's not at all clear the Bengals are interested in seeing more from him the rest of the way.
Nov 30, 2020 10:42 PM EST
Williams played zero offensive snaps during Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.
Analysis: The 23-year-old received the first carries of his career last week against the Steelers (five rushes for 22 yards), but it was only a small burst of playing time in a blowout. Williams should continue to work in a reserve role with Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine handling the backfield work in the absence of Joe Mixon (foot).
Nov 24, 2020 3:41 PM EST
Williams had his first NFL carries in the waning moments of the Bengals' loss to the Steelers, rushing five times for 22 yards.
Analysis: The game was well out of reach when Williams got his carries in the fourth quarter, helping the Bengals tack on a Sad Field Goal at the end of the game. He received seven special teams snaps in addition to his five carries.
Nov 16, 2020 6:27 PM EST
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.
Oct 26, 2020 11:20 PM EST
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.
Oct 23, 2020 9:16 AM EST
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.
Sep 29, 2020 6:14 PM EST
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