Williams recently visited with the Patriots, ESPN's Field Yates reports. This doesn't look like much of a fit, with the Patriots in the market for a power runner to join a backfield that already includes Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. Williams is valued mostly for his receiving skills and special teams contributions, which would make him redundant on the current New England roster. The Patriots may just be gathering information in an effort to learn more about him for the future. Williams doesn't seem to have drawn much interest since the Dolphins gave him a one-year, $1.797 million restricted free agent tender in early March.
Williams signed a one-year, $1.797 million tender with the Dolphins on Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Williams will therefore be able to have any offer in 2017 free agency matched by the Dolphins. The fourth-year back recorded 35 attempts for 115 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, but fellow backs Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake will likely limit Williams' production going forward.
Williams rushed twice for five yards and caught three of four targets for 23 yards during the Dolphins' season finale Sunday versus the Patriots. Despite checking in as the No. 2 running back on the Dolphins' depth chart, Williams saw less carries than No. 3 option Kenyan Drake in each of the season's last three games. While it isn't clear if Drake is in line to take over Williams' spot, the gap between the two certainly appears to be shrinking. No matter, both players represent risky fantasy options for Sunday's postseason matchup with the Steelers.
Williams rushed five times for seven yards and caught two of three targets for one yard and a score during Sunday's 26-23 win over Arizona. The entire Miami ground game struggled Sunday and Williams was no exception. However, his role in the passing game did earn him another score through the air, Williams' third of the season. While he's now accounted for six total touchdowns on the season, his trips to the end zone are nearly impossible to predict, rendering him as more of a handcuff to Jay Ajayi owners than a standalone fantasy asset.
Williams gained one yard on his lone rush and caught both his targets for eight receiving yards Sunday against the Ravens. Williams continues to be sparingly used behind starter Jay Ajayi, so his lack of production Sunday was nothing new, and is actually what fantasy owners should've come to expect from him by this point in the campaign.
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