Williams was a healthy scratch in each of the Chargers' first two games. His release effectively clears room for the addition of TE Asante Cleveland from the team's practice squad and leaves San Diego with only two healthy running backs behind starter Melvin Gordon.
Williams latched on with the Chargers shortly after he was cut by the Giants during training camp, but he'll open the season fourth on the team's depth chart at running back. The former Boston College star could offer the Chargers some utility in short-yardage situations, but his inability to contribute on special teams might render him inactive most weeks unless another San Diego back succumbs to an injury.
Now in San Diego, Williams will look to mirror what he did as rookie in 2014. His lackluster 2015 season ultimately cast a shadow over his strong rookie campaign, but Williams could have the opportunity to prove his ability backing up Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead.
The Giants waived Williams on Saturday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.
A fourth-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Williams flashed as a rookie with two 100-yard efforts on the ground in place of an injured Andre Williams, but a mark of 3.3 YPC portended what was to come. While Williams couldn't even surpass 3.0 YPC (2.9 YPC, to be precise) last season, he could have made up for it with pass-catching chops. However, he's corralled only 19 of 40 career targets, and all of his previous concerns were confirmed this preseason with 3.6 YPC and no receptions. He may get another chance elsewhere, but the results to date haven't been inspiring.
Williams gained 15 yards on six carries and lost a fumble in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Williams is noticeably quicker after dropping 20 pounds in the offseason, and yet he may still find himself on the wrong side of final cuts. On the other hand, he also has a shot to serve as Rashad Jennings' top backup for early downs, with the potential to get some short-yardage and goal-line work even when Jennings is healthy. The Giants will ultimately have to decide between Williams' potential as a rusher and Orleans Darkwa's contribution on special teams. Williams did himself no favors Saturday, losing a fumble while producing just 2.5 yards per carry. Fifth-round rookie Paul Perkins, who is also in the mix for backup work, had just five yards on three carries.
|7||10/23/16||@ ATL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/27/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|2014||New York Giants||16||7||217||721||3.3||50||7||4||30|
|2015||New York Giants||16||0||88||257||2.9||35||1||1||11|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||16||7||18||130||7.2||24||0||1||0||6|
|2015||New York Giants||16||0||1||7||7.0||7||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||San Diego Chargers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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