Williams received a $510,000 salary to join the Broncos' practice squad, more than quadrupling the $7,200 per week minimum, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports. The salary suggests Williams won't be kept on the practice squad for long, likely either joining the active roster or getting cut free entirely within the next few weeks. The 2016 fifth-round pick was one of the most surprising cuts of the past weekend, as it had been expected that he'd serve as the top backup to LeSean McCoy in Buffalo. The Broncos seemingly have a deep backfield with C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, De'Angelo Henderson and eventually Devontae Booker (wrist) in the mix, but nobody in the bunch is a safe bet to remain effective all season.
Updating a previous report, the Broncos signed Williams to their practice squad Tuesday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Williams was one of the most shocking cuts over this past weekend but he will now get a chance to extend his career as a member of the Broncos' practice squad. However, any team could sign Williams to its active roster, or the Broncos could promote the back if they suffer injuries in the backfield this season.
The Bills signed Williams to their practice squad Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Williams was among the more surprising cuts over the past weekend, as the expectation was that he'd enter the season as the top understudy to starting back LeSean McCoy. Instead, Buffalo elected to proceed with Mike Tolbert, Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones as their depth options in the backfield, but the team will still have ample opportunity to oversee Williams' development now that the 2016 fifth-round pick will have a spot on the practice squad. In order to secure Williams' services, however, the Bills had to shell out a $510,000 contract, a hefty sum for a player not on the 53-man roster.
Williams was waived by the Bills on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This might be the biggest surprise of cutdown weekend, considering Williams was expected to enter Week 1 operating as the top backup to LeSean McCoy. The 2016 fifth-round pick was limited to 27 carries for 94 yards in 11 games as a rookie, but he impressed this preseason with 21 carries for 121 yards. The Bills may feel comfortable with Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard behind McCoy, or perhaps the team has another move in the works to acquire a replacement running back.
Williams picked up 10 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against Detroit. Williams received the start and was busy throughout the first quarter before eventually giving way to Joe Banyard, who finished with 14 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. While Banyard may have played his way onto the roster with a strong preseason, Mike Tolbert is the bigger threat to Williams' backup duties, with the former Panther representing a proven asset on passing downs and in short-yardage spots.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||New York Giants||11||13.00|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||12.00|
|8||10/31||@Kansas City Chiefs||24||19.00|
|10||11/13||New England Patriots||32||32.00|
|14||12/10||New York Jets||31||28.00|
|17||12/31||Kansas City Chiefs||24||19.00|
|3 Year Avg||27||94||1||1||0||0||15|