Damien Williams

#8 RB / Chicago Bears / EXP: 7YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 225 lb Age: 29 College: Oklahoma Bye 10

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Receives four touches

    Damien Williams rushed twice for six yards and caught two passes for negative-two yards in the Chicago Bears' 20-17 win over the Bengals on Sunday.Even though David Montgomery ran for just 3.1 yards per carry on 20 attempts, Williams was only used a few times to give the starter a rest. After he saw 10 touches in the season opener, Williams' drop in usage may diminish hopes for fantasy managers that he would have a substantial role in the offense, though his usage could change on a weekly basis.

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Targeted five times

    Damien Williams rushed six times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 28 yards in the Chicago Bears' 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday.Williams played 43 percent of the snaps, though he saw a higher concentration of those when the game was out of hand. However, he was mixed in with David Montgomery while the game was in question, and he appears to be the clear No. 2 back who will get regular playing time to keep Montgomery fresh. With solid receiving ability, Williams offers potential flex value in fantasy leagues that award a point per reception.

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Does little in preseason finale

    Damien Williams carried the ball five times for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.Getting the start with David Montgomery resting ahead of Week 1, Williams made little impact and got stuffed for no gain on two of his carries, including on a fourth-and-1 from the Titans' 49-yard line. With Tarik Cohen (knee) still on the PUP list and looking iffy for Week 1 against the Rams, Williams appears set as the Chicago Bears' No. 2 running back to begin the season, but the downgrade in offensive environment will make it difficult for him to match the efficiency or production he displayed with Kansas City over the last two years.

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Draws preseason start

    Damien Williams rushed five times for eight yards while hauling in a two-yard reception in the Chicago Bears' 41-15 preseason loss to the Bills on Saturday.With David Montgomery sitting out, Williams served as Chicago's primary back with the first-team offense. However, with Andy Dalton largely unable to move the offense and the offensive line not creating much space, Williams was unable to get in a groove and was largely ineffective with his chances. Regardless, with Tarik Cohen (knee) still missing time, Williams should have a role as the backup to Montgomery once the season begins, and it's possible he sees work on passing downs.

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Impressing in camp

    Damien Williams has been a standout for the Chicago Bears during early training-camp sessions, with the running back impressing as a pass catcher in particular, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.While being used as a receiver, Williams has been able to create space against teammate Roquan Smith, who is one of the best coverage linebackers in the league. With Tarik Cohen (knee) slated to miss at least a few weeks to begin the season, Williams could be positioned to earn an increased role as a receiving back. He's already proven to be adept in that capacity, having caught at least 20 passes in each of his six years in the league.

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Slated for backup role

    Damien Williams could be a direct replacement at running back if David Montgomery misses time, Sean Hammond of the Daily Herald reports.When Montgomery missed a game in 2020, the Chicago Bears lacked a reliable replacement, but after averaging 4.5 yards per carry in 2019 before opting out last year, Williams potentially fills that void in the offense. In addition, Williams caught 30 passes in his last year with the Chiefs, so he also could see involvement in the passing game. Unless his projected role is expected to grow, he'll likely be a depth option who could be available on waivers after fantasy drafts have concluded for fantasy managers.

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    Bears' Damien Williams: Lands in Windy City

    Damien Williams agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.Williams flourished in an offensive system that Bears head coach Matt Nagy helped to define back during his time as coordinator for the Chiefs, and he worked with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor back in Miami. As a result, Williams should be an ideal fit in Chicago's scheme. It's worth noting, however, that neither Williams nor Nagy actually held tenure in Kansas City simultaneously. After the Super Bowl LIV star opted out of the 2020 campaign due to concerns relating to COVID-19 before being released earlier this month, he'll now move on to the third stop of his NFL career. Williams will likely mix in as a change-of-pace or backup option along with Tarik Cohen (knee), who's returning from a torn ACL. The presence of two backups skilled enough to warrant their own consistent touches could result in a decline in lead option David Montgomery's workload in 2021.

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    Damien Williams: Let go by Kansas City

    Damien Williams will be released by Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.Per Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star, Williams' release will save the Chiefs $2.175 million against their salary cap. The running back opted out of the 2020 season, but plans to resume playing in 2021.The 28-year-old, who logged 111 carries for 498 yards and five TDs in 11 games during the 2019 campaign, should catch on elsewhere as a depth back, but he has the ability to carve out a larger role down the road in the right team context.

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    Chiefs' Damien Williams: Expected back in 2021

    Damien Williams, who opted out of the 2020 campaign, is expected to return for the Kansas City Chiefs and play next season, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports.Williams and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are both expected to return for Kansas City in 2021 after both opted out of the team's 2020 campaign. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire coming off a solid rookie season, in which he managed 1,100 yards from scrimmage in 13 games, Williams looks likely to be No. 2 on the depth chart in his age-29 campaign, but he certainly boasts the skill set to succeed in a change-of-pace role. With Le'Veon Bell set to hit free agency, Williams' strongest offseason competition likely will come from Darrel Williams, who saw a season-high seven targets in Super Bowl LV.

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    Chiefs' Damien Williams: Opts out of 2020 campaign

    The Kansas City Chiefs announced Wednesday that Damien Williams will opt out of the 2020 season.Several players have already chosen to opt out of the 2020 season, but no player's decision to date has as significant fantasy implications as Williams'. With Williams slated to be unavailable this season, rookie first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire is now on track to serve as the undisputed top running back in the Chiefs' high-powered offense.

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