Player Outlook
Williams joined the Falcons this offseason after spending one season with the Bears. Williams' prowess and track record in the pass game could lead to him carving out a passing down role in a wide open Falcons backfield, but his upside is capped by the return of Cordarrelle Patterson and addition of bulky rookie Tyler Allgeier. He'll be an unpopular player on Draft Day and is more likely to be found on waivers in-season.

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2022
2021 164 4.10 2 16 103 1 443.7
2020 0.00
3y Avg. 221 4.42 2 0 15 105 1 506.3
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  • Falcons' Damien Williams: Competing for roster spot

    Williams could be competing for a roster spot if the Falcons opt to keep only three running backs on their initial 53-man roster, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports. Kendall suggests that Cordarrelle Patterson, who led the team in rushing attempts and yards last season, and third-round pick Tyler Allgeier are locks to make the Week 1 roster. However, if the Falcons decide to keep just three running backs, then Williams will be competing for a roster spot with Avery Williams, who's converted from defensive back to running back this offseason. Kendall also mentions that if this is indeed the case, Avery's punt-return abilities would give him a decided advantage over Damien. Damien finished fourth in the NFL in yards after contact per carry (3.59) during his last full season (2019) and ended that campaign with 111 rushes for 498 yards, but he sat out 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns and saw just 40 rushing attempts last year with the Bears.
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  • Falcons' Damien Williams: Will compete for touches

    Williams will compete with Tyler Allgeier and Qadree Ollison for touches after the release of Mike Davis, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports. Williams agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons this offseason after serving as a backup in Chicago last year. Cordarrelle Patterson likely will lead the backfield once again, but the release of Davis and the acquisitions of Allgeier and Williams change the rest of Atlanta's running back depth chart. With Marcus Mariota at the helm, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Falcons feature a heavy dose of the run, so all four backs may get opportunities throughout the season, though Patterson certainly boasts the highest fantasy upside going into training camp.
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  • Falcons' Damien Williams: Going to Falcons

    The Falcons and Williams agreed to terms on a one-year contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Aside from opting out in 2020, Williams has earned work in each of the seven pro campaigns that he's been on a roster. Most recently, he turned 56 touches into 267 yards from scrimmage and three total TDs in 12 games with the Bears last year. He'll join a backfield led by Mike Davis (ribs) -- at least for the time being -- meaning Williams is poised to have some type of role out of Atlanta's backfield this season.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Scores fourth touchdown of 2022

    Williams caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 40 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns while adding 16 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown. After starting the season seeing work as a change-of-pace option to David Montgomery, Williams was passed on the depth chart by Khalil Herbert, and from Week 7 on, he saw very limited action. Although he technically has a low-salary contract in 2022, it's a void year, and the Bears would owe him nothing if they move on. Unless his situation improves dramatically, he'll be a depth option for fantasy managers.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Blanked in victory

    Williams failed to catch his lone target in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday. Williams hasn't received more than three touches in a game since Week 7, and he won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 18 against the Vikings.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Minor role in win

    Williams rushed once for 12 yards and had a two-yard reception in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. With David Montgomery carrying the load with 21 carries and nine targets, Williams shared the few leftover touches with Khalil Herbert. It's unlikely Williams sees an increase in work in Week 17 against the Giants, making him tough to trust in fantasy lineups.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Limited work in backup role

    Williams rushed twice for 13 yards while catching his only target for four yards in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday. In his return from a calf injury, Williams took over the backup role from Khalil Herbert, though it only resulted in three touches. With David Montgomery entrenched in a workhorse role, it's unlikely Williams earns a significant number of touches in the fantasy playoffs.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Making return in Week 14

    Williams (calf) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Packers. A full practice Friday has earned Williams clearance to return to game action for the first time since Week 8. He'll compete with rookie Khalil Herbert for the limited touches left behind workhorse David Montgomery, who was also cleared Friday after battling shoulder, groin and glute injuries during the week.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Still limited at practice

    Williams (calf) was able to log another limited practice Thursday. The 29-year-old practiced for the second day in a row, raising his chances to play in Week 14 against the Packers. Williams has been inactive since Week 8; if he's able to go Sunday, he will likely operate as the team's third option at running back behind David Montgomery (shoulder) and Khalil Herbert.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Ruled out against Arizona

    Williams (calf) won't play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Williams hasn't seen the field since Week 8. Khalil Herbert will continue to back up David Montgomery against Arizona, with Ryan Nall on hand for additional depth. A Week 14 trip to Green Bay will provide Williams' next opportunity to make his return.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Still absent Thursday

    Williams (calf) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice. Williams has been unable to play since Week 8 while dealing with the calf injury and appears unlikely to be active for the Bears' Week 13 contest versus the Cardinals. Khalil Herbert will continue to operate as the top backup option behind David Montgomery in the Chicago backfield.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Remains unable to practice

    Williams (calf) didn't practice Wednesday. On the bright side, Williams is now listed with only a calf injury after previously having a knee injury. He's looking to put an end to a three-game absence Sunday against Arizona, but Williams will likely need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a legitimate chance at playing.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Won't play Thursday

    The Bears ruled Williams (calf/knee) out for Thursday's game against the Lions. Williams has been unable to practice all week and will miss his third straight game. His absence has been cushioned by the return of David Montgomery (knee) from injured reserve Week 9, with the 24-year-old immediately reclaiming a lead role out of the backfield over the past two games. Behind Montgomery, the Bears still have sixth-round rookie Khalil Herbert, who held a significant role while Montgomery was on IR. Williams will target a potential return Week 13 against the Cardinals, but he may find himself third on the depth chart and without a real role on offense.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Still out for Tuesday's practice

    Williams (calf/knee) was out again for Tuesday's walkthrough. Williams was estimated as a nonparticipant at Tuesday's walkthrough, his second straight DNP to open the week. With the Bears playing the Lions on Thursday, it seems unlikely he will be able to play. David Montgomery will handle the lead back role while Khalil Herbert will likely operate as the primary backup in Week 12.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Sits out Monday

    Williams (calf/knee) was a non-participant at Monday's walkthrough. Williams was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Ravens, his second consecutive absence, and he was unable to take the field one day later. The 29-year-old will need to make some progress in his recovery over the next couple days to have a chance of suiting up Thursday at Detroit.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Won't suit up Sunday

    Williams (calf/knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens. After putting in a pair of full practices to close out Week 11 prep, Williams looked to have moved past his left knee injury, but a newer calf concern looks to be at the root of why the Bears downgraded him to doubtful Saturday. With Williams sidelined for the third time in the Bears' last five games, Khalil Herbert will operate as the clear No. 2 option out of the backfield behind starter David Montgomery.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Now doubtful for Sunday

    The Bears downgraded Williams to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens due to a calf injury, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports. Williams injured his left knee Week 8 against the 49ers and missed the Bears' last game on Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh. Following Chicago's Week 10 bye, he returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but he upgraded to full Thursday and remained as such to cap Week 11 prep. With his downgrade Saturday, Williams appears as if he'll be among the Bears' inactives when the list is released about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. In the event that happens, Khalil Herbert and Ryan Nall will be the RB options behind starter David Montgomery.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Back to full practice

    Williams (knee) practiced in full Thursday. After taking a seat in the Bears' last contest Week 9 at Pittsburgh as he tended to a knee injury, Williams came out of the team's bye week with practice limitations Wednesday. However, they vanished one day later, clearing him for game action Sunday versus the Ravens. With David Montgomery back in the fold against the Steelers and Khalil Herbert also on the case, Williams' eventual snap and touch counts remain up in the air.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Gets back on practice field

    Williams (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Williams sat out Week 6 while he resided on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and he also missed Chicago's last game Week 9 in Pittsburgh due to the knee injury. Even after a Week 10 bye, Williams' reps are still affected by the injury, but considering he didn't practice at all before missing his most recent game, he appears to be getting healthier. Williams has two more chances to bump up to full activity in practice before the Bears determine whether he carries an injury designation into Sunday's contest versus the Ravens.
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  • Bears' Damien Williams: Out against Pittsburgh

    Williams (knee) will not play Monday against the Steelers. Williams failed to practice all week, which will culminate in his second missed game over the last four weeks. Rookie Khalil Herbert had already surpassed Williams as the clear-cut starter over the past two weeks, but the possible return of David Montgomery (knee) from injured reserve could complicate the backfield situation somewhat. More information regarding Montgomery's situation, and by default Herbert's, should arrive sometime in the afternoon Sunday.
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