Kerwynn Williams was released by the Saints on Friday, Charean Williams of CBS Sports reports.
Williams latched on with the Saints in camp this season, but he couldn't do enough to earn a roster spot. The journeyman will look to land another opportunity elsewhere prior to Week 1.
Williams signed a contract with the Saints on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The Saints waived/injured running back Matthew Dayes (undisclosed) on Thursday, so the team used the now-open roster spot to sign Williams. The Saints are fairly secure with their running back depth heading into the preseason, but Williams will still compete for a potential depth role with the team.
Williams was released by the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
After spending approximately one week on Tampa Bay's roster, Williams is free to search for a depth role elsewhere in the league. The 27-year-old did not play for an NFL team during the 2018 season and spent the previous four years in a depth role with the Cardinals.
Williams signed with the Buccaneers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams was released by the Lions on Thursday after signing a reserve/future contract with the team, but he's now on his way to Florida with Tampa Bay. The move is a reunion of sorts between him, head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who were all together in Arizona.
Williams was released by the Lions on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Williams didn't appear in a game for any team last season and then latched on with Detroit this spring on a reserve/future contract. It seems last week's addition of Maryland's Ty Johnson in the sixth round might have made him expendable. Williams will now try to find a roster spot elsewhere as teams fill out their 90-man rosters ahead of training camp.
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Thursday.
Williams did not play for an NFL team during the 2018 regular season after having served in a depth role with the Cardinals during the previous four years. The 27-year-old will work to show his versatility during the offseason and attempt to earn a backup role in Detroit.
Williams rushed for 23 yards on eight carries to go along with four catches on five targets for 27 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Falcons.
In his return from a head injury that knocked him out of the Chiefs' preseason opener last Thursday, Williams led the team in rushing versus Atlanta despite averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. Williams' versatility was on display as he battles for a reserve role at running back behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware (knee).
Williams was knocked out of Thursday's preseason opener against the Falcons with a head injury, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
The exact severity of the issue hasn't been revealed, but Williams has likely gone through the concussion protocol to check if that is in play. Despite appearing in all 16 games last season for the Chiefs, Williams has a less-than-firm-grasp on a 53-man roster spot with Kansas City. An extended absence wouldn't work in his favor, but getting fully healthy is certainly the first priority.
Williams is slated to sign a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams joins a crowded Kansas City backfield that is headed by Kareem Hunt and at least for now also includes Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, Damien Williams and Akeem Hunt. The 26-year-old Kerwynn Williams logged a career-high 120 carries for 426 yards and TD to go along with 10 catches for 93 yards in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017, but in his new context, Williams' path to touches is unclear in the absence of future roster trimming/fellow running back injuries.
Williams is working out for the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Despite starting six games for the Cardinals last season, Williams doesn't seem to be drawing much interest on the backup running back market in free agency. He'd merely compete for a roster spot in Kansas City, where Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware (knee) and Damien Williams (shoulder) are already on the roster. West ultimately may be a cap casualty, but there would still be ample competition for backup work, assuming Ware and (Damien) Williams make full recoveries from their respective injuries. (Kerwynn) Williams likely will have to settle for a contract around the veteran's minimum after averaging 3.6 yards on 120 carries and 6.2 yards on 15 targets last season.
Williams ended the 2017 season with 120 carries for 426 yards and one touchdown. He also tacked on 10 receptions (on 15 targets) for 93 yards.
Aside from TDs, Williams set career bests in sheer output on both the ground and as a receiver. The expanded workload was made possible by injuries to both David Johnson (wrist) and Adrian Peterson (neck). The latter set the stage for Williams' late-season run, which included at least 16 rushes in five consecutive games to close out the campaign. His YPC during that stretch (3.9) was acceptable enough and likely will spur the Cardinals to re-sign the unrestricted free-agent-to-be this offseason to serve as depth behind Johnson in 2018 and beyond.
Williams (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
In four consecutive starts, Williams garnered 47 percent (133 of 281) of the offensive snaps, averaging 18 touches and 77.8 yards from scrimmage per game. The breakdown of backfield roles hasn't allowed Williams to reach the end zone, though. Instead, D.J. Foster has handled clear passing situations and Elijhaa Penny (hand, groin) is the short-yardage back. Despite the reality of his situation, Williams will seek a breakout performance against the Seahawks' 18th-ranked run defense.
Williams (quadriceps/ribs) remained limited at Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Williams played through the same pair of injuries in Sunday's 23-0 win over the Giants, after managing just one limited practice during the week. Given that he was a limited participant at every session this week, he appears to be on the right side of questionable as the Cardinals prepare to close out a disappointing season with a tough matchup. Williams landed between 16 and 20 carries with 51 to 97 rushing yards each of the past four weeks, but he still doesn't offer a ton of upside with D.J. Foster handling obvious passing downs and Elijhaa Penny (hand/groin) a threat to poach goal-line carries.
Williams (quad/ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Williams seems to be healthier than last week, which he kicked off with back-to-back DNPs before practicing in a limited capacity Friday. After getting the all-clear to play Sunday against the Giants, he earned 16 carries and three targets on his 33 offensive snaps, racking up 65 yards from scrimmage in the process. Williams still hasn't reached the end zone since Week 1, but an upcoming matchup with the Seahawks, who have allowed the eighth-most TDs (14) to running backs this season, could be just what the doctor ordered.
Williams supplied 51 yards on 16 carries and reeled in two of three passes for 14 yards during Sunday's 23-0 victory against the Giants.
Williams has maintained a semblance of a ground game since Adrian Peterson was lost for the season due to a neck injury. Over the last four outings, Williams has averaged 18 touches and 77.8 yards from scrimmage per game, but most of his output has come between the 20s. As evidence, only nine of his 69 carries during that stretch occurred in the red zone, a region in which the Cardinals have become bogged down (two TDs versus 10 field goals prior to Sunday). With Drew Stanton taking over for Blaine Gabbert, though, the offense was able to parlay three red-zone visits into one field goal and two TDs, both of them throws to wideouts. Despite the lack of usage near the end zone, Williams won't be lacking for work Week 17 against the Seahawks, who entered this weekend with the 17th-ranked run defense.
Williams (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Williams sustained cracked ribs Week 12, but Adrian Peterson's placement on IR with a neck injury allowed the understudy to get another extended crack with the first-team offense. Over the last three games, Williams has settled in as the No. 1 running back, averaging 17.7 carries for 77 yards, but his first touchdown since the regular-season opener awaits.
Williams (quadriceps/ribs) is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Williams was listed as questionable on the official injury report when he was able to upgrade to a limited practice Friday after sitting out back-to-back sessions to begin the week. Though it sounds like he's not 100 percent, Williams should operate as the Cardinals' lead back if he plays. He draws an attractive matchup against a Giants defense that has surrendered 117.9 rushing yards per game and six rushing touchdowns over the past seven contests.
Williams (quadriceps/ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Giants, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Sidelined the first two practices of Week 16 prep, Williams was seen running hard on a side field Friday with a member of the Cardinals' training staff, according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic. Once the session was closed to the media, Williams fit in enough reps otherwise to be termed a limited participant. While his status could come down to the wire, he has a friendly matchup on tap versus a Giants defense that has allowed 117.9 rushing yards per game and six touchdowns on the ground to running backs over the last seven games.
Williams (quadriceps) appears to be practicing Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
With Williams absent from the prior two practices, it appeared the Cardinals might need to lean on Elijhaa Penny as their lead runner for Sunday's game against the Giants. Williams' return to practice Friday at least gives him a shot to play, though it's still quite possible he's no better than a game-time decision. Another update will be available Friday afternoon when the Cardinals release their final injury report.
Williams (quadriceps) isn't practicing Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Williams injured his quad in the second half of Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins, leaving Elijhaa Penny and D.J. Foster to split backfield work in the fourth quarter. Penny likely would serve as the lead runner if Williams were to miss Sunday's game against the Giants, with Foster potentially also taking on a larger role than usual. Bronson Hill, who was re-signed Tuesday, might also factor into the backfield equation.