Williams lost two yards on three carries in Sunday's 34-7 loss to Philadelphia.
Williams has carried the ball five times in the past three weeks and has no yardage. He was a lower-level player even after David Johnson's injury with just five offensive snaps on Sunday. It's probably safe to assume that those snaps will fade into oblivion with the arrival of Adrian Peterson.
Williams played just two of 86 offensive snaps in Sunday's 18-15 overtime win against the 49ers.
Williams received the first opportunity to be David Johnson's (wrist) replacement, but he's produced just 24 yards on 11 carries and 10 yards on his sole target over the last three games. Instead, head coach Bruce Arians has rolled with a combination of Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson the past two weeks, with Ellington primarily serving as a receiving back and Johnson filling a more traditional role. Barring another injury to the backfield, expect Williams to remain marginalized.
After getting the start in Week 2, Williams carried the ball once for three yards in Monday's 28-17 loss to Dallas.
Williams' carry came on his only snap of the game as Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson, and Elijhaa Penny all saw the field more on offense. It seems like Williams opportunity to fill in for David Johnson has already come and gone.
Arians has already described Williams as the "featured back" with David Johnson (wrist) out of commission, but the vote of confidence is perhaps more solid now after the Cardinals added Chris Johnson and D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster Tuesday. Moving forward, the pecking order will be Williams, then Andre Ellington, so the duo may form a traditional 1-2 punch. For his career, Williams has reeled off 5.4 yards per carry and four rushing touchdowns across 103 totes.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Kerwynn Williams will serve as the No. 1 running back during David Johnson's (wrist) upcoming absence, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.
Pending a second opinion on his dislocated left wrist, Johnson is tending to the same injury as rookie RB T.J. Logan, which was accompanied by an 8-12 week recovery timeline after surgery. If the preceding comes to pass, Williams is slated for a significant bump in relevance and should be able to uphold his end of the bargain. During brief stints with the Cardinals the past three campaigns, Williams averaged 5.6 YPC and scored four touchdowns on 98 rushes. Because he cannot mimic Johnson as a pass catcher, Andre Ellington will likely be the preferred option on third down and obvious passing situations.
|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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