Williams did not gain a yard on his only carry in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Promoted to the active roster before the game, Williams played behind both Alvin Kamara and Mike Gillislee in his Saints debut. However, wIth Gillislee falling flat, including losing a key first-half fumble, the door to playing time during Mark Ingram's four-game suspension may have opened a crack for Williams. The former Arkansas product will nevertheless be hard to trust for fantasy purposes in Week 2 against the Browns.
The Saints waived Williams on Saturday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
When Mark Ingram's four-game suspension was announced in early May, Williams was perhaps the leading candidate to serve as the handcuff to Alvin Kamara to start the season. As the preseason wore on, though, Williams was surpassed by rookie Boston Scott, who ultimately won the competition. There's a chance the Saints keep Williams around on the practice squad, but he'll first have to pass through waivers unclaimed.
Williams gained 37 yards on eight carries and lost two yards on one reception in Friday's 20-15 preseason loss to the Cardinals.
Following a 4-26-1 rushing line in the preseason opener, Williams operated as the clear No. 2 behind Mark Ingram in Friday's game. Boston Scott and Terrance West did eventually get some work, with the former taking six carries for 28 yards and the latter gaining 26 yards on just two carries. Alvin Kamara was held out of the game, helping the Saints get a better look at the players who might join him in the backfield while Ingram serves a four-game suspension. Williams seems to lead the group, but Scott and West won't go down without a fight.
Williams rushed four times for 26 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 24-20 win over the Jaguars in the preseason opener.
Williams' first carry didn't come until about five minutes remained in the game, but he certainly made a strong impact nonetheless. In fact, Williams' output all came on one drive, which he capped with a four-yard, go-ahead touchdown. That enabled the Saints to take a couple knees on their final series, and could earn Williams earlier action in next Friday's game against the Cardinals.
With Mark Ingram likely facing a four-game suspension, Williams may be in line for an expanded early season role.
Alvin Kamara is expected to see an increased workload while Ingram is sidelined, but Williams could also be a beneficiary if he impresses the coaching staff this offseason. Before signing with the Saints last November, Williams spent nearly the entire 2017 season on the Broncos' practice squad, though he gained 94 yards on 27 carries as a rookie with the Bills in 2016. Williams is expected to battle for depth-chart positioning with fellow incumbent running backs Daniel Lasco and Trey Edmunds, as well as rookie Boston Scott, who was drafted by the Saints in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The team could also elect to bring in additional veteran help this offseason.
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