Williams will start Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
The Dolphins backfield is sans Jay Ajayi due to a concussion, handing Williams the initial running back reps. In three seasons, he's only managed 3.4 YPC, but his prowess as a receiver is notable, as he's racked up 65 catches (on 87 targets) for 578 yards and five touchdowns.
Williams contract is worth around $1.8 million for the 2017 season. He held out from signing for two months after he was initially tendered, but it doesn't appear as though he had any better offers. He figures to be the backup in Miami behind Jay Ajayi this season.
Williams has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Williams doesn't believe the $1.8 million he's set to receive is enough for his services. The problem is he has no other alternatives, as the Dolphins control his rights and are unlikely to make a bigger financial commitment for a backup running back.
Williams recently visited with the Patriots, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
This doesn't look like much of a fit, with the Patriots in the market for a power runner to join a backfield that already includes Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. Williams is valued mostly for his receiving skills and special teams contributions, which would make him redundant on the current New England roster. The Patriots may just be gathering information in an effort to learn more about him for the future. Williams doesn't seem to have drawn much interest since the Dolphins gave him a one-year, $1.797 million restricted free agent tender in early March.
Williams will therefore be able to have any offer in 2017 free agency matched by the Dolphins. The fourth-year back recorded 35 attempts for 115 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, but fellow backs Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake will likely limit Williams' production going forward.
|P3||8/24/17||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/17||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|10||11/13/17||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|