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September 11, 2020 07:12 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Nine touches in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams logged seven carries for 23 yards and hauled in two passes for seven yards on two targets in the opener versus the Texans on Thursday.

While Williams was a clear No. 2 behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, no other running back even aw the field in the opener. This likely points to Williams taking over the lead role should Edwards-Helaire miss time, but he may not see enough action on a weekly basis to justify usage under normal circumstances.

August 28, 2020 09:56 AM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Working ahead of Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is emerging as the primary backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Early reports out of Chiefs training camp suggested DeAndre Washington might handle the role, but it's apparently been Williams subbing in for more work with the first-team offense. In addition to the benefit of experience in Andy Reid's offense, Williams reportedly has been the best blocker in practice, and he also has a history of handling some work in short-yardage situations and on passing downs. Of course, a role as the No. 2 back doesn't necessarily mean Williams would take on large workloads in the event of an Edwards-Helaire injury, as the Chiefs might instead opt for a committee.

August 12, 2020 04:36 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Competing for rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams appears to be competing with Darwin Thompson in training camp for a secondary role in the Kansas City backfield, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

After Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and DeAndre Washington are the favorites to handle most of the backfield snaps early in the year. However, Darrel Williams holds the advantage of experience in Andy Reid's offense, with his usage last season hinting at a level of trust to handle passing downs. It's possible there's a Week 1 role available for him, especially if the two newcomers are slow to acclimate during training camp.

June 23, 2020 08:56 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Facing competition for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams enters camp with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson, DeAndre Washington and Elijah McGuire all challenging for 53-man roster spots at running back, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

With Edward-Helaire and Damien Williams locked in and Darwin Thompson likely safe (he's in the second year of his rookie deal), a fourth (and likely final) running back spot may come down to Darrel Williams versus Washington and McGuire. Darrel Williams may have a slight advantage given his tenure and familiarity with the playbook, but the other two have more significant contributions under their belts over the last few seasons. This competition will likely sort itself out in training camp.

February 20, 2020 01:00 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Remains in fold for 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hamstring) carried 41 times for 141 yards (3.4 YPC) and caught 15 of 19 targets for 167 yards across 12 games before the Chiefs placed him on injured reserve in December.

Prior to being shut down with the hamstring issue, Williams had shown improvement in his second professional season, taking on a greater role on passing downs while also seeing action on special teams. Williams should be fully recovered from the hamstring issue by the time training camp arrives, putting him on track to enter the final season of his rookie deal in optimal health. He'll likely return to a similar depth role in the backfield in 2020, as both Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson remain under contract.

December 5, 2019 01:28 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs on Thursday.

Williams had already been considered doubtful to play in Week 14, which was confirmed by his absence from the practice field Wednesday. Now that he's on IR, and with Damien Williams dealing with a rib injury, the Chiefs' top healthy backs are currently LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware.

December 4, 2019 03:00 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: No practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Williams is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots. He would likely need to resume practicing in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a legitimate chance of playing Week 14, and his expected absence likely factored into the Chiefs' decision to sign Spencer Ware for extra backfield depth Tuesday. With Damien Williams (ribs) also not practicing to begin the week, the Chiefs could enter the matchup with New England with only LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Ware on hand at running back.

December 4, 2019 01:20 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Unlikely to play Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. "Darrel's injury, he had a hamstring and that didn't look very good," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "So, there's probably a pretty good chance he doesn't play."

Williams suffered a non-contact injury during the third quarter of Sunday's 40-9 win over Oakland, finishing with six carries for 13 yards and one catch for a three-yard touchdown. LeSean McCoy also scored shortly after Williams left the game, and Darwin Thompson then took over in garbage time with an 11-44-1 rushing line that all came on one drive in the fourth quarter. With Damien Williams (ribs) also hurting, the Chiefs signed Spencer Ware on Tuesday to add some depth behind McCoy and Thompson. It isn't clear if Damien will be available this week.

December 1, 2019 09:44 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Exits Sunday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams suffered a hamstring injury Sunday against the Raiders.

This had the look of an injury that will probably end the running back's day. With Damien Williams (ribs) already out this week, the Chiefs' Week 13 backfield is now down to LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson. Darrel Williams finishes the game with 13 rushing yards on six carries and a three-yard touchdown on his lone catch.

November 29, 2019 06:56 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Primed for larger role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams and LeSean McCoy are expected to handle larger roles out of the Kansas City backfield Sunday against the Raiders with Damien Williams (rib) ruled out for the contest, Adam Teicher of reports.

Damien played only 12 snaps in the Chiefs' previous game Nov. 18 against the Chargers before departing with the rib injury. A Week 12 bye wasn't enough for Damien to overcome the injury, so the Chiefs will likely turn to a tandem of Darrel and McCoy to shoulder the snaps and touches out of the backfield, just as they did following Damien's early departure in Week 11. In that contest, Darrel played 43 percent of the offensive snaps and logged 13 touches (11 carries, two catches) for 43 yards and a score, while McCoy took 40 percent of the snaps and gained 57 yards on 11 touches (seven carries, four receptions). After being inactive for the win over the Chargers, rookie Darwin Thompson should dress as the No. 3 team's option Sunday, but he's unlikely to have as sizable of a role in coach Andy Reid's game plan.

November 19, 2019 01:44 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Gets in end zone
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams rushed 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Chargers. He also caught two of three targets for eight yards.

Williams was forced into a larger role after Damien Williams was ruled out with a rib injury suffered during the first half, while LeSean McCoy left in the second half with a head injury. Patrick Mahomes actually led the team with 59 rushing yards, though nobody carried the ball more than Williams, who also punched in a six-yard touchdown. With the Chiefs now entering their bye week, McCoy and Damien Williams will have extra time to get healthy, but Darrel could be the beneficiary if they remain banged up heading into Week 13's game versus the Raiders.

November 12, 2019 09:20 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Three touches in Week 10
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wiliams rushed twice for six yards and reeled in his only target Sunday against the Titans.

Williams served as the team's No. 2 back Sunday with LeSean McCoy serving as a healthy scratch for maintenance purposes. Consequently, the second-year back saw a six-snap increase from the 11 he logged in Week 9. If McCoy is cleared to return next week, Williams should settle back into the third-string role.

November 5, 2019 01:20 AM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Totals just one carry
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams ran just once for one yard Sunday against the Vikings.

Williams was also targeted once in the contest, but he failed to haul it in and finished the day with a grand total of one yard. While he did see a two-snap uptick in playing time to reach double digits again, the second-year back remains stuck behind both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy on the depth chart.

October 30, 2019 02:20 AM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Single-digit snaps in Week 8
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams logged only nine offensive snaps in Week 8 versus the Packers, racking up just two carries for 10 yards.

Williams has seemingly fallen well beyond the other two backs at this point in the snaps race, seeing his lowest offensive snap percentage (15) since he played just seven percent of them in Week 2 versus Oakland. He doesn't exactly hold handcuff stash value in many leagues, either, as it would likely take absences from both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy for Williams to see a dramatic rise in usage.

October 20, 2019 10:12 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Minimal production again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams logged two carries for one yard and hauled in both of his targets for another five yards Thursday against the Broncos.

Williams has maintained a minor offensive role even after the return of Damien Williams, but it's not enough for him to warrant fantasy ownership as much more than a handcuff at this point. Still, the fact that he's basically matching Damien in snap counts indicates he could sport some fantasy value should one of the other two miss time.

October 14, 2019 08:24 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Makes only touch count
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams logged just seven snaps on offense Sunday against the Texans, turning his only touch (a catch on two targets) for 52 yards.

Williams' involvement was more than cut in half from the 15 snaps he saw last week against the Colts, likely the result of LeSean McCoy becoming more involved again. At this point, Williams is essentially just a handcuff option that isn't guaranteed significant reps even if either Damien Williams or LeSean McCoy misses time.

October 8, 2019 09:12 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Minimal role Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams logged just 15 snaps on offense and didn't receive a carry Sunday against the Colts.

Williams' drop in playing time corresponded with the return of Damien Williams on Sunday. It's worth noting that Darrel Williams saw as many snaps as LeSean McCoy during Sunday's contest, though coach Andy Reid indicated that McCoy will see more snaps when he figures out his pass-protection problems. At this point, Williams looks to be the third wheel in the backfield behind the other two.

September 29, 2019 05:44 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Scores first career touchdowns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams ran for 13 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and added 43 yards on three catches during Sunday's 34-30 win over Detroit. He lost a fumble during the contest.

Williams capped the comeback in the closing seconds of the game with a bruising one-yard touchdown, the second of the game and his career. Thrust into duty due to the knee injury to Damien Williams (knee), Williams has shown some ability as a receiver and had a nice 41-yard run last week. His value likely depends on the health of Damien Williams, but Williams looks like a quality play if it's only him and Shady McCoy in the backfield.

September 27, 2019 04:08 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Additional work expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is slated for more work out of the Chiefs' backfield with Damien Williams (knee) ruled out for Sunday's contest at Detroit.

With Damien Williams sidelined last Sunday against the Ravens and LeSean McCoy leaving that contest due to an ankle injury, Darrel Williams filled in ably, taking 14 touches for 109 yards from scrimmage while earning 54 percent of the offensive snaps. McCoy likely will start again this weekend, but it'll come after being listed as LP/FP/FP on Chiefs injury reports. No matter how many reps he receives, Darrel Williams seems capable of producing with Patrick Mahomes at the helm.

September 22, 2019 10:52 PM
Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Covers for Shady
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams ran for 62 yards on nine carries and added 47 yards on five catches during Sunday's 33-28 win over the Ravens.

A huge chunk of Williams' yardage came midway through the fourth quarter when he cut upfield on an outside run and gained 41 yards, getting tripped up just before he was able to head into the end zone. Williams was only able to get 14 touches due to Damien Williams' (knee) absence and Shady McCoy's (ankle) early exit. That he was able to gain 109 yards in relief is a testament to Williams' skill, the danger of any Chiefs back, or both. His viability next week in Detroit is obviously dependent on the overall health of the Chiefs' backfield.

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