Damien Williams
Damien Williams
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
Out
Injury Ribs
Fri Practice: DNP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Picked up from the Dolphins last offseason, Williams had trouble staying healthy in preseason but still won the No. 3 RB job behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware. There he stayed for 11 games, playing 17 offensive snaps before Hunt's release pushed Williams into a prominent role. Over Kansas City's final five games, including two postseason games, Williams averaged 5.2 YPC, produced 100 scrimmage yards three times and scored eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving) --- a finish good enough to earn him a two-year, $5.1 million contract extension. While he doesn't have any standout traits, Williams fits the Chiefs offense well, as his receiving skills can keep him on the field in all situations and nimble feet help him keep his balance in traffic. The late addition of LeSean McCoy suggests the team might not view Williams as a true starter and will instead look to deploy a timeshare in the backfield (perhaps a prudent decision given his injury history) but even if Williams gets capped at 12-15 touches per game, he demonstrated in 2018 that he can be productive in coach Andy Reid's system with that kind of workload. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Chiefs in December of 2018.
Sitting out again Sunday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ribs
December 6, 2019
Williams (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at New England, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams has yet to practice since taking a knee to the left side of his ribs during a Week 11 win against the Chargers, even with the benefit of the Chiefs' late bye. He'll thus miss a second straight game while LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and potentially recent signee Spencer Ware man the backfield.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Damien Williams' 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
10.8%
 
Positive Run %
78.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
67.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.5
 
Rushing TD %
3.6%
 
Touches Per Game
11.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
37.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.10
 
% Team Air Yards
0.7%
 
% Team Targets
6.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
85.2%
 
Drop Rate
3.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.6
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Sunday, Dec 8th at 4:25PM
Overall QB Rating Against
45.8
 
Cornerbacks
45.0
 
Safeties
37.8
 
Linebackers
67.8
 
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2019 Damien Williams Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Damien Williams' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
224 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.45 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.37 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
30.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A backup in each of his first four campaigns, Williams drew the first four starts of his career during the 2017 campaign. However, he toted the rock just 46 times over 11 games total last season, making the majority of his impact -- 20 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown -- as a pass-catching back for the Dolphins. Charcandrick West filled that role for the Chiefs behind Kareem Hunt during the 2017 season and remains on the roster. Moreover, the eventual return of Spencer Ware from a PCL and LCL injury, along with with the signing of Kerwynn Williams complicates the team's backfield further. Williams, at best, will likely slot into a supplementary role for Kansas City in 2018.
Williams figures to open the season as the primary backup to Jay Ajayi. In three NFL seasons, Williams only has 87 rushing attempts versus 65 receptions, the latter of which signifies where his utility lies. Consequently, if Ajayi were ever to go down, the Dolphins may roll with a running back by committee rather than increase Williams' carry count.
With the signing of Arian Foster, Williams is still no better than third on the RB depth chart and will likely be fighting for a roster spot in training camp. In two seasons with Miami, Williams has only had 52 carries for 181 yards. Those hare hardly statistics that scream future starter. Still, a strong showing in camp could put Williams in line for a larger role this season, as Miami has more quantity than quality at RB at this point in time.
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent by Miami last May and did little to suggest he will be provide the Dolphins with anything more than depth at running back, something the team may no longer need due to the addition of Jay Ajayi in the fifth round of this year's draft. With Ajayi in tow, the Dolphins sport five running backs on their roster, possibly one more than they will carry into the season. This could mean that whomever performs best on special teams out of LaMichael James, Mike Gillislee and Williams will ultimately have the best chance at making the team. It also means that special teams could be Williams' biggest contribution to the 2015 Miami Dolphins.
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent in May and will give the Dolphins some depth at running back but he's fighting an uphill battle to make the team.
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Not practicing Friday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ribs
December 6, 2019
Williams (ribs) wasn't spotted on the field for the early portion of Friday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
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Remains sidelined Thursday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ribs
December 5, 2019
Williams (ribs) won't practice Thursday, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
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Absent from practice
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ribs
December 4, 2019
Williams (ribs) isn't practicing Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Could return to face Patriots
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ribs
December 4, 2019
Williams (ribs) has a shot to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
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Won't play in Week 13
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ribs
November 29, 2019
Coach Andy Reid said that Williams (ribs) will sit out Sunday's game against the Raiders, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
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