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RB Damien Williams - Miami Dolphins

5-11, 222Born: 4-3-1992College: OklahomaDrafted: ---

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He is listed as doubtful on this week's official injury report.

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General News (Fri Dec 15): did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 14): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 13): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Dolphins surprisingly traded away Jay Ajayi prior to Week 9, and it all makes more sense with every passing week. Second-year man Kenyan Drake has been a sheer revelation, explosive and ultra-productive through six semi-starts and averaging 5.11 yards per carry. Drake has made a habit out of ripping off huge chunk runs: he's produced 5 runs of 26+ yards, with 2 of those coming against the often-smothering run defenses of the Panthers and Broncos. All in all, he's significantly more of a weapon than passing down specialist Damien Williams, a marginal talent with a career 3.59 per-carry average. In the ground game, Williams brings little to nothing to the table and should be solidly behind Drake whenever he returns from injury. Drake, on the other hand, looks like an instant rejuvenation that Adam Gase probably wants to build his offense around. Even behind a marginal offensive line, Drake will boast a RB1 ceiling every week; his explosiveness is absolutely worth rolling the dice on his floor. The Buffalo run defense appears to have given up. A dominant unit to open the year, they've now allowed 146+ ground yards to a stunning 5 of their last 6 opponents, including two stuck-in-the-mud running games in the Chiefs and Colts. The Bills have also allowed more rushing touchdowns (18) than anyone in football, thanks largely to some shaky short-yardage defense. With a depleted front seven and a secondary clearly designed to combat the downfield pass, it's hard to expect much bounce-back from this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 vs TB 27 10 78 0 1 1 24 0 0 10.2
12 at NE 24 8 38 0 5 3 14 0 0 5.2
15 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
15 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
15 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 12 vs NE (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Damien Williams rushed eight times for 38 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards against the Patriots. Williams had been playing very well while splitting carries with Kenyon Drake but unfortunately suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out for at least next week. The injury looked serious and was reported as a shoulder dislocation. Williams had been the more effective back against the Patriots, showing nice vision on his carries and gaining positive yardage, something Drake struggled with.

2017 Week 11 vs TB (10 / 78 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Williams had a 69-yard run on the opening drive on a play where the Bucs seemed to all be downfield once he broke through to the second level. His lack of long speed kept it from being a touchdown. Williams had a nice gain on a reception, also created by an alarming amount of space in the Bucs defense. Otherwise, he was easily contained on his touches, including a fourth down attempt late in the fourth quarter that was stuffed.

2017 Week 10 vs CAR (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Damien Williams rushed nine times for 19 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 yards against the Panthers on Monday night. Although Kenyon Drake remains the starter, he and Williams split time evenly, and Williams actually had one more touch than Drake against Carolina. Williams runs with a natural toughness and absorbs hits without losing his balance, but he is also at the mercy of his offensive line as he is neither fast nor quick. His effectiveness comes on his ability to gain the tough yards that Drake cannot, and for this reason he is seeing time on all three downs and in the red zone. Williams is tough to bring down in space which is why he has been very good catching passes out of the backfield, especially when the Dolphins are able to spread out defenses and get him in one on one situations. The Panthers were able to dominate the Dolphins offensive line which is why Williams only averaged 2.1 yards per carry. Even on the plays where he was able to break off an arm-tackle in the backfield, there was always one or two more Carolina defenders waiting to take him down. He will continue to split carries with Drake, and will be an interesting fantasy asset as the season goes and more running backs miss time with injuries.

2017 Week 9 vs OAK (7 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 47 / 1 rec)

Damien Williams rushed seven times for 14 yards, and caught six of seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Williams has shown flashes of brilliance in preseason games, but has never been given extended opportunities during his time in Miami. He should split time with Kenyon Drake going forward, and he brings an element of toughness and rugged running that Drake does not have. Williams made his mark in the passing game, and had the play of the game on a 10 yard touchdown catch. He was lined up in the backfield and Jay Cutler ran a play action fake to him moving to the right side of the formation. Williams ran through the line and was uncovered in the flat. Cutler threw an accurate ball to his outside shoulder and Williams did the rest, cutting once to the outside and then running into two Raiders defenders on the sideline. It was quite a collision, and one that Williams came out as the victor, as the two Raiders defenders both went down while Williams stayed on his feet. He then dove into the end zone from two yards out for the Dolphins first touchdown of the game.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Miami's Week 15 injury report (Fri Dec 15, 03:43 PM) - Miami Dolphins OG Jermon Bushrod (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 15, and has been ruled out for Week 15. RB Damien Williams (illness, shoulder) and S Michael X. Thomas (knee) did not practice and are listed as doubtful. QB Matt Moore (foot) and CB Cordrea Tankersley (ankle, shoulder) were limited during practice and are listed as doubtful. DE Andre Branch (knee) were limited and are listed as questionable. CB Xavien Howard (illness) and DT Jordan Phillips (ankle) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. DE Cameron Wake (non-injury) and DT Ndamukong Suh (knee) did not practice but are not on the injury report. TE MarQueis Gray (shoulder) and C Mike Pouncey (hip) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Dolphins | Damien Williams doubtful for Week 15 (Fri Dec 15, 03:35 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams (illness, shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 15, and is listed as doubtful for Week 15.

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Dolphins | Damien Williams listed as limited (Thu Dec 14, 05:09 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 14.

Our View: This is still Kenyan Drake's job, so we wouldn't have high hopes for Williams if he does play. Avoid him and start Drake (if you have him) as a nice RB1.
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Dolphins | Damien Williams remains sidelined (Wed Dec 13, 06:06 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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Dolphins | Miami's Week 14 inactives (Mon Dec 11, 07:08 PM) - The Miami Dolphins have declared TE A.J. Derby, DL Cameron Malveaux, CB Cordrea Tankersley, RB Damien Williams, OG Isaac Asiata, OT Jermon Bushrod, QB Matt Moore inactive for Week 14.

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Schedule

15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Buffalo Bills