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RB Jonathan Williams - Buffalo Bills

5-11, 220Born: 2-2-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 5

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When the Bills didn't match the Patriots offer sheet to RFA back Mike Gillislee, the 2016 fifth-round pick was thrust into the clear backup role. He's a potential three-down back who could have went higher in the draft, but missed his senior season with a foot injury. The Bills have no other backups of his caliber and he would take over a strong running game if LeSean McCoy goes down.

Summary

During his rookie season, Jonathan Williams had some good moments, but buried behind LeSean McCoy, there weren't enough of them to make much of an impact. Do the Bills, who are committed to the run again this season, give him a bit more of a load? The question may come down to whether Tyrod Taylor ends up with the starting quarterback job or not. While Taylor isn't exactly Drew Brees in terms of production, he has the experience to survive if he has to throw the ball. Both Cardale Jones and rookie Nathan Peterman lack any reasonable amount of experience and if one of them gets under center, the run to throw ratio may become even more skewed, which could open up opportunities for Williams. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 64, 43, 48, 51, 55, 57, 58, 58, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 67, 48, 50, 53, 53, 57, 58, 60
RB Dynasty - 71, 55, 62, 67, 67, 68, 68, 73

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2016 BUF 11 27 94 1 2 1 0 0 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 81 * * 8 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 88 * * 10 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 60 * * 8 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 100 * * 0 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 218
RB: 67
Overall-PPR: 209
RB-PPR: 66

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Footballguys Articles

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2017 Schedule

1vs New York Jets
2@ Carolina Panthers
3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8vs Oakland Raiders
9@ New York Jets
10vs New Orleans Saints
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12@ Kansas City Chiefs
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17@ Miami Dolphins