RB Willis McGahee - Free Agent
|6-0, 228||Born: 10-20-1981||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 23 (2003)|
2013 Week 3 vs MIN (8 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On six of Willis McGahee's eight runs, Vikings defenders met him at the line or in the backfield. The Browns offensive line did not generate much push for McGahee, giving him little room to display his downhill running style. McGahee received running room twice, recording runs of three and nine yards. McGahee was not involved in the passing game, and did allow a sack late in the third quarter. Overall, McGahee was a non-factor. One should expect him to improve statistically as he grows more comfortable with the Browns run scheme, however, not much should be expected from the 31-year-old if the lack of run blocking continues.
2013 Week 4 vs CIN (15 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee seems much comfortable with the Browns offense this week, and he seems to have come on as the Browns' primary ball carrier through two games. McGahee does not have much left in the tank, but he is easily the most physical of any of the Browns' running backs. McGahee looked similar to last week (8 carries, 9 yards) up until the Browns' touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. On that drive, McGahee looked physical and continually gained extra yards after hitting holds hard. His effectiveness on that drive set up Brian Hoyer's second touchdown on the goal line. The outside linebacker bit on a play action to McGahee on the goal line, leaving fullback Chris Ogbonnaya open in the end zone for six points. Willis McGahee received a goal-line carry in the first quarter; however, the left side of the line blew up as McGahee met Bengals defensive linemen 2-3 yards in the backfield. When the Browns need tough yards, it looks like they will be calling Willis McGahee's name. However, the days of Willis McGahee dominating the carries in a backfield seem to be long gone.
2013 Week 5 vs BUF (26 / 72 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The common observer would look at Willis McGahee's performance on Thursday and label him as slow and inefficient. While many times that may be true, McGahee was subject to externalities that affected his efficiency. McGahee received 26 carries due to an injury to Chris Ogbonnaya in the second quarter. A typical observable trend is that as usage increases, efficiency decreases. When a team gives a recently 31-year old running back 26 carries, one should not expect efficiency. While McGahee lacks any semblance of burst or speed in the hole, Willis does a great job finding holes and lanes when receiving the ball out of a single-back formation. McGahee has a nose for running lanes and excels when he can get ýdownhillţ, or in other words get through a running lane and use his physicality to gain yards after contact. McGahee's best run of the game came in the second quarter when he was able to find a running lane, hit the hole and get into the second level for 11 yards. Most other running backs would be able to beat the safety and speed into the end zone, but he doesn't have that left in his 31-year old legs. One reason that McGahee may have struggles with efficiency is because the Browns offensive line does not put McGahee in a good situation for success, as described above. For now, McGahee has established himself as the workhorse of the Cleveland Browns backfield. Effectiveness from McGahee cannot be a weekly expectation, but as long as he can receive 20-plus touches consistently (hardly a given), McGahee will continue to post solid yardage and touchdown totals.
2013 Week 6 vs DET (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee ran with authority against an otherwise stout Lions run defense on Sunday. As always, McGahee followed blockers well and pushed piles and drove defenders forward for extra yards consistently. On the Browns first drive, McGahee made a decisive cut up field on a zone read and bullied his way for 12 yards. Despite McGahee's effectiveness in the first half (8 carries, 33 yards, 3 first downs), Rob Chudzinski abandoned the run game in the second half. The Browns' running backs amassed only two carries in the second half, both Willis McGahee carries in the third quarter. This is something that Chudzinski also did in Carolina, and this is the third time in six games where the Browns have forgotten about the run game during a close game. The short-sightedness of the coaching staff was absolutely mind-boggling, and the lack of a running game killed the Browns in the second half. Overall, McGahee was well on his way to a solid performance before the Browns coaching staff mismanaged the game and put an end to the ground game.
2013 Week 7 vs GB (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee found holes well on Sunday, however, even when there was a huge running lane on the first play of the game, McGahee did not highlight the agility necessary to cut into the lane and burst into the second level. McGahee's lack of burst is especially devastating to the offense because the Browns' linemen are not very mobile in their run blocking. The only time that McGahee can pull off a significant run is when he can hit lanes while running downhill, with no change of direction needed. McGahee displayed this style of running more as the game progressed, with runs of eight and six yards in the fourth quarter. Regarding pass blocking, Willis looked overwhelmed at times. Overall, the Packers blitzed heavily, and the Browns pass protection looked muddied. In general, the opportunity for touches and scoring opportunities was not there for McGahee on Sunday, as the Browns trailed for almost the entire game. Willis McGahee is strictly a volume runner and failed to show anything more than slightly above replacement level talent on Sunday.
2013 Week 8 vs KC (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the Browns trailing for most of the game while facing one of the best defenses in the NFL, Willis McGahee's effectiveness was kept to a bare minimum on Sunday. The Browns offensive line struggled with the speed of the Kansas City linebackers, especially Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs feature one of the most dominant linebacking cores in the NFL, and that negatively affected McGahee's chance for success on Sunday. When given the ball in short yardage situations, McGahee shines. On two different occasions, McGahee bullied through a pile for a crucial first down. His best run was for 14 yards where he ran downhill and defense had to stay honest because of the improved second half passing game. When McGahee gets a head of steam, he can be a load to bring down and will consistently gain yard after contact. However, McGahee is not worth anything on an outside run or pitch, yet the Browns still try a McGahee toss at least once a game. With the Browns not reaching the red zone with consistency, McGahee will be relegated to ineffective stats between the 20s on a weekly basis.
2013 Week 9 vs BAL (21 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee looked washed up on Sunday. On numerous occasions, McGahee was given a running lane yet simply could not burst through it. Whenever McGahee receives the ball near the goal line, he runs straight into the line and gains little leverage or push on his way to a negligible gain. To compound that ineptitude, McGahee fumbled during the second quarter, which absolutely wiped away any positive gains that McGahee had made up to that point. At this point in his career, McGahee looks like a poor man's Michael Turner ˝ providing nothing that the Browns could not get out of most any other available running back in the league.
2013 Week 11 vs CIN (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
It seems like the Browns have decided to end the nauseating two month long Willis McGahee era in Cleveland. The Browns replaced McGahee after the first drive in the third quarter. McGahee had been ineffective up to that point, despite solid run blocking from the Browns offensive line. McGahee lacked explosion to a degree where safeties and linebackers would come all the way around the offensive line to make a tackle.
2013 Week 12 vs PIT (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee toted the ball only four times on Sunday. McGahee is a non-factor in the Browns offense and will likely face retirement after this season. At this point, McGahee is nothing more than the Browns short yardage running back.
2013 Week 13 vs JAX (14 / 57 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee showed the first signs of life that Browns fans have seen this season, putting forth his most successful game of the season. For what seems like the first time, Willis McGahee made it into the secondary on a carry. For being the pile of molasses that he is, McGahee still possesses powerful legs that churn forward and consistently gain yards after contact. This comes in handy near the goal line, where McGahee took his first carry of the game in for a one-yard touchdown. Another thing that McGahee does very well is recognizes his own weaknesses. McGahee usually cuts inside rather than outside when confronted with a defender, knowing that it is a losing battle if he tries to take the ball to the edge. In addition, McGahee recognizes his lack of speed and because of that, he hit holes hard ˝ wasting no time in gaining yards. Both of these qualities are redeeming factors in McGahee's game, and it is probably what is keeping him in the league.
2013 Week 14 vs NE (14 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee operated as the bellcow, but found little running room on his 14 carries. The Patriots run defense looked better than it had all season, although McGahee did them favors, as it's clear he's not as elusive or quick as many other NFL running backs. The run game also took a back seat to the passing game for much of the day. McGahee was knocked out of the game with an injury with a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, a situation that bears monitoring down the stretch.
2012 Week 1 vs PIT (16 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When Denver drafted Ronnie Hillman, many thought it signaled that the end of McGahee as a feature back was imminent. However, Hillman was injured and unimpressive in camp - so much so that he was inactive for Sunday night's game and Knowshon Moreno was the team's backup. With that depth chart, McGahee has this backfield much more to himself than anyone expected. While he may have lost the burst that allows many backs to score from anywhere on the field, McGahee's vision and agility in tight spaces still remain. His numbers may look pedestrian, but they came against a very tough defense on a night where Denver didn't possess the ball for very long. This offense won't be quite as pass-happy as the typical Manning offense was in his prime, so McGahee will get his chances. In fact, on the drive that resulted in Moreno's touchdown, McGahee had three carries for 12 yards. He was removed for rest. Moreno isn't likely to be taking many more goal-to-go opportunities from him.
2012 Week 2 vs ATL (22 / 113 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
It may seem like Willis McGahee has been running in the NFL for four decades now, but he looked like as good as any young superstar in the backfield for the Broncos against the Falcons. He was knocked down in the backfield at times early on, but from then he was given plenty of running lanes to take advantage of in the first half. And Boy, did he take advantage of them. McGahee's first big run came when he broke to the outside. He showed patience as he allowed his blockers to create a gap to the right-hand-side before bursting past Stephen Nicholas. McGahee gained 15 yards before Nicholas forced him out of bounds. That was a typical play for McGahee on the night. He was taking advantage of massive holes up the middle and to the right hand side of his offensive line. McGahee's touchdown run in the fourth quarter was all on him however. McGahee received the ball with around four yards between he and the endzone, he hit a pile of players almost instantly before powering the pile into the endzone for the touchdown. While the blocking was making it look very easy for the most part, McGahee's awareness and burst to repeatedly cut the defense apart is something that should be appreciated. Rarely did he make decisions that cost him yardage. McGahee was the Broncos' best, and most consistent weapon on the night. The Falcons may have played plenty of nickel defense, but that shouldn't be held against his performance.
2012 Week 3 vs HOU (12 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It is safe to say, both the Houston defense and the score of the game dictated McGahee's poor showing on Sunday. After opening the game with a long of 15 yards, McGahee never had a rush longer than four yards and ultimately was forced to leave the game in the 3rd quarter with a rib injury. There just weren't many holes for McGahee and after falling into a 20-point deficit; the opportunities disappeared faster than the space in the holes to run through. Both Lance Ball and Ronnie Hillman received carries in his absence, but neither is an imminent threat assuming McGahee can get back on the field soon. The injury did not appear to be serious.
2012 Week 4 vs OAK (19 / 112 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 23 / 0 rec)
What rib injury? McGahee showed no signs of the injury in week three, which caused him to miss the majority of the 2nd half on Sunday. Running with power and even some wiggle, McGahee did what he wanted as he averaged nearly six yards a carry. Frustrated by the success of the short passing game, the lanes really started to open up midway through the 3rd quarter. After a blocked punt by Denver, McGahee and the Broncos took over at the Oakland 18. Four McGahee rushes later and Denver had their 2nd TD of the quarter, a two-yard run by Willis. McGahee's best run would come on the following drive. Taking a hand-off from Manning out of the shotgun, McGahee burst through the middle, made a quick cut to the outside, avoiding one tackler and then another cut back inside before finally getting tackled 24 yards down the field. McGahee didn't only contribute in the run game on Sunday, as he caught all six of his targets. Only amassing 23 yards, it is still worth noting as four of the six were clearly designed swing passes (not dump offs when Manning was pressured) for McGahee. McGahee again sat out the majority of the 4th quarter, but only because Denver clearly had the game at hand.
2012 Week 5 vs NE (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
After playing well most of the game, unfortunately McGahee fumbled away any chances Denver had to make a comeback late in the fourth quarter. In addition, McGahee dropped a pass in the flat on a fourth down that stopped a potential scoring drive in the fourth quarter. For three quarters, McGahee was running through well-blocked lanes from spread formations and consistently gaining yards after initial contact. In the first half, McGahee was very much the sustaining element to the Broncos offense. He showed consistent patience between the tackles and lowered his head, finishing runs strong. No carry exemplified McGahee's effort and after-contact drive more than his conversion on third-and-one in the first half. Denver was down 7-0 at the time and McGahee's conversion sustained a drive that ultimately kept them in the game at that point. McGahee had two chances for potential touchdowns, both denied by the Patriots defense. He was stuffed on a carry from the 1-yard line and then stopped just short of the goal line on a big catch-and-run in the second half. McGahee received significant work even with Denver trailing most of the game, cementing his every week starter status for fantasy lineups going forward.
2012 Week 6 vs SD (17 / 56 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Most of the damage done by Denver was through the air while playing catch-up, so there wasn't a lot of opportunity for long gains on the ground. The Chargers did a very good job of hitting McGahee behind or at the line of scrimmage and prevented him from breaking very many long runs despite his 17 carries. He did manage to perform well in the passing game, though almost all of his yardage came on one 31-yard dump-off up the left side. All told, it was a very underwhelming performance and his fantasy owners should be happy that he was able to approach 100 total yards on a night where there wasn't much room to operate.
2012 Week 8 vs NO (23 / 122 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Despite being in the twilight of his career, Willis McGahee has achieved a level of consistency that has stretched over the past two seasons. Despite moving from a completely different system last year into this new Peyton Manning led offense, McGahee is still running hard and intelligently on almost every single snap. In this game McGahee was able to take advantage of a Saints' defense that was overstretched in the passing game and working with a shuffled linebacking corps(Vilma playing outside for first time in career). While he is a consistent runner from play to play, McGahee still had his positive and negative plays. A short touchdown run followed a long reception from Peyton Manning, before McGahee fumbled the football to start the next drive. Akiem Hicks managed to punch the ball free from McGahee just after he took the hand-off. McGahee was holding the ball tight to his body, but obviously not tight enough to ward off an excellent play from Hicks. It was the Broncos' 12th straight game losing a fumble.
2012 Week 9 vs CIN (23 / 66 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
McGahee has had a number of impactful games this season. This was not one of them. Cincinnati plugged up the interior running lanes most of the day and McGahee did not have much space for bigger gains outside the tackles. One of McGahee's biggest plays, a third down swing pass for a first down, was called back by an Eric Decker offensive interference penalty. There was more room in the run game in the second half as Denver stuck with McGahee through the minimal early gains. His best run came late in the fourth quarter, a third-and-short conversion, essentially salting away the win. McGahee still has full control of the running back workload going forward and a good bet for a touchdown more weeks than not.
2012 Week 10 vs CAR (14 / 56 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee was in many ways the engine of the Broncos' offense in this game. He looked very quick on his feet and made some outstanding cuts in the open field, making tacklers miss on more than one occasion. McGahee was always available on swing passes in the flat and ran tough between the tackles. The blemish on McGahee's day was his fumbles. In all, he fumbled the football twice. Both were excellent plays by Panther defenders, but McGahee must do a better job of being aware of what is around him. Although McGahee did not produce any big plays per se, his industry played an important role in the outcome and he may have scored if he had not been replaced by Ronnie Hillman late on.
2012 Week 11 vs SD (7 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
It was a frustrating scene for McGahee owners to watch. He picked up 73 quick yards from scrimmage in the early going, averaging nearly eight yards per carry on the ground and looking very spry in doing so. He was barreling over defenders right up the gut and looked well on his way to a huge game. But a hit to the knee courtesy of a Charger defender knocked him from the contest prior to halftime, and he would not return. He was quoted after the game as saying he didn't think it was a serious injury, but we will update you during the week as to his status. For what it's worth, rookie Ronnie Hillman filled in for McGahee and was far less effective, picking up 43 yards on 12 carries (3.6 YPC) - with 40 of those yards coming on two runs.
2011 Week 1 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
McGahee was workmanlike and heavily involved as a receiver, but he didn't have the moves or speed to do that much in the open field, and he didn't have the run blocking to do anything between the tackles on his carries.
2011 Week 2 vs CIN (28 / 101 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee ran with a tough and physical style in this game as he assumed the role of primary back with Moreno out. McGahee cannot hit the holes at the same speed he used to, but his instincts as a runner and his understanding of defender's positioning allows him to make cuts at the right time. He got the call on the goal line and powered it in on 3rd and goal with a little help from his blockers. In truth, McGahee was close to breaking a bigger run all game long, often only one man away from taking it for a sizeable gain. McGahee delivered a rock solid performance, running through contact and showing balance, vision and toughness throughout.
2011 Week 3 vs TEN (22 / 52 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 2 / 1 rec)
Willis McGahee had a solid day against the Titans despite a low yards per attempt. He was effective at pushing the ball forward for positive gains despite a Tennessee front seven intent on controlling the line of scrimmage. With Knowshon Moreno injured, McGahee has shown that he can still carry the load as a between the tackles runner. That said, he does not have much burst in the open-field and has to create much of his own yardage at the line of scrimmage as the Denver offensive line is not opening many holes for him. He also showed good instincts out of the backfield as a pass catcher. On his best receiving play, McGahee released from the backfield around the left side of the line. He found his way to the endzone and caught a quick 5 yard pass for Denver's go-ahead score. McGahee's most notable run play came in the fourth quarter as the Broncos were trying to add to their lead. He took the handoff on 4th and goal from the 2 and tried to run off-guard for a touchdown. However, the Titans defense read the play and stopped him short of the endzone.
2011 Week 4 vs GB (15 / 103 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
He is running very well and the packers are not an easy team to run the football against. He would wait for his blockers to push right or push down left and then cut it back where he ws into the secondary pretty quickly. He did get some nice run blocking from guys like Zane Beadles who had some very timely pancake blocks but it was the vision of McGahee and his ability to cut it back after his line cleared an area out that made him look even better. he had a 28 yard gain early in the game where he had a terrific block from Virgil Green and also Charles Woodson slipped on the tackle and McGahee found the open space and kept galloping along the right side line. Denver fell so far behind that is was not going to be a gigantic carry game for McGahee but he really made the most out of his touches. He should see continue to be the lead back in this offense for now.
2011 Week 5 vs SD (16 / 125 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee once again turned back the clock to his college days, as he was extremely effective running the football for Denver. It was made all the more impressive by the fact that for most of the game, he had almost no help whatsoever from the passing game to take pressure off of him. The blocking from the offensive line was solid, but a good amount of the yardage was attained because of nice individual effort by McGahee. He did a great job of cutting back against the grain several times, broke multiple arm tackles, and showed great burst once in the open field. On one particular second half run, he charged up the left side for 28 yards, breaking several tackles and dragging one would-be tackler for almost ten yards at the end to cap off the run. He also saw a goal line handoff of sorts when he was given a delay draw handoff on the first two point conversion attempt (which he converted). Considering Knowshon Moreno didn't see a single carry in the game, it's pretty safe to say that McGahee has a very firm grip on this job. It should be noted that if Tim Tebow is the team's starting quarterback going forward, that may reduce McGahee's goal line and short yardage attempts in general.
2011 Week 7 vs MIA (18 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
First of all McGahee could have a broken hand which if true is going to likely keep him out against Detroit next week so stay tuned to FBG for updates throughout the week. McGahee was running hard and did some good things for Denver early but he had a very bad fumble in the 2nd quarter that led to a Miami FG. He also was stuffed on a 3rd and 1 inside the Miami 30 yard line which forced a FG attempt that was missed. McGahee went down in the 2nd half and was replaced by Moreno and Lance Ball however prior to the injury he was getting all the touches in the running game. Miami did a good job of keeping him wrapped up for much of the day.
2011 Week 9 vs OAK (20 / 163 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee had the tale of two halves. First half he was held in check, amassing only 22 yards, but in the second half he was able to take advantage of the tired Oakland defense for 141 yards. McGahee ran hard in the first half but the blocking was not there for him. McGahee was questionable to play with a broken hand, but he rewarded his fantasy owners that started him with his best day as a Bronco. His first TD run came on a 60 yard run towards the end of the third quarter. His line opened up a gaping hole in the middle of the field, and the 30 year old veteran exploded through the hole showing he still has good speed. His best run of the day actually came on a shorter run in the fourth quarter, on about a 17 yard run. McGahee busted into the second level and ran over the safety who was trying to tackle him. The power and speed are still there for the veteran running back who may have benefited from the low carry totals he had the last few years in Baltimore. This was McGahee's 4th 100 yard game of the season.
2011 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee started off well, and with the game plan could have had a huge day if not for his injury. He turned a 7 yard gain into 12 by breaking 3 tackles in the secondary. He picked up 3 on a 3rd and 1, and looked poised to score a TD on their first drive...then the injury happened. He was running down the left side looking for a hole when it looked like his left leg buckled just a little and he fell to the ground. It looked like a hyper extended knee at the time and McGahee didn't return.
2011 Week 11 vs NYJ (12 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While McGahee was active, he didn't have any luck finding room to run on a stout middle of the Jets' run defense. McGahee was often hit at the line and rarely had a chance to make it to the second level.
2011 Week 12 vs SD (23 / 117 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee and Tim Tebow handled the ball on a combined 45 of the team's 69 plays from scrimmage, so clearly McGahee was a focal point of the offense. In the early going, Denver seemed to want to run on every play. McGahee looked good at first, but the lack of a threat from the passing game led to San Diego keying on him a bit more which clogged up the rushing lanes. After multiple stops, he came out in the second half and picked up 24 into the secondary. He kept running hard and it seemed like it was just going to be a matter of time before he broke another long one. In overtime, his patience was rewarded. Facing a 2nd and 6 from the San Diego 41 yard line, McGahee busted a 17-yard run up the gut, bursting through arm tacklers and easily getting Denver into makeable field goal range. Two plays later, K Matt Prater booted the game-winning field goal.
2011 Week 13 vs MIN (20 / 111 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee continues to benefit from the physical offensive game plan with Tebow at the helm. His day did not begin very promisingly, though, as he was swarmed under for a safety by DE Jared Allen and the Vikings' D on his first carry. It took McGahee and the rest of the Broncos' offense a little while to get started, finding a stout Vikings front playing with intensity early and forcing the aforementioned safety and a fumble by McGahee in the first quarter. By the second half, though, what began as a defensive struggle quickly became shootout, with McGahee getting into a real groove running between the tackles on the Broncos' first possession of the 3rd quarter. By the 4th quarter, the Broncos were gashing the Vikings D for big gains on a regular basis and McGahee was the primary beneficiary, making his biggest splash with a 24-yard run off tackle, bouncing to the outside and outracing the Vikings defenders to the right corner for the TD.
2011 Week 14 vs CHI (17 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
McGahee found no room to run against a very tough Bears run defense this week. He carried the ball 17 times but only managed to average 2 yards per attempt. There were no extra yards in the passing game for him either as he picked up just 2 yards on his only catch of the game.
2011 Week 15 vs NE (7 / 70 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mcgahee was absolutely unstoppable early in the game but had to leave in the first quarter with a tweaked hamstring and missed the entire second quarter. He also sat out most of the 4th quarter, but that may have been more a result of the game script than any injury. Still, in less than a half of play McGahee dominated the Pats. He had carries of 19 and 29 yards in the first quarter, getting through the first level on blocking, outrunning the linebackers and punishing the DBs that got in his way. He came back strong to start the second half with 5 and 6 yard carries through the teeth of the Pats D. He had a 9 yard carry called back for holding later in the quarter and did not see another carry with the Broncos down big.
2011 Week 16 vs BUF (15 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee had a great start to the game as he picked up 24 yards out of a shotgun formation on the Broncos second play from scrimmage. He also appeared to score a 5-yard touchdown on the same drive but was ruled down just short after a replay review. After the initial success, McGahee found much less room to run as the Bills started to stack the box and dare Tebow to beat them with his arm. As the Broncos fell behind in the second half, they seemed to give up on the running game and put the game in the hands of their QB. McGahee finished with decent numbers in the game and went over 1000 yards for the season, making him only the 2nd back in history to do it for 3 different teams in his career.
2011 Week 17 vs KC (28 / 145 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It's really quite amazing that as bad as the Broncos offense was, McGahee was as good as was. He didn't have much success in the first quarter because the Broncos couldn't keep control of the ball but he broke loose in the second. In the quarter he had 6 runs of 7 yards or more with several going for 10+. His powerful style along with great patience and hole selection was a beautiful thing to watch. He was just as impressive in the second half. On one play in the 3rd quarter he looked to be stopped for a 4 yard loss, juked a man, broke a tackle and ended up with a 5 yard gain. He slowed a bit in the 4th quarter as he got nicked up and could be seen breathing heavily from the workload. Even so, he was their only offense and finished with 55% of their total offense. Lance Ball- Ball was proof that it was not just great blocking that accounted for McGahee's totals as he did not have near as much success on the ground. He didn't have the same vision or patience as McGahee and often ended up running into a pile. Ball was better in the second half as McGahee got nicked up but then seemed to suffer an ankle injury as well and that slowed him down.
2011 Week 18 vs PIT (19 / 61 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee struggled to get anything going against a defense clearly keyed to stop him. Strictly a running-downs back at this point (as evidenced by his zero targets), McGahee is limited in what he can do. He's a straight-ahead back at this point in his career and doesn't create his own holes. He also had a crucial fumble in this game that led to Pittsburgh taking over near midfield and scoring the game-tying touchdown. It wasn't one to remember for McGahee, as he was clearly outplayed by his opposite number - Isaac Redman. McGahee, though, gets a chance at redemption while Redman and Pittsburgh are home until mini-camps.
2011 Week 19 vs NE (17 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Early on he consistently turned what looked to be nothing into 5 yard gains and big holes into huge chunks. He broke 3 tackles on his first carry to pick up 5 and followed that up with a decisive cutback for a 19 yard gain. On the next drive he was hit hard at the line on 3rd and 1 but bounced off the tackle and raced around the outside for a 17 yard gain. His TD was a power run out of the shotgun, running over 2 defenders up the middle and willing his way into the end zone. At that point the power back had 7 carries for 51 yards and looked like he may keep the Broncos in the game himself. The Pats really zeroed in on him at that point and he started getting hit at the line on almost every play. Still, he managed to bounce off tackles for a few 5+ yard carries in the second quarter but no one else on the team could do enough to sustain a drive. McGahee saw only 5 carries in the second half and cost himself yardage on 3 of them trying to do too much against a defense that was focusing solely on him.
2010 Week 1 vs NYJ (6 / -2 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
McGahee's night was one of mixed fortunes. On an early run, McGahee was far too indecisive in the backfield and as a result got wrapped up by several Jets defenders. The result was a poor fumble which the Jets recovered. McGahee redeemed himself at the end of the half when he showed good patience and decisiveness on his touchdown run at the goal line, going north and south quickly. A decent game from the former University of Miami product, but nothing more.
2010 Week 3 vs CLE (7 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee got a lot of work after Rice went out and the Ravens needed to protect a lead. He looked strong on his runs and cut sharply and effectively to get extra yards, but if he gets the start next week vs. the Steelers, it will be hard to recommend starting him.
2010 Week 4 vs PIT (14 / 39 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
While starting the game due to Ray Rice's injured knee, McGahee played a bit more than his typical goal-line role early in this one. He looked like a much younger version of himself on his 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter - making a couple of shifty side-to-side bounce-steps before accelerating the final few yards into the endzone. Rice was worked into the game as it progressed - cutting into McGahee's workload a bit. The biggest factor as to why his carries were as limited as they were is that he suffered what appeared to be a concussion in the 3rd quarter - a play on which he lost the ball to the Steelers. His lack of presence could have been what ultimately cost the Ravens this game had they not been able to score the game-winner late in the 4th. Down by 4 with about 3:00 to play, the Ravens had a 2nd-and-goal from the 8-yard line. They ran a draw play out of the shotgun with Rice, on which he gained 6 yards. After timeouts from both teams, the Ravens threw the ball on both 3rd and 4th downs despite only needing two yards. Had McGahee or LeRon McClain (also injured previously) been available, one would think the typically smash-mouth, physical Ravens would have run the ball on one - if not both - of those plays. Perhaps it was because of their respect for the Pittsburgh defense, but it could also be viewed as a staggering lack of confidence in Ray Rice to get the job done from in close against above-average defenses. A further reason to lean towards the play-calling being due to Rice as opposed to the Steelers' defense is that all-pro nose tackle Casey Hampton wasn't even in the game on those plays.
2010 Week 5 vs DEN (10 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee showed why he's perhaps the top backup in the league with a 30 yard dash for a TD in the 4th quarter. A defensive breakdown by the Broncos allowed McGahee to make one cut and just outrun everyone into the end zone. Then he finished out the Broncos with a number of solid, tough runs as the 4th quarter concluded. There is a drop-off from Rice to McGahee, but the reason that you probably won't see McGahee get traded, is because the dropoff isn't significant. McGahee could put up big time numbers if he does get called into service due to any kind of injury to Ray Rice.
2010 Week 7 vs BUF (11 / 64 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Despite having no carries last week for still unknown reasons, McGahee was productive for Baltimore on Sunday. He had a terrific 25 yard outside run early in the game, aided by some great blocking and offensive design. He was consistent at gashing Buffalo every time he touched the ball, in the passing game or rushing attack. His style and strength is inside runs, but he showed he could run away from defenders when given the ball in open space. On his touchdown run, McGahee really showed his true colors as a football player. He caught a toss with a large area of the field to work with, and could have easily outrun any Buffalo player to the corner of the end zone. Instead, he lowered his shoulder and attacked defenders, for the same result. He had a fumble when it looked like Flacco did not place the ball correctly in his arms and appeared to be just a freak accident.
2010 Week 9 vs MIA (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
He looked young, fresh, and ready to tear Miami up this past weekend. Nice stats for sure but he was blowing thru the Miami defense catching the football much the same as Ray Rice was doing as well. He was getting carries in the red zone and although he didn't score a rushing TD he had a receiving touchdown that was a thing of beauty as he broke thru many arm tackle attempts to try and bring him down. He showed good speed on that play as well. Overall a very solid effort for McGahee.
2010 Week 10 vs ATL (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee had 3 carries for 8 yards in relief of Ray Rice. His runs were all between the tackles and came during long drives. He also had one reception on a screen pass for negative yardage.
2010 Week 11 vs CAR (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -10 / 0 rec)
McGahee certainly has seen better days than his performance against the Panthers on Sunday. He couldn't seem to get anything going throughout the day, although to be fair, he was only given eight carries. He also caught two balls - both of which were for negative yardage (-4 and -6 yards, respectively). At this point it almost seems as if McGahee is an inconsistent roll of the dice deep-league flex play each week, although he's certainly a threat to produce some points on good days.
2010 Week 12 vs TB (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
McGahee was used sparingly and received only six touches in the game.
2010 Week 13 vs PIT (7 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee is only "highlighted" here to show how much the Ravens missed LaRon McClain in this game. Against most other teams in the league, McClain is simply a fullback with some skills, but the Ravens use him more against Pittsburgh than any other team. His injury last week vs. Tampa Bay played a role in this game. McClain won't break out for 100 yards and a TD, but he does help get those "lean-forward" yards to keep the Ravens on schedule. Injuries to him, Heap, and Mason all hindered the Ravens' offense in this game.
2010 Week 14 vs HOU (4 / 7 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee was once again utilized in short-yardage situations in lieu of Ray Rice. McGahee did convert a 1 yard dive for touchdown. On the drive, McGahee received four carries inside the Houston 20, further solidifying that he is the Ravens' red zone back. All four of his carries came on carries between the tackles. He does not appear to have the speed required any more to get to the corner, but that doesn't seem to matter as the Ravens interior run blocking is some of the best in the league.
2010 Week 15 vs NO (7 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee had some strong runs to spell Rice and helped keep the Saints defense on their heels. He broke multiple arm tackles on a long run and got the subsequent carries to get the ball inside the 10, but did not get a chance to finish the drive. He could get more work as the weather is getting cold and the Ravens seem content to go more conservative on offense.
2010 Week 16 vs CLE (8 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee had some decent runs in substituting for Ray Rice throughout the game, but never managed to break off a big one. Still, the backup ran tough and physical and finished his runs well.
2010 Week 17 vs CIN (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Perhaps we thought McGahee would get more action in this game, particularly in the 2nd half, but it didn't happen. McGahee got 3 touches, and showed his usual strength and determined running style, but wasn't used enough to make a difference in this game.
2010 Week 18 vs KC (10 / 44 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
McGahee had a scoring chance on the team's opening possession, taking a second down run up the middle for a scoring chance but instead getting stuffed by the Chiefs. Apparently all he needed was a little breathing room, because his next significant carry came late in the fourth quarter. With the Ravens trying to run out the clock and holding the ball on fourth down at the 25 yard line, Ray Rice gave way to McGahee for the fourth and one run. Rather than simply picking up the first down, McGahee instead chose to do his best Marshawn Lynch impression, bursting through the line for the first down and churning his legs for quite a few more yards after the fact. He was grabbed by two Kansas City defenders inside the ten yard line, but he simply kept his feet moving and dragged the would-be tacklers for the last eight or nine yards of the run and on into the end zone for the touchdown.
2009 Week 1 vs KC (10 / 44 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)
Rumors of McGahee's demise are apparently exaggerated. His main workload came within the Red Zone for the Ravens, as he found the end zone twice for Baltimore against Kansas City in Week 1. His touchdown catch was far from designed (it looked like a goal line pass play to Todd Heap) but with Flacco scrambling McGahee found open spaces in the left flat and caught an easy touchdown. McGahee finished the game with a touchdown plunge late to cap a two touchdown afternoon. He will not get many touches behind Ray Rice, but if he gets goal line work his value should skyrocket.
2009 Week 2 vs SD (15 / 79 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee is experiencing something of a renaissance season. After whispers in the preseason that his role was going to be relegated to bystander or maybe short yardage runner, he instead saw 15 of the 27 running back carries in the game for Baltimore. Perhaps most importantly, he saw the goal line looks as well, and converted both of them into scores. He looked strong on just about every run, and almost never went down on first contact. McGahee proved very adept at finding the holes in the defense, and the blocking up front provided him with plenty of options.
2009 Week 3 vs CLE (7 / 67 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee had only seven carries, but nearly all were high leverage carries inside the red zone. He ran hard through massive holes, then broke tackles by Cleveland defensive backs who seemed disinterested in wrapping him up. He looked as quick as ever to the hole and showed good straight line speed on a long 34 yard run after reaching open space.
2009 Week 4 vs NE (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)
McGahee was marginalized in the game plan because the Ravens were trailing, but he salvaged his fantasy day when Pierre Woods fell down trying to cover him in the red zone, and Joe Flacco found him for a TD.
2009 Week 5 vs CIN (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
McGahee had only two touches against Cincinnati. The Bengals only allowed the Ravens three snaps inside the red zone, however, which is where McGahee sees most of his playing time.
2009 Week 6 vs MIN (7 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee was stuffed every time he touched the ball. He was totally ineffective in this game, and could not seem to get things going. The Ravens gave him the first two carries of the second half and he was stuffed for losses both times. He gave way to Rice after that.
2009 Week 8 vs DEN (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
McGahee was involved early in this game, getting his first touch near the end of the first quarter. However, he wasn't very productive with his touches and thus gave way to more of Ray Rice. Whereas Rice was getting to the second level it seemed that McGahee was more tentative and caught behind the line of scrimmage. Coach Harbaugh may have wanted to give Rice a breather, but clearly knew which back had the hot hand - and it was not Willis McGahee.
2009 Week 10 vs CLE (13 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee looked powerful and efficient when he got the carry, but he didn't get significant work until the final drive to run out the clock. His value will increase as the Ravens run the ball more in the second half of the season, but he is still clearly behind Ray Rice on the depth chart, and he'll need a Rice injury to have startable value at any point over the course of the rest of the season.
2009 Week 11 vs IND (6 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
McGahee is clearly being worked back into the Ravens RB rotation heading into the 2nd half of the season. He touched the ball 7 times for some decent yards, but nothing substantial. He still runs hard and has good vision, but will remain a limited option with Ray Rice hanging around.
2009 Week 12 vs PIT (5 / 18 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
McGahee got some work early in this game but was largely ignored after the 2nd quarter. He was targeted with a red zone reception but was dropped inside the 3 yd line. McGahee quickly made up for it with a short yardage TD vulture. He was featured with four straight carries to start the Ravens 2nd quarter drive; however the Steelers held him in check to just 18 yards.
2009 Week 13 vs GB (4 / -4 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee got a short TD, but otherwise was barely involved in the game plan.
2009 Week 14 vs DET (12 / 76 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee stepped in for Ray Rice after he was done torching the Lions defense in Week 14, but McGahee continued the onslaught with 76 yards and two scores of his own. McGahee found the end zone twice in the second half as he pounded the ball through the middle against a Detroit team that just could not stop the run all afternoon. McGahee will likely not see this much playing time the rest of the way with Rice getting most of the work, but he does make for a nice handcuff and is a decent desperate fantasy running back in the right matchups.
2009 Week 15 vs CHI (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
McGahee got most of his touches in the second half. He didn't show anything too impressive, but he did follow up a bad drop in the passing game with a nice one-handed catch. Joe Flacco was so efficient passing in the Bears end of the field that we never saw McGahee get a shot on a goal to go carry.
2009 Week 16 vs PIT (2 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee had just two carries for Baltimore, both coming in the third quarter against Pittsburgh. McGahee lost a 15-yard touchdown due to a holding penalty against WR Kelley Washington on his longest play of the game. With just two carries, McGahee is not seeing the ball enough to warrant any fantasy consideration and with Ray Rice healthy for Week 17 he can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues.
2009 Week 17 vs OAK (16 / 167 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Willis closed out the regular season with a serious bang in week 17. He started off the game getting his typical red zone carries, cashing in with a goal line TD in the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter he made a highlight reel type of play as he cut back at the line of scrimmage and ran into the open field. He then threw a Raiders defender to the ground on his way to pay-dirt. It became the Willis McGahee show in the 4th quarter as he was the Ravens primary ball carrier. This was as good as he has looked all season, finishing the game with a career high 167 yards. McGahee clearly made a statement in this one; he still has a future as a primary NFL RB.
2009 Week 18 vs NE (20 / 62 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
McGahee was the hammer in the red zone, often requiring multiple defenders to bring him down. He also had some strong running to kill the first half clock and keep the Pats from having any momentum going into the locker room. McGahee scored the game-clinching TD and also had a nice catch and run down to the two-yard line to set up the Ravens third TD of the first half.
2009 Week 19 vs IND (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
McGahee took a backseat to Ray Rice big time this week as he saw very limited work. When called upon though, Willis ran very hard with good speed.
2008 Week 3 vs CLE (15 / 64 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
McGahee was a workhorse while he was in Sunday. He took a severe poke to the eye and was bleeding from it, causing him to come out of the game. He tried to return with a sunglass mask but came out after his first play back. He did a solid job moving the chains and falling forward when he was in.
2008 Week 4 vs PIT (13 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
RB Willis McGahee left the game twice due to injury. After his second departure, he was in the locker room receiving x-rays on his chest and returned for only one more carry. He was on the sideline for the rest of the game. His left eye is still completely red because of the eye injury he sustained in week three.
2008 Week 5 vs TEN (22 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
For the first time this season, McGahee entered the contest as the unquestioned starter and he ended up with, by far, the most carries (22) of any Ravens RB. While McGahee seemed to be able to hit the designated hole quickly and gain a few yards, he didn't seem able to power through the initial hit and broke few tackles. As a result, his performance on the day would best be described as workmanlike with two notable exceptions. First, late in the first quarter McGahee took the ball at his own ten yard line and punched through the right side of the line. While Titans LB David Thornton got to McGahee quickly, the Raven carried him for the last half of the 16 yard run. Then, late in the second quarter, McGahee gained 14 yards as he fought through multiple tackles. While such instances were few and far between, they were glimpses of what McGahee is still capable of, and may return to, if he can get his knee back to 100%.
2008 Week 6 vs IND (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
While he started the game as the #1 RB, and did finish with the most carries, McGahee saw very little action in the second half. This was largely a function of the fact that the Colts were up big and early and the Ravens' coaching staff was likely reluctant to risk any injury. When he was on the field, however, McGahee was not particularly effective. While he showed some speed in hitting the hole and making cuts to bounce outside, McGahee was unable to get to the second level and create any big plays.
2008 Week 7 vs MIA (19 / 105 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)
If this week was any indication, McGahee may finally be back to the form that many who made him an early round draft pick expected. From the opening gun McGahee ran hard, hit the holes fast and broke tackles to generate a consistent ground attack. It's probably no coincidence that rookie QB Joe Flacco had perhaps his best game of the year with McGahee keeping the Dolphins' defense honest. A pair of 14 yard runs on consecutive plays in the third quarter were emblematic of McGahee's day. In each case he rushed up the middle through open holes for the first seven or so yards and then used shifty moves and a dose of power to get the next seven. On his sole TD, McGahee, starting at the Miami five yard line, ran into a log-jam in the middle of the line, spun outside and stretched out his arm to get the ball into the end-zone as he was falling down. The sole low-light of the game for McGahee came in the fourth quarter when he took a screen pass to right side of the field, rumbled 35 yards to the Miami 12 yard line and then lost control of the ball as he was being tackled from behind. Miami recovered it at their five.
2008 Week 8 vs OAK (23 / 58 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
McGahee was given the bulk of the overall carries (about 60%) and although he only had 58 yards rushing, he did score one touchdown. He looks healthy and like his former shifty self, and it also appears that the Ravens organization still has full confidence in him as their number one RB.
2008 Week 9 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Early reports were that McGahee would start and then share time with McClain and Rice but McGahee did not see any playing time against the Browns
2008 Week 10 vs HOU (25 / 112 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Back in the mix after spending last week's game on the sidelines, McGahee punished the Texans' rush defense all day long. McGahee looked impressive as he smashed through tacklers, hit the holes with speed and converted on key downs and in short yardage situations. His success in these situations clearly encouraged the Ravens' coaching staff to continue giving McGahee the goal-line carries that earlier in the season had gone to fellow RB Le'Ron McClain, and he rewarded their faith in him with his two TDs from the one and four yard lines respectively. If there was any shortcoming in McGahee's performance, it would be in the passing game as rookie teammate Ray Rice was used in more passing situations. Given McGahee's final numbers, however, that really wasn't a big deal.
2008 Week 11 vs NYG (9 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
McGahee was bottled up like all Baltimore rushers, carrying only 9 times for 18 yards. He added two catches for minimal gains before getting his ankle rolled up on, forcing him out of the game. McGahee was replaced in the lineup by rookie running back Ray Rice.
2008 Week 12 vs PHI (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee frustrated his owners again this week as the Baltimore wheel o' running backs came to rest on someone else. While McGahee did officially get the start, he was wholly ineffective against the Eagle defense. Almost half of his carries went for negative yards, and his longest run was for only four. As the game wore on, the lion's share of the carries went to fellow RB LeRon McLain and McGahee saw no carries in the second half. McGahee was not used in the passing game.
2008 Week 14 vs WAS (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -8 / 0 rec)
RB Willis McGahee suffered a shoulder stinger and did not return to the game after his fumble in the second half.
2008 Week 15 vs PIT (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee seemed to be a change of pace back. He was in mostly in third down or other obvious passing situations. He did come in a few times to give LeRon McClain some rest but did not stay in the game. McGahee also dropped easy passes that hit him in the hands.
2008 Week 16 vs DAL (8 / 108 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee only saw action in the first half when LeRon McClain was being given a rest. His first action was when the Ravens decided to put Troy Smith in at quarterback to run an option. He would see his first extensive action toward the end of the first half when the Ravens got the ball in excellent field position following an Ed Reed interception. He took a screen pass for 21 yards on the first play to put the team in field goal position. In the second half he began to see more work as the team tried to keep McClain fresh. The plan worked well as they were able to keep the ball on the ground and away from the Dallas offense. McGahee made one of the game's biggest plays when he took a handoff up the middle for a 77 yard score, the longest of his career, after Dallas had just scored to pull within two points.
2008 Week 17 vs JAX (4 / 24 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
McGahee was used sparingly in this game but had some success against a tired Jaguar defense. He ended the game with 49 all-purpose yards (24 rushing, 25 receiving) and scored once on a 13 yard run up the middle to extend the Raven's first half lead to 17-7.
2008 Week 18 vs MIA (7 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
McGahee was utilized up the middle, and had limited success until he broke free after a very effective stiff arm, and ran for 48 yards until he was tackled at Miami's three yard line.
2008 Week 19 vs TEN (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
When McClain went out with the injured ankle, McGahee stepped into the role of primary back and filled in well. He carried the ball ten times during the second half and was a good change of pace from the pounding running style of McClain. McGahee was able to use his speed and cutback ability to have more success running against the strong defense, especially outside of the tackles. His longest run came when the Ravens needed it the most, they had a first and ten on the Titan 45 and he took the ball around the left end for an 11 yard gain that set the Ravens up in position for a field goal attempt.
2008 Week 20 vs PIT (20 / 60 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
McGahee ran very hard and at times appeared on the verge of breaking free for a big gain, but the Steelers' defense prevented him from breaking loose. He did manage to score two short yardage touchdowns. With less than five minutes remaining in the game, he took a vicious hit to the head and after being treated on the field was carted off on a stretcher in a cart. It was reported that McGahee was alert and able to speak and move his limbs, but had considerable pain in his neck.
2007 Week 1 vs CIN (19 / 77 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
McGahee performed reasonably well in his first start for the Ravens, though his owners were likely expecting better production given the propensity of the Bengals defense to surrender lots of yards on the ground. The Bengals attacked the line of scrimmage all night, and the average Ravens offensive line frequently did not have an answer. McGahee was stuffed for two yards or less on eight of his 19 carries, but he did make some nice gains when he was able to escape initial contact. His involvement in the passing game was limited to three receptions in the third quarter, largely because he was forced to stay in pass protection for much of the game to protect McNair from the ferocious Ravens pass rush. One of McNair's fumbles was partly McGahee's fault, as the running back apparently forgot to receive the handoff on a first quarter sweep.
2007 Week 2 vs NYJ (26 / 97 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
McGahee's second game as a Ravens was very consistent, although not explosive. He ran the ball for 26 times (seven more than in week one), but didn't have a double digit gain. McGahee ran with a good mix of power and speed, but didn't break many tackles and didn't have quite enough burst to ever get past the Jets' secondary. He scored the first receiving touchdown of his career on a two yard swing pass late in the first quarter. McGahee had a 3.7 yards per carry average and caught both of the passes thrown his way.
2007 Week 3 vs ARI (21 / 98 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
McGahee had another good game on the ground, gaining 98 yards on 21 carries for a 4.7 average. His yardage was somewhat inconsistent though, as he had a long of 37 yards, but was also tackled for a loss on a few occasions. McGahee continues to see a few looks in the passing game, and he turned all four of them in this contest into receptions totaling 23 yards.
2007 Week 4 vs CLE (14 / 104 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
McGahee found a lot of success running the ball straight at the Browns. He had a great 28 yard run late in the first half when, on a counter play, he nearly outran the entire Browns defense. Despite his success on the ground, McGahee was largely a non-issue in the passing game.
2007 Week 5 vs SF (22 / 88 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
McGahee carried the ball 22 times for 88 yards, while catching seven passes for 48. He was targeted frequently in the passing game for a total of nine times, though these were all on screens and dump off passes. He did not show a lot of explosiveness, but ran hard up the middle and maximized his yardage against a 49ers defense that was stacking the box.
2007 Week 6 vs STL (25 / 61 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 9 / 0 rec)
McGahee had a better time running the ball in the first half, when the Rams were still in the game, and weren't keying solely on him. He ran for one touchdown, and had a second one called back due to a penalty, so he was as involved as can be in the red zone offense. As a pass catcher, McGahee is fine, but is only a dump off option for the Ravens, hence the low reception to yards total.
2007 Week 7 vs BUF (19 / 114 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
McGahee was swarmed by the Buffalo defense and had little room to run early in the contest. McGahee started to get on track in the second quarter. 39 of his 40 first half yards came in the second quarter. McGahee kept the momentum rolling in the second half. His 46 yard burst on the opening possession of the second half got Baltimore on the board. On the play, McGahee flattened the safety with a textbook stiff-arm and was off to the races. McGahee left the game to get an IV during the second half, but was able to return. McGahee caught two passes, but gained only one yard.
2007 Week 9 vs PIT (12 / 50 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
McGahee had only six yards on six carries through most of the first half until he broke off a 33 yard touchdown run with less then two minutes left in the first half. The Ravens got down big in this game early on and were down 35 points when McGahee broke off his touchdown run. He only had 11 yards in the second half as the Ravens' offense was unable to do anything in the second half. It was reported he sustained a concussion late in the game when he got a knee to the head trying to pass block.
2007 Week 10 vs CIN (17 / 60 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
McGahee had a decent outing, tallying 70 total yards and a touchdown, the only one for the Baltimore Ravens on the day. The Ravens leaned heavy on McGahee in the first half, but needed to play catch up with the pass in the second half.
2007 Week 11 vs CLE (21 / 102 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
McGahee found a lot of success running directly into the center of the Browns defense. Most of his biggest gains of the day, including a 24 yard run in the third quarter, came running right between the tackles. Most of the time, he was able to shed the first tackler and get into the second level of the defense. McGahee was a nearly non-factor in the passing game, catching only two passes.
2007 Week 12 vs SD (17 / 59 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
McGahee had a tough time getting anything going against a strong San Diego rush defense. His longest run was 13 yards, and he only averaged 3.5 yards on his 17 attempts. He had a one yard touchdown run in the second quarter. McGahee's opportunities were limited both by his ineffectiveness and the game situation, which found the Ravens behind by multiple scores for a significant portion of the game. The Ravens only ran on 38% of their plays.
2007 Week 13 vs NE (30 / 138 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
McGahee ran the ball very effectively against the Patriots on Monday night. He was able to gain 138 yards on the night. Many of the runs he had were very inspired and energetic. He showed great vision and push at the end of plays.
2007 Week 14 vs IND (17 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 7 / 0 rec)
McGahee had a tough time against the Colts defense. He ran passionately, but was frequently met at the line of scrimmage. McGahee definitely had to earn all 45 of his yards. The game situation also hurt his chances of success, as the score was way out of hand early on.
2007 Week 15 vs MIA (29 / 104 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
McGahee was once again the Ravens workhorse running back, rushing the ball 29 times at an average of 3.6 yards per run. McGahee ran better as the game went on, gaining his longest run of the game of 19 yards in overtime.
2007 Week 16 vs SEA (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee left the game over only five carries and did not return. It was reported that he had injured ribs that weren't taking well to treatment.
2006 Week 1 vs NE (20 / 70 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
McGahee rushed 20 times for 70 yards and added two catches for 20 yards. Early on he looked quick and decisive to the hole. McGahee tweaked his ankle on the team's first offensive possession but returned after missing a series getting the ankle re-taped. He also caught both passes thrown in his direction for 24 yards.
2006 Week 2 vs MIA (25 / 91 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
McGahee ran very effectively though the Dolphins keyed their defense to stop him. He showed a good combination of power between the tackles, and on a few occasions showed good acceleration. McGahee was in the game on third down most of the game, although he was not targeted much in the passing game.
2006 Week 3 vs NYJ (26 / 150 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
McGahee started this game strongly with 114 first half rushing yards. With Buffalo trailing, he was limited to only eight attempts and 36 yards in the second half, but still set a career high with 150 rushing yards. McGahee averaged 5.8 yards per carry and the Jets had difficulty stopping him. It was his fourth straight 100 yard game against the Jets. Had things gone differently for Buffalo, McGahee might have been looking at a 200 yard game. McGahee was stopped at the two on a first and goal carry from the six yard line. On the next play, he was stuffed at the one yard line. McGahee's best runs went for 13, 32, and 12 yards. Only two of his attempts lost yardage. McGahee caught one pass for six yards. His other reception was a dump off that lost three yards late in the game. J. P. Losman's pass sailed high. McGahee had to leap to reel it in, but lost his footing in the process. McGahee dropped a swing pass on the preceding play. He also bobbled a screen pass early in the game that was almost intercepted. Losman's pass on that play also was too high, however.
2006 Week 4 vs MIN (28 / 78 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Early on McGahee had little success rushing as he attempted to penetrate the middle of the Vikings' defensive line over and over again for little or no gain. After the run plays shifted to more outside attempts, McGahee found a little more running room. McGahee was the workhorse with 28 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a one yard touchdown leaping towards the goal line with his outstretched arm to break the plane with the ball. It was the first touchdown of the season for McGahee. McGahee left the field in the first quarter after kneeling on the field for several minutes apparently having the wind knocked out of him on the play. He returned after sitting out a play and would score his touchdown later on that drive. McGahee had just one catch out of the backfield for four yards.
2006 Week 5 vs CHI (14 / 50 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
McGahee rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries and four of the five balls thrown his way for another 15 yards. He just found little room to run wherever he tried to go.
2006 Week 6 vs DET (17 / 66 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
McGahee gained 33 yards on the ground in each half. He had a 21 yard run, but otherwise was held mostly in check by the Detroit defense. McGahee caught two of the three passes thrown his way. J.P. Losman hung him out to dry on the incomplete attempt. Losman scrambled and then dumped the ball to McGahee, but the throw was high and McGahee was hit hard while he was extended in an attempt to pull the ball in. He remained on the ground for a while, but eventually walked off the field and returned. McGahee was also shaken up somewhat later in the game. Trainers were looking at his side. The injury did not appear to be serious.
2006 Week 7 vs NE (20 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 61 / 0 rec)
McGahee got six touches on the first eight Buffalo plays. After two pre-snap penalties that should have killed their opening drive McGahee took a shovel pass from QB J.P. Losman and exploded off the right side for a 56 yard gain. He continues to show the combination of power and speed that he flashed in his pre-injury days at the University of Miami. McGahee's touches were limited in the second half after the Bills fell behind by three scores.
2006 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee started the game running with power and speed, he looked very dangerous. He was gang tackled on the play before the Bills kicked their FG in the first quarter. He left the game with what the announcers said was rib injury and did not return.
2006 Week 12 vs JAX (12 / 63 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
McGahee did not appear hindered by his rib injury, and ran with good power and speed in his limited carries. He was very productive with two touchdown runs, and was close to breaking free for big gains on other carries.
2006 Week 13 vs SD (16 / 26 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
If not for the third quarter touchdown, McGahee may as well have stayed at home. He had basically no impact on the game, as there was never any room to run. And on the rare occasions that there appeared to be a hole, it was closed up rather quickly. Yardage wise, it was the second-worst performance of his career (in games in which he got at least ten carries), and with no real threat of a running game, San Diego was able to send extra pressure or drop extra coverage and affect the Buffalo passing game all game.
2006 Week 14 vs NYJ (16 / 125 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee started the game fantastically, racing mostly untouched for a 57 yard touchdown run on the Bills' third possession of the game. He left the game immediately after the long touchdown run, and it was reported that he had an upset stomach. McGahee returned at the beginning of the second half and added another ten carries and 50 yards after halftime. He finished with his second 100 yard rushing game of the season, and his second highest total for 2006.
2006 Week 15 vs MIA (28 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee fumbled the ball on the Bills' opening drive; he was hit hard with a helmet to helmet hit with Zach Thomas. He was injured on the play, and sat out for one drive, but was able to return after that. On McGahee's target, the ball was thrown too high for him, and the ball went off his hands. McGahee had a ten yard rush called back as no play on offsetting penalties. McGahee found running room and was very effective in the third and fourth quarters as the Bills sought to run the clock out.
2006 Week 16 vs TEN (22 / 95 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
McGahee ran for 95 yards on 22 carries and caught two screen passes for an additional 20 yards. Along with the rest of the team, McGahee has played better the second half of this season. He is finding more room to run behind the new offensive line, he is demonstrating the ability to make sharp cuts and explode through a hole, but he is developing patience. He is also playing with broken ribs and a sore ankle, but If McGahee can gain 33 yards in the final game, he will top 1,000 yards for the third year in a row.
2006 Week 17 vs BAL (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee began the game needing 33 rushing yards for 1000 on the season, but he failed to reach the mark. McGahee gained 31 yards on a reception from the Bills' first play of the game, but the play was negated by an illegal shift penalty. McGahee fumbled on the Bills' opening possession of the second half and the Ravens recovered. He was held to 23 rushing yards on 11 carries as the Bills completely failed to establish the running game.
2005 Week 1 vs HOU (22 / 117 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee started the game slowly and could not get anything going in the first quarter. He briefly left the game after injuring his leg, but returned after it was taped and did not look injured. The Bills' running game started to look more effective after they replaced the injured Chris Villarrial with Duke Preston and McGahee ran five times for 42 yards with first down runs of 11 yards and 17 yards just before the half. He almost scored to end the drive but was about a foot short. McGahee caught three passes for 15 yards.
2005 Week 2 vs TB (13 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Willis McGahee had no room to run all day. He was hit at the line of scrimmage on almost every attempt and even when he avoided the first wave of defenders he was cut off by the Buccaneers' speed and not allowed to cut back.
2005 Week 3 vs ATL (27 / 140 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee ran for 140 yards and a career high, but could not compensate for the Bills' poor passing attack. McGahee had several long runs and was responsible for most of the Bills' rushing first downs. He was often pulled on third down and replaced by Shaud Williams, but significantly, stayed in on third down to convert the Bills' only touchdown of the game. It was also the first rushing touchdown of the year for both McGahee and the Bills. He was targeted once in the passing game but dropped the pass. He got up limping on the Bills' third drive, but stayed in the game and immediately carried for 21 yards and 13 yards proving that he was fine.
2005 Week 4 vs NO (16 / 84 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
McGahee began the game by breaking free for a 25 yard run on the first play of the game. He capped the drive by going in from the one yard line, diving over the approaching defenders. The Bills failed to find success on offense for the remainder of the first half, and McGahee only had 30 rushing yards by half time. He had a 14 yard gain on the Bills' opening possession of the second half, but the drive stalled. He broke a 40 yard run when Holcomb entered the game, but a holding penalty took away some of the gain. The Bills used McGahee on third and short at the Saints' 48 yard line but he failed to convert. With the game slipping away, the Bills were forced to try and convert on fourth down but McGahee was hit for a two yard loss by Dwight Smith in his return to the strong safety role.
2005 Week 5 vs MIA (31 / 86 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Bills stuck with McGahee all day despite averaging just 2.8 yards per rush. He carried the ball 31 times for 86 yards and had the opening touchdown of the game when he took the ball in from the one yard line. McGahee's longest run of the day was just 11 yards and he was unable to consistently move the ball. Most of his runs were to the left or up the middle and he was stuffed twice at the one yard line on one drive after the Bills' had a first and goal. He caught two of his five targets but was not able to make any big gains in the passing game. There was a brief scare when he limped off after one play, but he did not miss any time and appeared to be fine afterwards. The Bills regularly replaced him with Shaud Williams on third down plays as in previous games. McGahee's numbers could have been a lot better as he ran for 54 yards at the end of the game, but a holding penalty reduced the gain to nine yards.
2005 Week 6 vs NYJ (29 / 143 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
McGahee ran very hard and scored for the fourth straight week. He had three first downs on the opening drive, including a gain of 23 yards. He reached 100 yards for the tenth time in his career. McGahee was effective running right, left, or up the middle, perhaps due to the fact that the Bills were able to field their preferred starters on the offensive line for only the second time this season. McGahee had four first downs on the Bills' third possession which ended in a 15 yard score for Eric Moulds. The Bills went straight back to McGahee on their opening possession of the second half. He ran for a first down, caught a pass for another, and then dragged tacklers with him to the one yard line before scoring to end an 82 yard drive. That was the Bills' first touchdown of the second half in any game this season. McGahee ended the day with 143 yards and a touchdown, and caught three of his five targets for a further 24 yards.
2005 Week 7 vs OAK (16 / 50 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
McGahee's run of games with a touchdown ended at four. He might have kept the streak alive in this game but was stopped on third down at the one yard line. McGahee converted on third down on the Bills' opening touchdown drive but ended the day with only 16 carries for 50 yards after the Raiders established a lead and took the Bills away from their power running game. McGahee was targeted three times in the passing game, catching all three balls for a total of 34 yards.
2005 Week 8 vs NE (31 / 136 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
McGahee was a workhorse. He didn't bust any huge gains, but consistently found space for four to six yards. He ran strong and always fell forward. He contributed in the passing game with two receptions for just over 20 yards. The only blemish on his night was not finding the end zone.
2005 Week 10 vs KC (20 / 66 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee did not have a great day. He injured his left hand in the first half and had to return to the locker room for x-rays before returning to the game. He gained 66 yards on 20 carries but 13 yards was his longest run of the day. He fumbled away possession in the closing minutes as the Bills were running out the clock.
2005 Week 11 vs SD (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
McGahee had one of the quietest games of his pro career. He was never able to get into a rhythm in the game because of how quickly San Diego got out of the gates. McGahee didn't record his third carry of the game until late in the second quarter, and was a complete non-factor in the passing game as the Bills played catch-up (both of his targets came in the first half). McGahee fumbled an exchange from J.P. Losman, but since the ball was never actually in McGahee's possession, the fumble was luckily not charged to him.
2005 Week 12 vs CAR (21 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee had 21 carries in the game but was only able to gain a total of 53 yards against the Panthers' tough run defense. In an apparent change of philosophy, the Bills stuck with McGahee on third down instead of using Shaud Williams. He was able to convert on several, but his longest run of the day was only ten yards. He was not targeted at all in the passing game. This was the fifth straight game in which McGahee was held scoreless. McGahee had one ten yard run negated on a holding penalty and appeared to hurt his jaw on the play, but he returned to the game immediately.
2005 Week 13 vs MIA (27 / 81 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
McGahee had 31 carries in the first meeting between these two teams and the Bills looked to repeat that performance. McGahee caught a five yard pass for a first down on the opening drive that led to a Lee Evans touchdown. He had some good runs straight up the middle and was also able to make gains outside. With the Bills gaining a first and goal at the three yard line, the next play was a pass that was intercepted at the goal line. There seems to be a reluctance to rely on the power running of McGahee. After catching both balls thrown his way, McGahee was not targeted again in the passing game. He went over 1000 yards for the season during the game but has now failed to find the end zone in the last six games.
2005 Week 14 vs NE (8 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
McGahee was hit in the head by Richard Seymour's knee while trying to make a block. He left the game for the remainder of the first half but returned after the break. McGahee was totally ineffective in the game, ending with three yards from eight carries and one reception for five yards. The Bills abandoned the run in the second half when the Patriots established a big lead.
2005 Week 15 vs DEN (9 / 36 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
McGahee began the game well and looked motivated. He scored on the Bills' opening drive from one yard out but did not have much success after his fast start. His longest play of the game was a 15 yard reception, but he only carried twice in the second half after suffering an injury to his left arm.
2005 Week 16 vs CIN (23 / 66 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec)
McGahee saw a lot of action in the game, ending with 23 carries for 66 yards. The disappointing part of his performance was his failure to find the end zone. The Bills found themselves at the two yard line on their opening drive and McGahee got the carry on second down and was stopped for no gain. They tried again on third down and he tripped over his own feet and failed to gain ground. McGahee had a carry on first and goal at the one yard line on the Bills' second possession of the second half, but he was stopped. A penalty gave the Bills another first and goal at the one and McGahee was stopped inches short of the goal line before Holcomb scored on a sneak on the following play. The Bills later had a first and goal at the seven and McGahee had three consecutive carries but could get no closer than the two yard line. He ran hard at times, but could not move the pile at the goal line when it mattered most. He caught three of his four targets but was stopped for a five yard loss on one and ended with zero receiving yards.
2005 Week 17 vs NYJ (22 / 113 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
McGahee looked a lot better than in recent games, and managed to gain over 100 yards for the first time in eight games. He ran hard and looked to have a good burst on several runs. McGahee had a 19 yard reception to convert on third and six, enabling the Bills to keep alive the drive that led to their opening touchdown. Jonathan Vilma uncharacteristically missed a tackle on the play. McGahee brought up his 100 yards with a 17 yard run late in the game and ended the day with 113 yards. McGahee was open on the Bills' first drive and would likely have scored had Holcomb spotted him and thrown the pass, but Holcomb didn't notice the opportunity.