RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 222||Born: 4-3-1992||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs JAX (13 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also converting all six of his targets for six receptions for 39 yards. Williams was given the start after playing very well down the stretch last season, and although he was unable to break any big plays, he has proven himself capable of being a versatile and important component of the Chiefs offense. Williams does most of his damage in the passing game and in the red zone, and this game was no different. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Jaguars one yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and handed the ball off to Williams. Williams is a very patient runner in the red zone, and on this play he followed his blockers and made one cut inside to convert an easy touchdown. The signing of LeSean McCoy will undoubtedly take away from William's volume, but he will continue to see high quality touches on the best offense in football, making him a very valuable commodity.
2019 Week 2 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for eight yards, while catching three of five targets for 48 yards in the Chiefs win over the Raiders. Williams has found himself in a full-blown timeshare with veteran LeSean McCoy, with McCoy receiving more touches in the run game, while Williams continues to operate as the Chiefs third down back. The Raiders did a very good job of containing the Chiefs running backs, as Williams averaged .9 yards per carry and actually lost yardage on three of those rushes. Williams fared better in the passing game though, with his long reception of the day being a 32 yard catch that set up the Chiefs for their third touchdown of the second quarter. With the Chiefs facing a second and 11 from their own five yard line, Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Williams to his right. Williams immediately broke off into the flat after the snap and made it look like he was setting up for a screen pass. Instead, Williams turned the corner and took off up the field. Mahomes threw a great pass to his running back in stride, with Williams gaining yards after the catch and if not for a desperation tackle by a Raiders defender, might have gone all the way for a 95 yard touchdown. Williams would have to settle for the 32 yard reception, and unfortunately that was his only play of consequence on the day. Williams injured his knee late in the fourth quarter, although is not known how serious the injury is at this time.
2019 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes on four targets for 15 yards. After missing most of the last two games, Williams returned to the starting lineup against the Colts. He was unable to get much going though, as the Colts defensive front held the Chiefs to 2.5 yards per carry on 14 rushing attempts. Williams out-snapped and out-touched McCoy and Darrell Williams by a big margin, but he wasn't able to make much of a difference with those touches. When the Chiefs are playing with a lead, and are at full strength at the receiver position, Williams has shown he is capable of turning in some big games, especially when he sees touches in the red zone. He doesn't have an elite aspect to his skillset though, so depending on him to create on his own just isn't going to happen. He is at his best when the Chiefs can create holes for him, as he has very good vision and is a patient runner. He should continue to be the Chiefs starter next week, but you cannot rule out Andy Reid going with the hot hand between the two Williams and McCoy.
2019 Week 6 vs HOU (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams rushed one time for six yards and caught one pass on one target for 14 yards and a touchdown. Looking at the total touches shared among the Chiefs backfield, the first thought would be that Williams lack of touches was due to game flow or Reid riding the hot hand. That would be incorrect though, as Williams led the Chiefs backfield in snaps, being on the field for 56% of the Chiefs offensive plays. That fact makes his two touches even more curious. Williams was able to take advantage of one of his two touches by scoring a touchdown on a designed screen play where he got great blocking out in front of him and was able to cut once back to the middle of the field for an easy 14 yard touchdown. This backfield has become very difficult to project as McCoy led the Chiefs in rushing yards and Darrel Williams led the backfield in receiving yards, despite seeing only two targets. It would be one thing if the Chiefs were winning while playing three running backs, but after their last three games and a lack of production from their backfield, it will be interesting to see if Reid reverts back to having one player dominate the touches.
2019 Week 7 vs DEN (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for seven yards while also catching two passes for negative one yards on three targets. This was another awful night for Williams, and he was out-touched by McCoy 14-11, while McCoy outgained him by 70 yards. With Patrick Mahomes being sidelined, it is time for Williams to see the bench on fantasy rosters, as his touchdown upside has all be disappeared.
2019 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 30 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed seven times for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs loss to the Packers on Sunday night. Williams took a backseat to McCoy for much of the game until McCoy fumbled late in the third quarter. Williams ended up playing all of the fourth quarter and capitalized on a Packers penalty in the red Zone by converting a close carry for a touchdown. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Packers three yard line, Williams took the carry out of the shotgun and looked spry breaking quickly off the left tackle before cutting back to the middle of the field for an easy touchdown run. The blocks were set up well for Williams, but he also showed some quickness by converting two crisp jump cuts on the touchdown run. Williams is a product of volume, he isn't going to break many big plays unless he sees 20 touches a game, which isn't going to happen, so he has become touchdown dependent and McCoy is even seeing more work on early downs in the passing game.
2019 Week 9 vs MIN (12 / 125 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams 12 times for 125 yards and a touchdown while also catching two passes on two targets for 3 yards. Williams was having trouble penetrating the Vikings defensive front for most of the game, although it didn't stop the Chiefs passing attack from moving the ball. Where it really hurt them was in the red zone, as Williams, and the rest of the Chiefs running backs, were unable to give the offense advantageous situations on second and third down, which led to four Butker field goals. Williams saved his day however, by ripping off a 91 yard touchdown run straight up the middle of the Vikings defense. While the Chiefs offensive line gets the credit for opening up the hole, Williams deserves of the spotlight for weaving his way up the seam before putting on one of the nastiest jukes I've ever seen. In fact, the Vikings defender is still looking for his jock-strap, and I'm not sure he's going to find it anytime soon. Given the flow of the game, and the Chiefs difficulty in the red zone, it was a very important play that gave the Chiefs the lead. Without that run, who knows if the Chiefs win this game, and 5-4 is a lot different than 6-3, especially when the Chiefs get their star quarterback in Patrick Mahomes back this week. Williams out-touched McCoy 12-3 rushing the ball, and it look as though he will start to see a majority of the carries after McCoy's fumbling problems have come to the forefront.
2019 Week 10 vs TEN (19 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 19 times for 77 yards, while also catching five passes on five targets for 32 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Titans on Sunday. With fellow running back LeSean McCoy a healthy scratch for the first time all season, Williams nearly had the entire offense to himself, with Darrell Williams appearing on only 17 of 82 snaps on the day. If Williams had designs on keeping the backfield for himself though, he may have done the one thing that will prevent him from doing so, fumbling. It was arguably the reason why McCoy was scratched this week and taken out of the game the week before. Williams fumble against the Titans was returned for a touchdown, and although it didn't cost him playing time in this game, it will be interesting to see if McCoy or Darrell Williams benefit from this going forward. Outside of the fumble, Williams played well, averaging 4.1 yards per carry while at the very least, keeping the Titans defense from dropping all of their linebackers into coverage. It was first time since week one where Williams caught more than three passes, something he did with regularity last season.
2019 Week 11 vs LAC (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed four times for seven yards and had one catch for six yards before leaving the game with a rib injury just before halftime. His injury status has not been updated yet but look for more news on Wednesday regarding this injury.
2018 Week 14 vs BAL (8 / 14 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams rushed eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown, and caught four of five targets for 16 yards and a touchdown. Williams was not very effective with his touches, but he managed to vulture a short touchdown run from Ware, and then completely take him off the field in the fourth quarter. The fact that the Chiefs felt comfortable going to Williams on fourth down, late in the fourth quarter, needing a touchdown, says something about what his role is going to be moving forward. Ware is still the preferred option in terms of volume, but Williams has carved out a nice role for himself as a red zone and third down option for one of the best offenses in football. There is certainly value to be had here, the question is will he continue to take advantage of the limited opportunities.
2018 Week 15 vs LAC (10 / 49 / 2 rush, 6 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching six passes for 74 yards. Williams fits into the Chiefs offense seamlessly as a shifty runner who hits the hole with explosiveness. He showed off his ability to make defenders miss and make plays happen in the open field on the Chiefs first drive of the game. Williams took the handoff from Mahomes in the shotgun and ran towards the left tackle, who was supposed to get his defender sealed from the inside. The defender had pushed back on the left guard too far though, which cut off Williams ability to get out wide. Williams stutter-stepped and cut back to the inside and came face to face with two Chargers defenders who were standing straight up. Williams then took off to the right sideline, juking another defender on his way before getting to the outside and up the right sideline for a really impressive 23 yard gain. Williams looks like he is shot out of a cannon when he touches the ball, as he depends on his short-area burst and quick feet to gain separation. Williams first touchdown run of the game came with the Chiefs facing a second and goal at the Charges two yard line. Mahomes set up in shotgun and motioned Williams from his left to his right side before the snap. He then took the snap and handed off to Williams for a trap to the left side of the offensive line. Williams kept his feet moving with short little chops as he hit the line and managed to push his way through for an easy two yard touchdown. Williams second touchdown run of the night came on a first and goal from the Chargers one yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and handed off to Williams, who was set up to his right. Williams received the handoff and got his helmet and pads very low to the ground, almost sneaking his way in through the offensive line. While his two touchdowns were rather straight forward runs, it is clear that Williams understands how to make himself small and score in short space. Williams was also responsible for 57 of the Chiefs 80 yards on the Chiefs second scoring drive (Mahomes to Darrel Williams touchdown pass). While there is no doubt that Spencer Ware will have some role in the offense when he gets back, it is hard to imagine him stepping back into the high volume role he held previously, as Williams has showed out in his two week audition, totaling 153 yards and four touchdowns with ten receptions and an average of 5.4 yards per touch. He also has a penchant for breaking big plays, something the Chiefs desperately need out of their backfield.
2018 Week 16 vs SEA (13 / 103 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 37 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 103 yards, while also catching seven passes for 37 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Mahomes stats in this game were pretty good, but the reality is that Williams was the Chiefs most important player, as without his ability to pick up yards in the run game, the offense would have continued to stall against a Seahawks defense that took away their ability to create plays down the field. A great example of this came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from their own 25 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Williams came across the front of Mahomes and rushed to the left side of the line. Despite getting cut off in the backfield, Williams cut back to the center of the field and then bounced the ball back outside to the left sideline. He was chased to the sideline and looked to pick up a solid 10 yard gain, but Williams wasn't done. He managed to tip-toe along the sideline and pick up another 15 yards before finally being pushed out of bounds. Williams had four runs of 15+ yards and was also active in the passing game, catching all seven of this targets. Williams receiving touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the two yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and dropped back and Williams took off immediately to the right flat on an our-route. Williams was wide open and Mahomes dumped off the pass to him for the easy two yard touchdown
2018 Week 17 vs OAK (11 / 51 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdowns, while also catching one passes for eight yards on one target. Williams was not asked to carry a big workload against the Raiders, due in large part to the fact that the Chiefs were scoring on long plays, shortly after receiving the ball. Williams was his usual efficient self, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 11 carries. Williams also scored a rushing touchdown, which marked the fourth straight game he's scored a touchdown, and six total touchdowns in his last four games. Williams touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a second and goal from the Oakland four yard line. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Williams to his left. Mahomes took the snap, and handed it to Williams who crossed in front of him moving to the right side of the formation. Williams used tiny chops with his feet to keep his legs moving and find a crease between his blockers and the Raiders offensive line before accelerating into the pile and using his forward momentum to cross over the goal line. Williams is an excellent red zone runner because he is always keeping his feet and body moving, and he understands how to use the momentum of his legs to propel his upper body, whether he is twisting away from tacklers or just leaning into them. With the Chiefs securing home field advantage in the playoffs, look for Williams to play a big part in how far they go in the postseason.
2018 Week 19 vs IND (25 / 129 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 25 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five of six passes for 25 yards in the Chiefs win over the Colts on Saturday. This was an incredible performance from Williams, who received all the touches he could handle with Spencer Ware inactive for the game. The Colts came into the game playing some of the best run defense in the league over the second half of the season, but they had no answer for Williams, especially in the second half when the Chiefs were working the clock. Williams kicked off the scoring with a ridiculous 10 yard touchdown run on the Chiefs first drive. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Colts 10 yard line, Williams lined up to Mahomes left in the shotgun. Mahomes took the snap and handed off to Williams coming across him towards the right side of the formation. The play looked to be called for an outside rush, but Williams stopped on a dime when he was cut off from bouncing the run outside, and instead cut back inside. After cutting back to the middle of the field, Williams found himself facing two Colts defenders. Both defenders lunged at Williams, but he threw a subtle outside fake and then did a quick jump back to the right move that made both Colts defenders look really bad as they did not get a hand on him and fell over one another. From there Williams hit the turbo button and accelerated through the rest of the Colts secondary. It was the type of play you'd expect from a top 10 running back in the league, not a journeymen third stringer, but the world is just starting to see how talented Williams really is. That play was a microcosm of Williams skills, as he is a tough and compact inside runner with brilliant vision, but he also has the speed and quickness to bounce the ball outside and create big plays. Losing Kareem Hunt looked to be a big blow to a team that depended on his big plays more than people think, but Williams has stepped in and done nearly everything Hunt did for the Chiefs offense. While the Chiefs only scored seven points in the second half, Williams was able to pick up 83 yards on the ground and kill the clock, ending a Colts comeback attempt before it even had a chance to start.
2018 Week 20 vs NE (10 / 30 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 66 / 2 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Williams continued to play inspired football throughout the postseason, finishing with four total touchdowns in two playoff games and proving that he deserves the first crack at leading the Chiefs backfield in 2019. While the Patriots did a good job of shutting down Williams in the run game (he averaged 5.1 yards per carry this season), this was more of a case of the Chiefs not putting him in advantageous running situations. When Kansas City started to move the ball with ease in the second half, Williams came up big with three touchdowns. Williams first touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Patriots one yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and immediately rolled out to his right, where Williams was running hard to the right side of the end zone. Mahomes waited as long as he could for Williams to clear his man and then threw a tight pass to Williams, who made a really nice catch, getting both of his feet in bounds for the touchdown. Williams next touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a second and ten from the Patriots 23 yard line. Mahomes took the snap in shotgun and play-action faked to Williams who came across the formation from the right side. Mahomes faded to his left before throwing a lobbed screen pass to Williams on the right side. The play was designed perfectly, and Williams was able to cover the 23 yards untouched on his way to the endzone. Williams final touchdown came right before the two minute warning in the fourth quarter, where he rushed right up the gut for a two yard score that put the Chiefs up 27-24.
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.
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 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 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.
2016 Week 7 vs BUF (4 / 16 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was the sparsely-used third running back against Buffalo. Jay Ajayi dominated the early-down work while Arian Foster was the consistent third down option. Williams filled in after Jay Ajayi left the game with a knee injury for a series. Notably, Williams churned through arm tackles on a red zone carry for a touchdown to take the lead.
2015 Week 1 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams played strictly as the #2 back, spelling Lamar Miller on occasion during Week 1. He came into the game on Miami's third series, after Brent Grimes picked off Cousins in the red-zone. He caught a pass on third down, but couldn't pick up the first down. He was then stuffed on the fourth down play and didn't receive a touch over the rest of the game. He'd obviously have value if Miller were to go down, but with Jay Ajayi returning by Week 8 and recently signed Eagles' practice squad RB Raheem Mostert brought in as insurance, Williams is simply a handcuff.
2015 Week 2 vs JAX (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams was again the lone backup RB for Miami to receive any touches on offense, and his role grew slightly, even before Lamar Miller was forced out of the game with an ankle injury. Upping his touch total from 2 to 5, Williams was fortunate to see the end-zone, but on a broken play, he showed good awareness to make him self available to Tannehill. With the running game looking like a mess right now, and dates with the Bills and Jets coming up, Williams would not be in an advantageous situation if Miller were to miss time. However, Miller already has 6 catches this season, and if Branden Albert were to sit out as well, Williams could be used in the passing game a whole bunch. He's not someone to blow a #1 waiver claim or a large chunk of the FAAB budget on, but it will be important to monitor Miller's injury update on Tuesday before waivers lock.
2015 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams played a ton on third downs, with Lamar Miller somewhat limited by a sore ankle, but he only touched the ball 3 times. The Dolphins seem to like Williams as a third down option, even though he doesn't necessarily offer them much more than Miller in the role. Now with Jonas Gray at least emerging for a productive game running the ball (albeit in garbage time), even a long term injury to Miller would still only likely see Williams ascend to the full-time 3rd down option. He's safely droppable at this point.
2015 Week 4 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams reprised his role as occasional 3rd down back and change of pace to Lamar Miller. However, with the Dolphins trailing, he saw one target and 0 carries in the game. With winds of change blowing through the Dolphins coaching staff, most notably at the top, will there be changes to Williams' role? Seeing how Lamar Miller hasn't really had a chance to establish any rhythm whatsoever, it doesn't seem like Williams' role will expand anytime soon.
2015 Week 7 vs HOU (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
After fumbling away the ball in the 3rd quarter in Miami territory, Damien Williams was mostly relegated to special teams duty, as Jonas Gray handled the majority of the touches for the Dolphins in the second half of the blowout vs. Texans. Williams is strictly a change of pace option/3rd down option for the Dolphins, and with rookie Jay Ajayi looking to return soon, he may not even have a hold on that role for too much longer. He's always been a solid special teamer for the Dolphins, but it looks like any role on offense will have to come at the hands of a Lamar Miller injury. And even then, he'd be receiving minimal touches as a small piece of a committee.
2015 Week 14 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams, who's been relegated exclusively to return duty since Jay Ajayi came off the IR, has seen a growing role as a change of pace back/3rd down back in recent weeks. While Lamar Miller was gobbling up any running back targets early in the season (and doing a great job out of the backfield) with 33 catches over his first 9 games, he has just 6 catches over the last 4 games. While Williams hasn't done much in that time out of backfield (5 catches in 4 games), he is snatching away some valuable targets that would help Miller negate the low-carry games that he's had throughout the season. While Williams isn't a fantasy option, he further hurts Lamar Miller's value.
2015 Week 15 vs SD (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams saw some more action as a 3rd down back against the Chargers, especially with the Dolphins losing by 2-3 scores for the entire second half. Additionally, with Lamar Miller taking a seat for most of the final 30 minutes, Williams was really the backup to Jay Ajayi. He didn't see any more touches that he usually sees and is really nothing more than a replacement level talent that best used on special teams. If Lamar Miller does leave in free agency, Williams would be the most likely backup to Ajayi. However, if the former does leave, expect the Dolphins to add some talent to the mix.
2015 Week 16 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams made a few clutch 3rd down catches to extend drives for the Dolphins on Sunday. Even with Jay Ajayi's role expanding slightly recently, Williams has carved out a role as a receiving back, often lining up out wide when he's on the field. However, while he has 10 catches over his last 5 games, he has just two carries in that time, so it's clear the Dolphins really see him as a special teamer and sparingly used 3rd down back. Even if Lamar Miller doesn't return to Miami, Williams won't be a candidate for a larger role, as Jay Ajayi will be a major favorite for workhorse duties. The Dolphins will likely add a back or two to push Williams as well.
2015 Week 17 vs NE (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Miami's special teamer and change of pace back, Damien Williams, continued to see a not insignificant role as receiving back for Week 17. He actually made a few plays, first turning a lost play into a first down with a fancy move. Then, he got loose on a wheel route against Jamie Collins (with help from a Jarvis Landry pick) for another third down conversion. With the specialized running back role becoming the norm in the NFL, Williams may have a role for the Dolphins next year. However, he's not much more than a replacement level talent and won't be asked to contribute much more than he already does.
2014 Week 2 vs BUF (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams picked up the slack after Knowshon Moreno left the game, handling a total of 17 snaps and showing some good power and finishing to his runs. He demonstrated some of that Moreno-like juice running in between the tackles. In true Knowshon fashion, he broke a few tackles and dragged defenders an extra few yards on his runs as well. With Daniel Thomas just resigned, is there worry that Thomas may slot into the backup running back role behind Lamar Miller. Probably not, as the Dolphins released Thomas at final cuts and chose to keep two youngsters, Williams and Orleans Darkwa. In deeper leagues, Williams may be worth a speculative add as the Dolphins have to recommit to running the ball. Additionally, Miller picked up an ankle knock (one that wouldn't have prevented him from re-entering a close game), so Williams could get some increased burn this week in practice to show what he can offer.
2014 Week 9 vs SD (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Williams was the first back on the field to give Lamar Miller a breather and ended up out-touching the other Dolphin back in the mix for carries, Daniel Thomas, 13-11. Neither back did much to separate themselves from each other on the ground, but the game had already been decided on the majority of both players' carries, so it may be difficult to take anything away from the performances. If Miller were to be sidelined for any period of time, Williams and Thomas would likely split time fairly evenly. Both are bigger backs, but it's clear Bill Lazor likes Thomas as a change of pace type player, while Williams projects as more of the between the tackles guy. More than likely, they'd cancel each other out as more of the load would be placed on Ryan Tannehill.
2014 Week 10 vs DET (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Williams didn't see his first offensive snaps until late in the second quarter, but immediately handled two touches and was able to pickup a first down, helping the Dolphins get going on their first scoring drive. After Dan Thomas' fumble early in the third quarter, Williams became the primary early down option and didn't really disappoint, especially against one of the tougher defensive fronts in the league. He ultimately finished the contest with 27 snaps, to 22 for Thomas, and 11 for Miller. When Knowshon Moreno went down, Williams looked like a candidate to take on more of between the tackles running role. While he did produce a nifty 19-yard run on the ground, which accounted for 40% of Miami's rushing yards, he also looked comfortable in the passing game as well, showing soft hands and some after the catch skills as well. Unfortunately, the situation is extremely cloudy heading into Thursday Night Football. Even if Lamar Miller does not suit up, Daniel Thomas and LaMichael James would both probably figure to get work along with Williams against Buffalo. He's certainly worth an add, looking like the most talented non-Miller player in the Miami backfield, but it'll be difficult to start him going forward unless there's some clarity.
2014 Week 11 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Despite playing 9 snaps to Daniel Thomas' 24, Damien Williams out-produced his fellow backup in yardage, 38 to 23, on three fewer touches as well. Williams took on a bigger role last week when Miller was sidelined for most of the Detroit game. With Dan Thomas fumbling again, it stood to reason Williams would see an expanded role on Thursday. It didn't happen, but the rookie still made a few plays in his limited action. He's looked good as an in between the tackles runner, but it looks like Bill Lazor likes him in a third-down role. All nine of his snaps came on passing plays, and the big play he made on the opening drive was 3rd and 24 conversion, after catching a check-down. He made plays in the air against the Lions as well, so with Miller getting healthy, and likely to return to a higher snap count, it will be interesting to see how the Dolphins employ Williams going forward. They know what they have in Daniel Thomas, but clearly Damien Williams is deserving of more snaps.
2014 Week 16 vs MIN (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams was the second back through the rotation for the Dolphins on Sunday, hitting the field after Lamar Miller, but before LaMichael James. After James failed to impress in a change of pace role, Williams took on some more snaps, especially in the fourth quarter when the Dolphins were trailing. Williams was on the field for 20 snaps, with 16 passes being called on those plays. The Dolphins clearly like Williams in the passing game, and will use even use him split as a receiver often. His biggest play, besides his game-tying touchdown catch, was a 20-yard third-down conversion early in the game. He came out of the backfield, and Tannehill found him on a nice intermediate seam route in between Gerald Hodges and Harrison Smith. His TD was fairly routine as well, running a simple curl out of the backfield to the front of the end zone. The Dolphins' RBs saw a total of 12 targets on Sunday, with Miller and Williams hauling in 11 of them for 130 yards and a TD. While that may be flukey, Williams certainly has a chance to carve out a role for the Dolphins in 2015.
2014 Week 17 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams closed out his 2014 season in somewhat understated fashion, hauling in both of his targets. He didn't see a single carry (Daniel Thomas only saw one in relief of Lamar Miller), but was only on the field for 10 passing snaps anyway. That's the way it's been trending for Williams lately, as Lazor has been using the undrafted free agent from Oklahoma in the passing game. And he's excelled there. Even though he only caught a pair of passes on Sunday, he broke a few tackles and piled up some yardage after the catch. While it's debatable that Thomas should even be on the field over Williams, the Dolphins know exactly how they want to use him. While his role is definitely a minimal one, Williams should at the very least have a spot on the Miami backfield next season as a third RB and special teamer. With a reliance on a short passing game, his role could grow further.