RB DeAngelo Williams - Free Agent
|5-10, 217||Born: 4-25-1983||College: Memphis||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2006|
2016 Week 1 vs WAS (26 / 143 / 2 rush, 9 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams patiently followed his blockers and fought hard for additional yardage on the majority of his touches. Late 1st quarter on a 2nd and 22, Williams caught a screen pass and followed his blockers for a 14 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran a cutback exploding through the hole for a 8 yard gain. Mid 2nd quarter, Williams ran a draw and followed his blockers for a strong 8 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran a quick slant for a 4 yard reception. Williams started the second half running off tackle for a 7 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams cutback and exploded off the left side for a 17 yard gain. Mid 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 7 yard gain. Williams was effective moving the chains and grinding the clock during the second half. Early 4th quarter, Williams ran a draw and cutback to the left sideline for a 8 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran up the middle for a 8 yard gain. A few plays later, Williams ran a draw off the left tackle for a 15 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams weaved through 2 tackles at the line of scrimmage and bounced to the left sideline for the touchdown. Late 4th quarter, Williams ran off the left tackle for a 12 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran a counter and to the left sideline for his second touchdown of the game.
2016 Week 2 vs CIN (32 / 94 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was the focal point of the Steelers offense with 36 touches. Williams patiently followed his blockers to grind out hard-fought yards on the majority of his touches. On the first play from scrimmage, Williams took a draw for an 8-yard gain. Mid 1st quarter, Williams ran a sweep to the right sideline for an 11-yard gain. Early 3rd quarter, Williams took a draw and run up the middle through a seam in the defense for an 8-yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Williams caught a short pass, juked the defender, and ran down the right sideline for a 20-yard gain. Later in the drive on 3rd and goal, Williams ran an out-route and was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown reception.
2016 Week 3 vs PHI (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams only had 12 touches as the Steelers fell behind early and Williams was an afterthought. Early in the game, Williams has little room to run as the Eagles smothered the Steelers rushing game. Late 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 10-yard reception.
2016 Week 4 vs KC (4 / 7 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
The Steelers started the game with Williams lined up in the backfield while Le'Veon Bell was split out wide. But, Williams only received 2 carries during the first half for minimal yardage. Mid 4th quarter, Williams entered the game after Bell was tackled after a 44-yard gain. Williams ran untouched off the left tackle for an easy 2-yard touchdown run.
2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo has been a forgotten man since LeVeon Bell returned from his suspension. Williams had 1 rush in the game.
2016 Week 6 vs MIA (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was once again used primarily as a backup to LeVeon Bell.
2016 Week 17 vs CLE (23 / 67 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
With LeVeon Bell resting, DeAngelo Williams was the bell cow for the Steelers offense with 94 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Late 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass and ran for a 11-yard touchdown. On the play, Williams caught the ball at the line of scrimmage before breaking a tackle. He then sprinted toward the end zone and extended the ball while breaking another tackle. Early 3rd quarter, Williams caught another screen pass and ran for a 17-yard gain. Late 3rd quarter, Williams ran a sweep off the right tackle for a 12-yard gain. Williams followed that up on the next play with a 10-yard run cutting to the right sideline. Williams finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams ran up the middle and fell forward into the end zone after meeting resistance.
2016 Week 18 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams only had 2 carries which were both late in the game.
2015 Week 1 vs NE (21 / 127 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
This was the best DeAngelo Williams has looked rushing the ball in years. He was quick hitting the holes that the offensive line was opening up. On the first play of the game, Williams cut back and ran hard around the right side of the line for an 18 yard again. Two plays later, Williams took a RB draw for an 11 yard gain. He came out fast racking up 33 yards on his first three carries. He continued to eat up chunks of yardage on the ground over the next few series. On the fifth series of the game, he took a handoff up the middle for a 28 yard gain. On the same drive, 2nd and 4 from the New England 13 yard line, Williams took the hand-off around the left side of the line for a 10 yard gain. On 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, Williams fought hard but couldn't get in the end zone. This is when he was pulled for backup RB Will Johnson. Williams was not a factor in the passing game as he only received one passing target. He will have one more opportunity as the starting RB next week versus San Francisco.
2015 Week 2 vs SF (20 / 77 / 3 rush, 5 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had his second consecutive quality performance. He ran hard and was productive. During the third series on a 1st and goal from the 2 yard line, Williams patiently followed his blocks for a touchdown run. Late in the second quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 11 yard gain. Later in that drive on a 2nd and goal from the 2 yard line, Williams ran untouched up the middle for his second touchdown. Early in the 4th quarter, Williams grinded the clock with a 16 yard first down around the left side of the line. Later in that drive on a 2nd and goal from the 1, Williams scored his third touchdown of the game. It was a hard fought second effort touchdown putting him over the middle of the line.
2015 Week 3 vs LA (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams only received one touch during the game. During the opening series, Williams took a HB draw out of the shotgun for a 2 yard gain.
2015 Week 4 vs BAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
During the first series of the game on a 2nd and 3, DeAngelo Williams received the handoff out of the shotgun taking the ball up the middle for an 8 yard gain. He received only one other carry, a 3 yard loss, early in the 2nd half.
2015 Week 5 vs SD (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was on the field for a few more plays as compared to the past two weeks. On the opening series, Le'Veon Bell lined up in the wildcat and Williams ran in motion and took the handoff from Bell for a 2 yard gain. Later in the 1st quarter, Williams had runs of 5, 7, and 3 yards. As the game wore on, Bell assumed the bulk of the carries.
2015 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams only received one carry during the game. There is absolutely no timeshare in the Pittsburgh offense.
2015 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was used multiple times as the 3rd down and short yardage running back. Williams entered the game during the middle of the 1st quarter on a 3rd and 1. He ran hard up the middle for a 6 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams was stopped on a 3rd and 1. Williams received another opportunity on the next play when he converted the 4th down. Later in the drive from the Kansas City 6 yard line on a 3rd and 2, Williams dropped an easy pass which would have resulted in a first down and possibly a touchdown. During the next series, Williams entered the game on a 4th and 1 from the Kansas City 32 yard line. Williams was stopped short of the fist down as he had no room to run up the middle. Early in the 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for an 8 yard gain.
2015 Week 8 vs CIN (9 / 71 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams entered the game during the middle of the 2nd quarter after Bell went down with an injury. Late 2nd quarter, Williams caught a HB screen and ran to the left sideline for a 11 yard gain. Williams wasn't able to find any running lanes early in the 3rd quarter. He did make a reception on a HB swing pass for a 13 yard gain. Late in the 3rd quarter, Williams took the hand-off out of a broken I-formation. He cut back to the left side of the field, broke a tackle, and found the left sideline for a 55 yard gain. Late in the 4th quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 12 yard gain. Williams has been reliable when given opportunities this season.
2015 Week 9 vs OAK (27 / 170 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 55 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had a phenomenal game with 225 total yards. He dominated on the ground and found the end-zone for two touchdowns. During the opening series, Williams caught a delayed screen pass and ran for a 33 yard gain. Mid 1st quarter, Williams ran the ball up the middle for a 9 yard gain. On the play, he made a quick cut back and broke a couple of tackles. Early 2nd quarter, Williams ran up the middle for a 3 yard touchdown run. On the play, the right side of the offensive line opened up a good hole for Williams. Williams was left uncovered on the 2-point conversion as he completed the reception with ease. Late 2nd quarter on a 4th and 1 from the Raiders 2 yard line, Williams ran hard up the middle for a 2 yard touchdown run. During the middle of the 3rd quarter, Williams ran the ball off the right tackle for a 12 yard gain. On the next play, Williams caught a screen pass and ran for a 22 yard gain. Late in the 3rd quarter, Williams ran off the left tackle following his blockers as he found the left sideline for a 53 yard gain. During the middle of the 4th quarter, Williams took a hand-off and cut it back to the right side for a 22 yard gain.
2015 Week 10 vs CLE (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was a victim of game script for the majority of the game. When Ben Roethlisberger entered the game, the Steelers focused on the passing game. Late 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for 15 yards. At halftime, Williams had 7 rushes for 3 yards. Early 3rd quarter with an 18 point lead, the Steelers kept their foot on the pedal passing the ball. The Steelers had one offensive series in the 3rd quarter and Williams only received one carry for negative yardage. Early 4th quarter, Williams had an opportunity to run some clock with gains of 4, 4 and 3 yards. A couple of plays later, Williams ran out of the shotgun formation up the middle and cut back for a 9 yard gain. He followed hat up with a 4 yard gain up the middle. Late 4th quarter, Williams found a hole up the middle for another 9 yard gain. He followed that up with a 11 yard gain running off the right tackle. A couple of plays later, Williams cut back for a 12 yard gain up the middle.
2015 Week 12 vs SEA (8 / 29 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was a factor in the passing game with 7 receptions for 88 yards. Williams only had 8 rushes for 29 yards but scored a rushing touchdown. Williams had rushes of 5 and 7 yards early in the 1st quarter. Late 1st quarter, Williams caught a short pass and bounced off a tackle for a 8 yard gain. Late 2nd quarter, Williams found a hole up the middle and rushed for a 6 yard touchdown run. Early 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass and cut across the field for a 17 yard gain. Mid 4th quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 13 yard reception. A few plays later, Williams caught another screen pass for a 14 yard reception. Late 4th quarter, Williams caught a screen pass and found the left sideline for a 34 yard reception.
2015 Week 13 vs IND (26 / 134 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams received a heavy workload with 26 rushes for 134 yards, a 5.2 avg/per rush. He added 5 receptions on 6 targets for 31 yards. During the Steelers first offensive series, Williams patiently followed his fullback, Roosevelt Nix, as he ran up the middle and quickly cut-back to the left sideline for a 21 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran off the left tackle and was stripped of the ball resulting in a fumble. Late 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 10 yard reception. A few plays later, Williams caught another screen pass for a 15 yard reception. Williams number was called to grind the clock with the running game during the second half. Early 3rd quarter, Williams ran up the middle for a 7 yard gain. A few plays later, Williams took the hand-off and bounced to the left sideline for a 16 yard gain. Williams followed that up on the next play with a rush up the middle for a 13 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran off the left tackle for a 13 yard gain. Mid 4th quarter, Williams ran up the middle and then cut-back to the left sideline for a 18 yard gain.
2015 Week 14 vs CIN (23 / 76 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams ran hard and found the end-zone twice. Williams had 23 rushes for 76 yards with 2 touchdowns and added 2 receptions on 2 targets for 15 yards. During the opening series, Williams had 13 combined rushing yards over 6 carries. On 2nd and goal, Williams ran up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams avoided a tackle for loss by cutting back to his left. Late 1st quarter, Williams ran up the middle before bouncing out to the left side for a 9 yard gain. Early 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 6 yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter, Williams ran up the middle and found a large hole for a 15 yard gain. Early 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 9 yard reception. Late 4th quarter, Williams ran up the middle before spinning to his left for a 10 yard gain. A few plays later on 2nd and goal, Williams ran up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams had good run-blocking as he fell into the end-zone.
2015 Week 15 vs DEN (14 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had little room to run against a stout Broncos front. Williams had 14 carries for 26 yards and 1 touchdown adding 5 receptions on 6 targets for 30 yards. During the opening series, Williams ran patiently around the left side of the line for a 4 yard gain. Williams followed that up Williams followed that up catching two screen passes for 2 and 1 yard. On the next series after a Steelers fumble recovery, Williams caught another screen pass breaking an early tackle for a 19 yard reception. On the next play, Williams ran up the middle for a 2 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams patiently waited for an opening and then dove forward over the goal line for the score. Early 3rd quarter, Williams received two straight carries for 1 yard and a 4 yard run around the left side of the line. Early 4th quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 7 yard reception.
2015 Week 16 vs BAL (17 / 100 / 2 rush, 6 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had 17 rushes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 6 receptions on 6 targets for 53 yards. Early 1st quarter, Williams ran patiently up the middle for a 9 yard gain. On the next play, Williams ran up the middle for a 7 yard gain. Williams followed that up on the next play by cutting back to the right and finding the right sideline for a 30 yard gain. A few plays later, Williams was stopped at the line of scrimmage on a 4th and 1. Late 1st quarter, Williams patiently ran up the middle for a 11 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran up the middle finding a hole for a 16 yard gain. Williams had 8 carries for 80 yards rushing during the 1st quarter. Early 2nd quarter, Williams ran off the left tackle for a 5 yard gain. Mid 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 11 yard reception. Late 2nd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 5 yard reception. Early 3rd quarter after a pass interference penalty, Williams ran up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams broke through two arm tackles and fell into the end zone. Late 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 10 yard first down reception. Mid 4th quarter, Williams ran a draw up the middle for a 8 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams caught a screen pass and ran to the left sideline for a 22 yard reception. A few plays later on 2nd and goal, Williams ran for a 2 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams ran around the right side and into the end zone.
2015 Week 17 vs CLE (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams left the game with an ankle injury early in the 2nd quarter. As Williams was being tackled, his right ankle was caught under the defender. At the time of the injury, Williams could not put pressure on the ankle. Williams later returned to the sideline but did not return to the game. Prior to the injury, Williams had 5 rushes for 8 yards with 2 receptions for 13 yards. Early 1st quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 7 yard reception. A few plays later, Williams caught another screen pass for a 6 yard reception before being tackled on the 2 yard line.
2014 Week 1 vs TB (14 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Carrying the bulk of the load for the Panthers in a run-heavy contest, DeAngelo Williams did not look a day past 25 as he weaved his way through a stubborn Bucs defense with great effect. Williams showed excellent burst getting to the corner and appeared fresh as he powered through contact for extra yards between the tackles. Not utilised as much as his compatriot Stewart in the passing attack, Williams was nonetheless a solid blocker. Williams consistently made the most of his runs and even in the face of a well coached Tampa defense managed to find creases. He got the call in the red zone on the Panthers' only red zone possession, but was stuffed for no gain as the Bucs got good penetration.
2014 Week 4 vs BAL (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams made an encouraging start to this contest as the Panthers finally started to get some push up front. Williams showed excellent patience and was able to find small creases to finish runs well with second effort. However, his day was cut short when he scooted outside on a run in the second quarter. He seemed to be clipped on the ankle as he finished the run and came up limping. Although he tried to go back into the game and shake it off, the decision was made for him to sit the rest of the game. It is unknown how serious the injury is, but the Panthers' depth at running back continues to be tested to its limits.
2014 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
The Panthers running game was stuck in neutral against New Orleans, with a patchwork offensive line not managing to find their feet. The Saints front four were often playing on the Panthers' side of the line of scrimmage and consistently forced Williams to cut back or head straight into traffic to salvage any kind of positive gain. Williams was never afforded the chance to get into a rhythm, as he and Stewart would sub in and out. However, the veteran back showed some good lateral agility and vision on a well-executed screen pass for 30 yards, weaving his way between Saints. Williams, to his credit, tried to remain patient and wait for the holes to develop, but it never quite happened.
2014 Week 10 vs PHI (13 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Williams, like the rest of the offense, had a night to forget. Williams was only given 13 carries as he split the backfield with a more effective Jonathan Stewart, and he fumbled on a routine run up the middle. Williams doesn't appear to be the same explosive athlete that he once was, and that coupled with running behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league makes him almost unable to start in fantasy.
2014 Week 11 vs ATL (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Like backfield mate Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams couldn't get into a rhythm in this contest with the Panthers offense struggling to stay on the field. The Panthers ran the football with good success early and it seemed to be a formula they would stick to for the remainder of the game. However, poor third-down execution scuppered this plan. Despite looking hesitant early on and not hitting the hole with any authority or conviction, Williams rebounded and showed good wiggle and bounce to find what was there against Atlanta's front seven.
2014 Week 13 vs MIN (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Panthers clearly decided to go with the hot hand approach at running back in this game, and Williams simply did not heat up at any point to warrant extra touches. The all-time leading rusher in team history showed decent wiggle to power between the tackles on a nine-yard scamper, but overall showed a weariness and lack of enthusiasm in his carries. Running lanes were often clogged up by a stingy Vikings front seven, who forced Williams to bounce the run outside and look for a second crease before cutting upfield. Williams may be a cap casualty in the offseason - and a change of scenery may benefit him.
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Panthers' all-time leading rusher returned after an absence, but did not enter the game until it was well in hand in the fourth quarter. Williams looked energetic and spry on his touches, however, and although he wasn't explosive remained a constant threat to a tiring defense.
2014 Week 19 vs SEA (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Very much relegated to back-up duties to Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams had a couple of nice runs behind some good blocking up front, but failed to make any kind of impact.
2013 Week 1 vs SEA (17 / 86 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Against a disciplined Seattle front seven, DeAngelo Williams had to fight for every yard. The 30-year-old made the most of what the piecemeal Carolina offensive line afforded him, with a greater emphasis on power blocks and more straightforward running plays evident in new offensive coordinator Mike Shula's scheme. Although a stubborn Seattle defense limited his gains, Williams showed good burst and was decisive to and through the hole. The black mark on Williams' report card, however, was a costly fumble in the fourth quarter. With Carolina driving inside the Seattle 20-yard line, Williams broke a run to the outside and looked poised to dash for the end zone. As he was spun around by a tackler, Seattle safety Earl Thomas punched the football loose. It was an excellent play by Thomas, but Williams should have been more aware and secured the ball against his body.
2013 Week 2 vs BUF (22 / 85 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams' first carry went up the middle for three yards on an inside give in which Newton read DE Mario Williams, and handed it off. After a missed Buffalo field goal, the Panthers started their second drive on their own 32 yard line. Another inside give to Williams netted 8 yards, but credit goes to the offensive line for opening up a nice hole. Williams' next few runs were relatively uneventful, gaining no more than one yard each time. The streak of very short runs ended for Williams, when he "broke" one off right tackle for ten yards and a first. A recurring theme of Williams' day was short gains on his mostly ineffective day. His next few gained no more than three, plodding ahead for more short runs. Ironically, his biggest gain of the day came on his next carry, running off right tackle for 21 yards, coming very close to exploding for a touchdown. After a Buffalo fumble, two consecutive direct snaps went to Williams in the wildcat, with Cam Newton lining up at wide receiver, went for two and seven yards, respectively. A continued slew of carries to Williams went for no more than five, continuing the day's ground game narrative for the Panthers. A rare gain of seven yards went on an outside pitch to DeAngelo off right tackle, he moved the chains and seemingly put Carolina in a good position to come away with victory. Williams was far from spectacular on the day, in fact he looked very average. Only showing burst on well-blocked plays, he could have done much more to secure this victory for his team. It's never a good idea to overreact to one game, but Williams looked like a complementary piece to the Panther offense. That may be all he has left in the tank.
2013 Week 3 vs NYG (23 / 120 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Williams has shouldered the load admirably for the Panthers through the first three weeks. While he hasn't broken off any long gains per se, his down-by-down production has produced a solid 4.7 yards per rush. Early on against the Giants, the Panthers signalled their intent to take a page from the playbook of departed offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, running their version of the triple option. Newton, flanked by Mike Tolbert and with Williams behind him in the pistol formation, would fake the inside handoff to Tolbert, then keep the ball himself or pitch it out to Williams. The Giants were ill-prepared and Newton continued to capitalise on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's aggression by pitching to Williams. Slow and steady gains were the story of the day for Williams until late on when he burst out with a 27-yard scamper, following some excellent blocking from the left side of the offensive line. In general, the Giants did a decent job to keep Williams to modest gains, but Williams was strong running after contact and eventually the Panthers' line wore down the opposition.
2013 Week 5 vs ARI (12 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Against a ferocious Cardinals defense, DeAngelo Williams and the Panthers' offensive line could not establish any real threat of a rushing attack. Despite their lack of success Williams looked good on his carries, finding holes when they presented themselves and showing good balance and power between the tackles. With the ground game struggling, Williams became a factor in the passing attack, showing good patience and reading his blocks well on a 19-yard screen pass. The game script simply did not allow Williams to flourish as he might have on another day.
2013 Week 6 vs MIN (17 / 64 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
A workmanlike display from DeAngelo Williams to the tune of 64 yards on the ground and 53 through the air gave the Panthers offense a good platform to build from early on. Williams found few openings in the early stages, but steadily became more patient and got a better feel for proceedings, skipping through gaps and breaking the first wave of tacklers. The Panthers ran a few draw plays early on to try to discourage Minnesota's upfield rushers and Williams took advantage, finding space to weave past defenders on such runs. In truth, Williams could have had a two-touchdown day had he not been pulled in the red zone at the end of long drives. Mike Tolbert took advantage in spelling Williams, but the latter did the grunt work between the 20s. An interesting feature of Williams' role in this game was his involvement in the passing game. Newton looked to him often to check down when the pass rush got to him.
2013 Week 7 vs STL (15 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
The stifling Rams front seven sold out to stop the Panthers' rushing attack in its tracks from the outset, crowding the line and taking away any potential cutback lanes for a frustrated DeAngelo Williams, who was continually stuffed for no gain. Despite the variety of running plays called, Williams failed to find many creases and was forced to take the two-yard gain up the gut rather than bounce it outside and risking a loss of yards. As usual, Williams was solid in pass protection, although he split those duties with Mike Tolbert, who was called upon over Williams at the goal line. Williams got involved on a 19-yard screen pass ñ a staple of the Carolina offense ñ late on, but that was his longest gain on a day defined by a suffocating Rams defensive front.
2013 Week 8 vs TB (8 / 43 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
On only eight carries, DeAngelo Williams never truly got the chance to establish a rhythm, but looked good when he toted the football. The Panthers' offensive line created decent creases for him, but Tampa Bay's defense was quite solid against the run and kept Carolina in third down passing situations. Williams dropped a pair of passes out of the backfield, one of which he appeared to be out of sync with Newton, who expected his running back to sit down in a zone rather than continuing across the field. Williams' 12-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter was a thing of beauty. After a Newton audible at the line, Williams followed the down blocks of his left guard and center, cut it back ñ making two tacklers whiff in the process ñ and dashed into the end zone. It was Williams' first touchdown ñ rushing or receiving ñ of the season. Williams suffered a slight quad injury in the fourth quarter after a low hit, but seemed to be fine after the game. The impending return of Jonathan Stewart will likely eat into his touches, but this backfield is shaping up to be a three-way split going forward.
2013 Week 9 vs ATL (13 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
The return of backfield mate Jonathan Stewart did not significantly affect DeAngelo Williams' touches; rather, it was a stubborn Atlanta defensive front that stymied Williams early in this divisional game. Williams was utilised in the screen game early to good effect as Atlanta came after Cam Newton from the outset. With little room to run, Williams still made the most of his touches and was able to gain positive yards for the most part as he stayed patient. Reshuffling along the offensive line due to injury took the Panthers down to their third-string right guard, but that didn't seem to cause many problems. Williams got the call in the red zone, but once the Panthers got within five yards of pay dirt they turned to Mike Tolbert, who converted for his fourth touchdown of the season. As long as the Panthers remain a run-first offense and game scripts allow them to adhere to that, Williams will continue to prosper; it is the timeshare with Jonathan Stewart that may muddy the waters, however.
2013 Week 10 vs SF (8 / 46 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The former Memphis back produced the standout offensive play in a game defined by defense. Lining up offset to the left of Cam Newton, with Brandon LaFell in the backfield trio, Williams took a handoff on what was a well-conceived option counter play. Newton and LaFell moved right to draw the attention of the defense for a possible pitch out, but Williams cleverly followed his blockers left. The rest was all Williams, as he weaved past a couple of would-be tacklers, tight-roping the sideline and maintaining his balance beautifully to get into the end zone. The 27-yard touchdown was the longest play of the game for either team. Like his backfield mate Stewart, Williams was able to get what was blocked on the ground, but yards were tough to come by as a stifling Niners front seven continued to penetrate and set the edge well. In general, he was able to find a cutback lane when it presented itself and performed well in the Candlestick Park cauldron.
2013 Week 11 vs NE (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Despite the Panthers' efforts to establish the ground game early, it quickly became obvious that they would find little room to run against a Patriots defensive front seven that plugged every gap and played sound, disciplined football. DeAngelo Williams tried to bounce runs outside on occasion when his initial reads were taken, but each time the pursuit was good and the tackle was made. Williams contributed in the passing game as a check down option, but the credit for the lack of production can be chalked up to a dominant Patriots front seven rather than Panthers inept run blocking.
2013 Week 12 vs MIA (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Like backfield mate Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams was unable to find any joy breaking off big runs against Miami, owing to their defense's good pursuit and excellent contain on the edges. Williams played only 31 snaps in this contest, but made the most of his carries, rarely being tackled for a loss. In general Williams was in on passing downs, picking up the blitz well and contributing a couple of receptions as a check down option for Newton. Williams was patient throughout in finding the small seams in Miami's defense, but this was a day the rushing attack just couldn't establish itself.
2013 Week 14 vs NO (13 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams returned to the offense after a week on the injury report and looked effective early on. Carolina tried to establish a rushing attack and had success against the Saints front seven with straightforward power football, Williams following his blocks patiently and taking what was there. Backfield mate Jonathan Stewart looked to have given the team a spark in the second quarter as he spelled Williams, but Stewart injured his knee as he was going out of bounds and did not return to the game. However, by that point the Panthers were firmly in catch-up mode, leaving Williams mostly as a pass protector and check down option - a role that resulted in little production for the former Memphis ball carrier.
2013 Week 15 vs NYJ (15 / 81 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 87 / 1 rec)
Over the last few seasons, DeAngelo Williams has come on very strong during Weeks 14 through 17. With Jonathan Stewart nursing a knee injury, Williams did not disappoint. Williams was Carolina's featured running back and turned in a signature performance by totaling 168 yards and 1 TD. Williams' signature play occurred during the second quarter where he took a designed screen pass 72-yard for a touchdown. Williams displayed his excellent vision and open field burst as he followed his blocks. Of note, Brandon LaFell mauled rookie corner Dee Millner and easily drove him down field and out of the play. Williams had a lot of success against New York's second ranked run defense by being patient and allowing play action to set-up his runs. Williams spun away from initial tacklers and kept his legs running upon receiving contact. Williams lost all short-yardage and goal line work to Mike Tolbert, but when Williams receives of 15 or more carries, he has shown he can be a dynamic player. New York's defense has yielded several big plays over the last few weeks. Williams just added to the list of players that will post big games against this an increasingly pedestrian New York defense.
2013 Week 16 vs NO (12 / 67 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Against a stout Saints front DeAngelo Williams fought hard for yardage but found little joy. The Panthers offensive line sprung some decent blocks but each time it seemed the Saints defenders played their gap technique well and were there to foil any positive gain. Williams showed good speed early to get to the edge on a counter, and rarely shied away from contact, lowering his pads for extra yards. His best moment of the game - and indeed, the Panthers' offense best moment - came on a well-blocked 43-yard touchdown scamper at the end of the first half. Left guard Travelle Wharton pulled around to lead Williams through, with good kick-out blocks helping spring him. The play was so well executed that Williams was not touched on his way to pay dirt.
2013 Week 17 vs ATL (10 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 75 / 0 rec)
The best thing that could be said about DeAngelo Williams' performance was that he rarely had to settle for negative runs, although the Panthers' rushing attack failed to get any real momentum going in this divisional clash. Limited to 33 yards on 10 touches, Williams was stymied by a disciplined and swarming Atlanta front seven, but he ran hard between the tackles and showed good burst when a crease opened up. His speed was on full display on a 56-yard catch and run that resulted in a fumble. Cam Newton floated the pass out to Williams with blockers in front and the running back showed excellent vision to weave his way past Falcons and turn on the jets. He looked certain to score, but the ball was knocked out from the crook of his right arm and recovered by Atlanta.
2013 Week 19 vs SF (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a forgettable outing for the Panthers' rushing attack, DeAngelo Williams was largely anonymous. The offensive line tried to establish themselves early, only for Williams to be stuffed for short gains or met at the line of scrimmage. The Panthers turned to option football to try to spark something positive, but the Niners largely kept this in check too. Williams had no opportunities to influence the game as a pass receiver either, as the Niners snuffed out screen pass attempts.
2012 Week 1 vs TB (6 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was smothered on the few carries he got by a swarming Bucs defense that simply allowed no running room. On one or two occasions, it looked as if Williams had a crease, but it was closed as quickly as it opened. The pass-heavy play calling by OC Rob Chudzinski did not allow Williams to get into rhythm. The lack of any joy on the ground can be attributed more to the Tampa Bay front seven than anything else.
2012 Week 2 vs NO (14 / 69 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was a big part of the Panthers' offensive attack as they put an emphasis on running the football, especially via the zone read option. Williams had several 'chunk' plays and was able to read his blocks well to get to the second level. His touchdown came on a straightforward zone read play in the red zone; he simply ran it up the gut and scored. Williams has RB1 upside in the right match-ups.
2012 Week 3 vs NYG (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
With Jonathan Stewart ruled out, DeAngelo Williams took the bulk of the carries, amounting to 11 overall. The game script was not conducive to a ground attack as the Panthers fell behind early to a stifling Giants team. Williams looked good on the few touches he got; showing good burst and speed to the corner on some zone read plays. If the Panthers defense continues to play this poorly, however, the Panthers may not be in a position to run the football often. Williams is a decent RB2 going forward.
2012 Week 4 vs ATL (11 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams received more touches out of the backfield, likely due to the Panthers' desire to bring Stewart back at a slow pace following injury. Williams ran with the opportunity, carrying the football outside and inside and looking quick and decisive on his touches. Atlanta began to key on the zone read as the game wore on, so the 5- and 6-yard inside runs turned into 2- and 3-yard runs. Williams ran with good vision when he bounced runs outside, and was not afraid to take on defenders. On his touchdown run, Newton handed Williams the ball on the zone read and Williams made the defensive back miss before reaching pay dirt. He was used as a pass receiver at times as well, although one screen pass intended for him was blown up immediately by Atlanta's pursuit.
2012 Week 5 vs SEA (6 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had a forgettable day against Seattle. From the outset, the Panthers' normally potent rushing attack was stifled by the Seahawks' dominant front seven. Each rushing attempt was snuffed out immediately. Williams' day went from bad to worse when, on an option pitch in the third quarter, CB Brandon Browner ripped the ball away and forced a turnover. Williams was unable to find space to create his own lanes in the game either; each attempt was stuffed within three yards of the line of scrimmage.
2012 Week 7 vs DAL (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In this muddled multi-million dollar backfield, DeAngelo Williams' fortunes are perhaps the most puzzling. Williams was a total non-factor in this game, carrying the football only twice for four yards. It was primarily Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert who were asked to pass protect, so Williams' role on third down was done away with as well. It is hard to know what the Panthers are thinking with this running back situation.
2012 Week 8 vs CHI (11 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams saw plenty of work, though nowhere near as much as you'd expect given his paycheck. The Panthers tried several ways to get him the ball, including a couple of direct snaps. While he did have some good runs, he met a lot of resistance in the backfield and had to fight his way to just get to the line more often than not. Williams was not a factor at all in the passing game, and it is very clear he is not the primary back, as well as not even a thought in 3rd down plays. Williams does a good job keeping his legs moving, but lacks the pop that Stewart possesses.
2012 Week 9 vs WAS (6 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams carried the football fewer times than his backfield counterpart Jonathan Stewart but made the most of his touches by reaching pay dirt. The play was a good show of the kind of speed on the edge that Williams has; he bounced the play outside as soon as he saw daylight and then outran defenders who had the angle on him to the end zone. Although Williams is being utilised more and more by the coaching staff as an option to spell Jonathan Stewart, his talent came out on his touchdown dash. Apart from that, however, his impact was limited and the Redskins did an excellent job of bottling up the Panthers' ground game for the most part.
2012 Week 10 vs DEN (6 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams returned to his back-up role in this game, hardly touching the football the entire game. His longest play, a screen pass with barely four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, was the sum total of his contribution. He carried the football earlier in the game, but failed to capitalise against a stout Broncos front seven that consistently bottled up running lanes. Williams was featured in pass protection on occasion, but that is predominantly Jonathan Stewart's gig. The pattern seems to suggest that Stewart will receive the majority of the touches going forward.
2012 Week 11 vs TB (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Jonathan Stewart hobbled slightly by an ankle injury, DeAngelo Williams came on in relief. Williams struggled to find any creases behind a reconstructed offensive line that was up against the best run defense in football. Williams' burst seems to be there in spurts, but it is not consistent enough. He seemed unwilling to bounce runs to the outside when the opportunity presented itself. Williams was pulled on passing downs as per normal. Ultimately, the poor blocking and lack of opportunity cost Williams.
2012 Week 12 vs PHI (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams, after a slow start in terms of snaps played in this game, saw the majority of action in the second half. Williams, however, was unable to muster any kind of consistent yardage on the ground against a surprisingly stout Eagles run defense. One run that Williams bounced outside for 15 yards was called back by a holding penalty. It is noteworthy that Williams was the primary third down back for the second half as well, although no injury to Jonathan Stewart was evident.
2012 Week 13 vs KC (12 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams assumed the lead back role with Jonathan Stewart out, and the former Memphis back did a decent job with his touches. The Panthers ran plenty of option looks, but Williams thrived when the Chiefs lost their backside contain especially. He was able to get the defenders to flow one way, and then quickly cut back by stabbing his foot into the ground and shooting through the gap to daylight. Williams had some nice yards after first contact as well as the Panthers' rushing offense began to click as the game wore on. The best aspect of Williams' performance was how decisive he was hitting the hole. On some carries, he showed a lack of patience and did not let the blocking develop in front of him. He seemed to gain confidence as his carry total increased. It was a solid outing by Williams all in all.
2012 Week 14 vs ATL (17 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 56 / 1 rec)
DeAngelo Williams accumulated over a century of total yardage against the Falcons, running behind some excellent blocking from his offensive line all game long. The Panthers dominated the time of possession in the first half; Atlanta only ran 13 offensive plays, in fact. Williams was the beneficiary, pounding on a tiring defense between the tackles from both the traditional strong and weak I formations and the full house backfield off zone read looks. Williams was particularly effective between the tackles, as Carolina's makeshift interior was able to get some nice seal blocks for him to exploit. At times, he lacked the patience as in previous weeks to stay true to the design of the play and bounced runs outside. For the most part, however, he proved to be a sustaining force on the ground, did not fumble the football and was adequate in pass protection when called upon. Williams capped off his afternoon with a 53-yard touchdown on a well-blocked screen pass. Following his blocks and hurdling over would-be tacklers on the ground as a result of said blocks, Williams ran untouched to pay dirt.
2012 Week 15 vs SD (22 / 93 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 51 / 1 rec)
Right from the outset, it appeared that Williams was going to be heavily involved (he led all players with 24 touches). The first play of the game was a direct snap to Williams, and he was leaned on early and often throughout the game. Williams got some good lanes created by his offensive line, and took advantage by hitting the holes hard and picking up chunks of yardage. In the first half, he took an inside handoff from the 5-yard line and managed to get it right to the doorstep of the goal line (Mike Tolbert finished off the drive with the short touchdown run). Williams did manage to pick up a score on an electric play late in the first half. QB Cam Newton threw a short screen pass to Williams that was deflected at the line. But despite the deflection, the ball still made its way to the intended target Williams, who did the rest. He followed a caravan of blockers downfield for the 45-yard touchdown reception that put Carolina up 21-0 and cut the heart out of the Charger defense. About the only blemish on Williams' day was his second half lost fumble. He dove while trying to stretch out for extra yardage, and just before he hit the ground the ball was punched loose and recovered by the Chargers.
2012 Week 16 vs OAK (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams could have had a 76-yard touchdown run had it not been for a holding penalty on WR Steve Smith. Williams got the edge on the toss play and showed some excellent speed and cutback ability to reach pay dirt, but it was not to be. In the end, he finished with only 19 yards on 10 carries. He looked good on a pair of screen passes; what stands out is how quick his feet are and his tackle-breaking ability. Williams has put himself in the shop window for a potential trade in the near future with his decent finish to the season.
2012 Week 17 vs NO (21 / 210 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams - with a huge assist from the offensive line - made short work of a Saints defense that struggled to come to terms with the most basic running play, the off tackle power. Time after time, the Panthers would run this same play and Williams - and Mike Tolbert - continued to churn out yardage. The Panthers' blocking was exquisitely executed at times, allowing Williams clear lanes to rush through. Throughout the game, Williams' explosiveness and quickness in and out of his cuts stood out. Early on, he came close to a 60+ yard touchdown run, only to be tackled at the 1-yard line. He got his just desserts later, however, as he broke a 54-yard scamper on a power play, cutting it back expertly to get the defense to flow one way, then sticking his foot in the ground and bounding away to the end zone like a gazelle. Williams added insult to the already injured Saints' defense when he added a late touchdown, following perfect blocks to the left end to score untouched. If this was Williams' final game in Carolina, he certainly made a statement to other teams watching that he is far from done.
2011 Week 1 vs ARI (12 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams was limited to short gains on most of his carries early on in this game as Arizona's defense swarmed to the football. Still, Williams' lack of success on the ground cannot be completely attributed to the Cardinals stymieing defense. At times the running back simply lacked the kind of burst we expect to see. Williams was used as a check down in the passing game on a couple of occasions, one of which was a slightly high but catchable pass from Newton that was almost intercepted due to a tip by Williams.
2011 Week 2 vs GB (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Carolina simply could not establish a running game with any consistency as DeAngelo Williams was met time and time again in the hole by Packer defenders. As a result, Williams was often the recipient of check down passes - an extension of the running game - and had a little success. His best carry of the day was an inside give out of a shotgun spread formation when Williams showed good toughness between the tackles. Williams was the less effective of the two backs and still looks as if he lacks his explosiveness of the past.
2011 Week 3 vs JAX (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams appears to be the far inferior running back for the Panthers after three weeks of play. Williams lacks the kind of urgency and burst he used to have in each and every run, replaced now by a 'going through the motions' style. Williams is not hitting the hole as hard and his 5 yard gains could be more and in all likelihood would have been if this was Williams circa 2008. As in previous weeks, Williams was used a safety valve for Newton in the passing game on check downs, but that is perhaps his only saving grace from a fantasy perspective. This Panthers offense has moved away from the ground and pound philosophy, with most of their runs coming out of a shotgun formation. Williams' stock is on the decline and if these lacklustre performances persist, Stewart and even Mike Goodson could see a lot more time in the backfield.
2011 Week 4 vs CHI (10 / 82 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams looked to be very intent on making a statement in this game if his pre-game stalking of the sidelines was anything to go by. He started well, breaking a 26 yard run out of the 2TE set on a zone run to the right side, breaking tackles and physically mauling defenders on the way. Williams got several snaps in the wild cat (single wing) offense, a formation the Panthers used at times under the coaching of John Fox. Williams had some success out of this formation, including a good run late which was called back by penalty. Williams only carried the football ten times, but he appeared to be much more elusive, powerful and determined in his running style. If the Panthers ever get into a game where they have the lead, expect Williams to produce. If not and they have to keep passing, Williams' value is capped.
2011 Week 5 vs NO (9 / 115 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams hit the century mark in this game and looked good doing it. A new wrinkle of the Panthers offense is to allow Williams to take the ball on a direct snap out of the 'Wild Panther'. Williams showed excellent vision and patience on these direct snap runs, allowing his offensive line and the defenders' pursuit angle to dictate where he would run. Williams' opportunities, like Stewart's, were limited due to the Panthers' lack of possession. Williams scored a 69-yard touchdown on a speed option play, perfectly executed by Newton. Newton sprinted left and when the defender went to tackle Newton, he pitched it out to a sprinting Williams. Williams followed the excellent block of Legedu Naanee for a touchdown down the left sideline. Be warned that this kind of game is probably the ceiling for Williams with how effectively Cam Newton is running the offense.
2011 Week 6 vs ATL (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams did not manage to break off any big runs in this game as he did last week against the Saints, but he ran with his usual tenacity, patience and deceptive speed and power. The Panthers successfully utilised the misdirection play several times in this game; it was their go-to play when Williams got carries. His best run of the day was an 18-yard carry off misdirection. Only a despairing hustle play by John Abraham prevented a much bigger gain. Stewart appears to be the more dynamic back this season and is definitely preferred by this coaching staff in pass protection. However, Williams will continue to see touches as the de facto starter. His up-and-down games make it difficult to trust him as anything more than a flex play.
2011 Week 7 vs WAS (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams got plenty of carries in this game but wasn't able to do much with them due to a mainly solid Redskins run defense. Williams ran with good pop and power but never managed to break off a longer run, something that is crucial for his value in fantasy leagues. Stewart is the preferred option in the red zone. Williams' burst is still there, as are his desire and instincts. The problem is that he simply does not get enough opportunities.
2011 Week 8 vs MIN (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams did not have many opportunities to carry the rock in this game, but when he did he looked very positive and ran with good burst. Williams looked like he could have had a big run on a toss play to the left but a seal was not made and the play was too slow to develop. Williams and Stewart continue to be flex options only as the Panthers' offense continues to emphasise the passing game.
2011 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams' value is at a trough right now and it may not get much better. His only big run of the day came on a tote of 21 yards between the tackles. It was a well executed play and well blocked. Williams got good yardage after first contact. He, like Stewart, was limited by the fact that Panthers got behind big early. Williams remains a marginal RB2 and is better suited as a flex option going forward.
2011 Week 11 vs DET (10 / 73 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams is still not playing at the level of backfield mate Jonathan Stewart, but he played a good game here to make up some ground. The Panthers put an emphasis on running the football against the aggressive Lions defensive front seven. Williams showed excellent burst on a 29 yard run off right tackle early on, spinning away from potential tacklers. Williams had a huge reception late in the game that would have gone for a touchdown had he not been pulled down by his hair by DE Cliff Avril. Expect the Panthers to rely more on the ground game in the final few weeks of the season with some winnable games on the schedule.
2011 Week 12 vs IND (15 / 69 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had his first two-touchdown performance since mid-season 2009, putting on a good performance against Indianapolis. The Panthers focused on getting the ground attack in gear early, with Williams taking snaps out of the wildcat and taking an option pitch from Newton on the first play. Williams was mostly limited to short gains as the Colts played solid run defense at times. His first rushing touchdown went for 25 yards and was an impressive one. Williams took the ball around the left side and made a sharp cut back, outrunning defenders for the score. He finished off a Panthers drive with a rushing touchdown out of the shotgun, following a good block by Jeremy Shockey for a touchdown. Consider this box score to be the best you will see from Williams all season long.
2011 Week 13 vs TB (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams, along with running mate Jonathan Stewart, were called to duty early in this game. After a few carries for decent gains early, the Panthers started to lean more on the pass and the legs of Cam Newton to move the football. Williams, after his two touchdown display last week, came back to earth in a big way. His play on the field was very solid. He ran with good low pad level between the tackles with a fearless mean streak typical of his game, belying his smallish frame. Williams could have registered a touchdown in the red zone but was stopped just short on a couple of occasions. The Panthers rushing offense is really clicking at the moment, but Williams' value is largely dependent on his touchdowns, which are inconsistent.
2011 Week 14 vs ATL (7 / 87 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams' value is difficult to predict on any given week. This week was one of the days when he showed his explosiveness with a beautiful 74-yard touchdown run off the right side. Center Ryan Kalil pulled to the outside and WR Brandon LaFell made a key block on the outside to spring Williams untouched down the sideline. Atlanta's active front seven kept Williams bottled up for the most part, but the long run shows how he can make a fantasy day with one carry.
2011 Week 15 vs HOU (15 / 61 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams reached the end zone for the second time in as many weeks, showing tremendous burst and speed as he coasted by defenders. Williams was bottled up early in the contest by the Texans tough run defense, but gradually he began to find more joy, often bouncing runs outside for decent gains. As a fantasy option going forward, Williams represents a risk but his talent is there for all to see. With the right opportunity, he could be a top ten RB.
2011 Week 16 vs TB (7 / 66 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams has been ascending again in recent weeks and added two touchdowns to his tally in this game. Williams has not lost any of his burst; he routinely outran defenders to the outside edge and made some ankle-breaking moves in space. Williams simply lacks the opportunity in this offense to thrive. His first touchdown run was in the red zone on a counter play. Williams followed some good blocks down the field and sprinted almost untouched into the end zone. His second score of the day came on a well-executed option pitch. The defense forgot to account for him and he duly obliged with a score. How the Panthers use their running backs will lengthen their careers, but their fantasy value is capped as well.
2011 Week 17 vs NO (7 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams played well as part of the dual Panthers backfield, running with good quickness and speed when he was allowed the room by his offensive line. Williams found a little success out of single wing (wildcat) formations as well, but overall the Saints did a good job against the rushing offense of Carolina. Williams' pass catching has improved this season and he served as an outlet for Newton on a few occasions.
2010 Week 1 vs NYG (16 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams started slow, but was able to start making progress throughout the second quarter once the line started playing better and he got a rhythm going. However, he only carried the ball four more times in the second half, and all of them early and ineffective. Once the team fell behind, they pretty much abandoned the run, despite it being a strength of the team. Williams was not looked at in the pass attack as well. His 4.8 yards per carry is encouraging and it's not time to worry yet, but the fact that the Panthers dropped the run so completely and the pass game struggled so mightily is a concern. Williams was held back not by a lack of ability on his part, but a lack of opportunity due to game situation. He should get much more opportunity - and production - against the Buccaneers next week.
2010 Week 2 vs TB (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams is still the de facto starter for this offense and showed why early on with some typical great cutback runs for ten and eleven yards. The Buccaneers played solid run defense all day and prevented Williams from making cutbacks, often getting good penetration into the offensive backfield. Williams ran hard with his touches and even caught a nice screen pass, getting yards after contact and sprinting to the 2 yard line on the Panthers final possession. It was a solid performance from Williams despite the good play of Tampa Bay's defense and the Panthers lack of efficiency in the passing game.
2010 Week 3 vs CIN (10 / 64 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams came out of the gates hot with a nice 26 yard scamper in which he made a couple of nifty cutbacks and then turned on the jets, rambling up the left sideline. Williams had another beautiful run on the Panthers touchdown drive which took the offense down to the one yard line. Williams was unfortunate not to score himself on the play, but showed good patience and urgency to explode downhill. Williams is suffering from a Panthers offense that simply cannot get in synch right now. He constantly has to deal with eight and sometimes even nine men in the box, but despite that he is making the most of the few carries he has been getting.
2010 Week 4 vs NO (13 / 86 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Williams is looking every bit the part of the elite lead back he has been over the last two seasons, but the surrounding offense is going to give him few chances to put up big numbers this year. The elite burst, vision, and sharpness in his cuts are all still there, and all three were on display on a cutback, reverse field 39-yard TD run, when a DB proved to be no match for his power in the open field. Williams is making the most of his carries, but his instinct to try to turn every run into a long one hurt the Panthers when he tried to cutback outside on a carry on the edge of game-winning FG range that was thrown for a loss. He will maintain RB2 value, but his owners have to be disappointed.
2010 Week 5 vs CHI (12 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams played well on his first few carries of the game as he broke off a nice 23 yard run early behind a great block from FB Tony Fiammetta. However, Williams was largely a victim of the game situation as has been the case most of this season. Once the Panthers got behind, Williams didn't get many touches and the ones he did get, he wasn't very effective with them. The Bears run defense was their typical stubborn self, not allowing Williams to find the crease and plugging the running lanes.
2010 Week 7 vs SF (19 / 44 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
The bad news for Deangelo Williams owners is that he rushed for just 44 yards on Sunday against the 49ers. The good news is that, if Matt Moore continues playing like he did in this game then Williams should expect more touches as evidenced by his season leading 19 carries Sunday. His relatively poor rushing day (by his own standards) can be attributed to the fact that the 49ers practically dared Matt Moore to beat them through the air (which he did) while consistently stacking extra defenders in the box to ensure they wouldn't get beaten on the ground (which they didn't). Although Williams left with what appeared to be a foot injury late in the game, the general consensus is that it isn't very serious. The situation will obviously warrant your attention though since we never truly know how badly a player is injured until everything is out in the open.
2009 Week 1 vs PHI (14 / 37 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Williams was the starting rusher for Carolina, ultimately capping the first and only touchdown drive for the Panthers. Williams showed excellent cutting ability and vision, breaking quickly to open spaces. On the touchdown, Williams noticed that the Eagles lost containment around the end and Williams broke wide and had the corner in a heartbeat, easily scoring his first six points of the young year. After that score, however, the Eagles made adjustments and kept Williams in check for the remainder of the game. Williams also added four catches and 42 yards receiving, leading all Panthers in yardage as a pass catcher. Williams likely would have had over 100 combined yards easily if not for the game getting out of hand in the second half, but it is troubling that Jonathan Stewart had the same number of carries as Williams until the final drive of the game.
2009 Week 2 vs ATL (16 / 79 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Williams found a way to make it a good day for his fantasy owners, even though the Panthers were behind for most of the game. He's still in a 60-40ish split with Jonathan Stewart, but he converted another goal-line carry by breaking it outside when nothing was there (and using a stiff arm), and Williams ran with the same power and overwhelming burst that he has displayed since the middle of last season. Williams was one broken tackle away from a big run at least a few times, and he made an ankle-breaking cut in the open field on a late reception to get a key first down, keeping the Panthers hopes alive. The end of the first half brought a few runs against the nickel package and gave Williams about 30 cheap yards, and he did fumble in his own end, setting up the score that gave the Falcons control of the second half.
2009 Week 3 vs DAL (11 / 64 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Williams ran as well as you could have hoped for, including a first-down conversion on a third-and-16 draw play, but he never got a chance to gash the Cowboys for a lot of yards because the Panthers couldn't get any extended drives going, except for the two-minute drill. He rattled off a couple of moderately long runs, but Williams didn't have enough touches to have a big game on Monday night.
2009 Week 5 vs WAS (18 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Williams had a poor start against the Redskins fumbling on his very first carry. Things didn't improve much from there as Williams constantly found no room to run both between the tackles and to the outside. His best runs came to the right side of the line and his most important carries came in the 4th quarter as the Panthers worked to run out the clock. Williams had 13 yards on 4 straight carries over the course of two and a half minutes from deep inside Carolina territory to as the Panthers iced the game and earned their first win of the year. Williams did not have a reception in the passing game.
2009 Week 6 vs TB (30 / 152 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Williams showcased great moves all day long. He was shifty in traffic, and his breakaway speed got him a 20 yard TD early in the game. He was able to gain a lot of yardage with seemingly very little space to run, then has the ability to get outside for extra yards. He also ran it up the gut successfully for short yardage when the game was on the line, and caught both passes thrown to him as well. He did it all, and his 30 carry, 172 yard, 2 TD day is all the more astounding when considering that Carolina's struggling passing game meant that the defense knew exactly what was coming.
2009 Week 7 vs BUF (16 / 89 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Williams played like an all-pro, breaking tackles and dragging tacklers anytime he wasn't met in the backfield. He also make a few tacklers miss and flashed his signature blazing initial burst. He was one tackle away from breaking one of the long TD runs he made happen so often last year, and he was also very useful as an outlet receiver out of the backfield. Williams displayed patience to let the holes develop, then explosiveness to hit the hole as soon as it developed. He used his stiff arm to get extra yardage, and broke multiple tackles on the way to the Panthers only TD on a fourth down carry. His stamina was outstanding as Williams ran as hard late in the game as he did early on. None of the blame for this loss belongs at his feet.
2009 Week 8 vs ARI (23 / 158 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was able to find a lot of room on almost every carry. While the touchdowns don't fall strictly under the 'vulture' definition, Williams essentially set up both of Jonathan Stewart's touchdowns by getting most of the carries up to that point in the drive. The two backs are not used in a strict rotation, but they spell each other often, and as a result are always fresh and running hard. As was the case this game, the Carolina running game is so dominant that both can be productive, but it's a coin toss as to who will score on any given game day.
2009 Week 9 vs NO (21 / 149 / 2 rush, 5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo is clearly in mid-season form, putting his full talents as a RB on display for yet another week. In week 9 Williams had a lot of room to exploit the Saints suddenly leaky front 7, piling up 156 total yards and 2 TD's. On the games 1st drive he blew up for a 66 yd TD run slicing through the defense with his patented cut back move. Williams ran with great patience on his 2nd td showing a stutter step to allow the Saints defense to over-pursue him. Despite his stellar box score day Williams made a couple of crucial mistakes that may have cost his team the game however. In the 4th quarter he had a sure TD catch go off his hands in the end zone, and with the game on the line he fumbled inside his own 3 yard line that was returned for a TD. Fantasy owners should rejoice though, as he is playing at a similar clip that he displayed towards the end of last season.
2009 Week 10 vs ATL (19 / 92 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Williams was an ankle tackle away from big runs on at least two occasions on a day that could have been a lot bigger. Stewart got the one-yard plunge, but Williams got a goal-to-go touch, but he was pulled for Stewart on the next play, and Stewart also got the call when Steve Smith was tackled at the one-yard line. Williams ran with the same power, exceptional burst, balance, and toughness that we have seen from him all year. There were absolutely no signs that the knee that made him a game-time decision had any effect on his game whatsoever.
2009 Week 11 vs MIA (13 / 122 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams had two big runs in Week 11 against the Dolphins, topping 15 yards on two different snaps. Williams broke through the line for a 50-yard gain in the third quarter where only Miami's Yeremiah Bell kept him from scoring, and then later added a nice 18-yard off-tackle run down to the Miami eight-yard line in the same period. It was interesting to see that after both big runs Jonathan Stewart came in to replace Williams - understandable after the 50-yarder, but questionable after the 18-yard gainer as Williams was by far the best back on the night. Williams should have had far more touches than he did but Carolina seemed insistent on throwing the ball despite Williams' successes on the ground. Williams remains a top fantasy runner that is a must start every week.
2009 Week 12 vs NYJ (16 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
You knew what kind of day it was going to be for Williams when he was met behind the line of scrimmage on his first two runs. He did at least convert the third-and-long set up by the those stuffs on the next play. Jake Delhomme no longer forces the defense to honor the pass, so Williams was met at or near the line on most of his runs, and bouncing plays outside didn't work either. The best hope for his owners is that Matt Moore or Josh McCown somehow breathe life into this passing offense, because Delhomme isn't the guy for the job anymore.
2009 Week 14 vs NE (13 / 82 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
The 6th leading rusher in the NFL was limited to just 13 carries but made the most of them averaging an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. Williams used his great vision and burst through the point of attack on nice jots of 26 and 22 yards. He simply doesn't slow down when he changes direction and is as elusive as RB's get. But the running game didn't get many opportunities in this contest as the Carolina coaching staff went after the NE secondary, unleashing a mediocre Matt Moore, who threw 30 times, in a close game. Williams' electric style brings a certain pizaz to this conservative offense and he continues to pair with receiver Steve Smith as the Panthers only legitimate offensive weapons.
2009 Week 15 vs MIN (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams was ineffective in the first quarter and sprained his ankle with under a minute to play. He left the game and never returned. The injury is a concern because it is similar to the one that kept him out of action just a couple weeks ago.
2008 Week 1 vs SD (18 / 86 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams started the game and got the great majority of the carries in the expected running back committee with Jonathan Stewart (Williams had 18 carries to Stewart's ten). Williams looked outstanding all game long, slashing by defenders, finding the edge to turn the ball upfield, and finding creases on the interior of the defense where there appeared to be none. With 48 first quarter yards, he really helped establish the way the rest of the game was going to be played at the line of scrimmage. He also showed a willingness to take on tacklers and tried running over them when he was eventually hit. He consistently gained positive yardage, and looks to be the Carolina back to start in the early portion of the season. His carries decreased in the second half, though it should be noted that the Panthers ran less in general after halftime.
2008 Week 2 vs CHI (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
Williams didn't have a very productive day, running for only 31 yards on 11 carries. He also had a negative six yard reception, getting swallowed up in the backfield by the Bears before he had much of a chance to react. Any yards he gained today he had to fight for, and after running ineffectively for the first half, the team gave most of the carries to Stewart in the second half.
2008 Week 3 vs MIN (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Williams got the start in this game over Jonathan Stewart and despite his poor numbers running the ball, he actually lead Carolina in rushing. He had good runs of six, seven, and eight yards in this game, but his remaining seven carries averaged less than a yard per carry.
2008 Week 4 vs ATL (16 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Williams started the game and split carries with Jonathan Stewart. Williams was mostly contained, but did have a pretty 21 yard run in the second half. On the play, he ran hard and broke two tackles. Williams caught two passes for nine yards.
2008 Week 5 vs KC (20 / 123 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 25 / 1 rec)
Williams seemed to have a knack for finding open space. Since he was sharing the rushing duties (and therefore not always on the field), it did not look like the dominating performance that it was. He made it look quite easy, and had his three TDs before the first half was through. He only caught the one pass, but appeared to be the RB of choice on passing downs.
2008 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Williams led Carolina with 11 carries for 27 yards on the ground and caught both passes thrown his way for eight yards. He had a long run of just seven yards and was bottled up all game long against the Buccaneers.
2008 Week 7 vs NO (18 / 66 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Williams scored a touchdown on a short four yard pass and also gained 68 yards on the ground. He is dividing the rushing responsibilities with Stewart and this remains a RBBC.
2008 Week 8 vs ARI (17 / 108 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Williams punished the defense with hard runs up the middle. He finished the game with 17 carries for 108 yards, with a long run of 15 yards. He was instrumental in the fourth quarter when the Panthers held the ball for the last 5:57 of the game getting a first down on a third and 13 with his second 15 yard carry of the day. He scored on a 15 yard run in the third quarter to put the Panthers within seven. He caught two passes for 15 yards out of the backfield.
2008 Week 10 vs OAK (19 / 140 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams got the bulk of the work running the ball for the Panthers and responded for Carolina with 19 rushes for 140 yards and a touchdown and also added one reception for three yards on his only target of the game. For the game, Williams averaged over seven yards a carry - which was helped by his touchdown run of 69 yards.
2008 Week 11 vs DET (14 / 120 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams split time with Jonathan Stewart in the backfield. He was still able to gain 120 yards and score two touchdowns, one of them coming on an impressive 56 yard run where he looked to be an elite back. The Lions have a way of making running backs look like that though, as Williams produced those numbers on only 14 carries.
2008 Week 12 vs ATL (19 / 101 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
While Williams finished with 101 yards and averaged over five yards per carry, it should be noted that just 25 yards of those came in the first quarter, and 24 more came in the final minute after which both teams had conceded the Falcons seventeen point victory. That said, Williams looked very good making tacklers miss as he made his way past would be tacklers on his five yard touchdown run over right tackle as well as his straight forward plunge into the end zone on a later two point conversion. Williams' longest run of the day was for 21 yards midway through the third quarter.
2008 Week 13 vs GB (21 / 72 / 4 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Right when DeAngelo Williams was starting to get hot and in typical John Fox style, Williams was replaced by Jonathan Stewart. After the leg cramps showed up in Stewart they had no choice and Williams showed power pushing piles and driving through for the last three touchdown runs. Don't get too excited about the four touchdowns as all of them were from the one yard line. But, his one long run of the day was almost a touchdown if it weren't for the saving play of DB Nick Collins. Before Jonathan Stewart was out with leg cramps Carolina did leave Williams in for the short yardage runs. Williams did not have a huge yards per carry day but it was nice to see him used in many short yardage situations.
2008 Week 14 vs TB (19 / 186 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Williams started the game slow, and then showed the great burst of his by breaking a 40 yard run up the middle midway through the second quarter. It would the first of several long runs in the game. The run put Williams over 1,000 yards for the year. He did a great job of breaking tackles in this game against a very good defense. He is also very elusive when he gets into the open field and has the speed to outrun defensive backs. Williams had seven carries for 63 yards in the first half. Williams did not get the goal line carries in this game as watched from the sidelines as RB Jonathan Stewart ran for two scores from inside the five yard line in the second half. But Williams and the rushing attack got stronger as the game went on and he ripped off another long run late in the game for 41 yards. Williams would get his own touchdown on the same drive as he used his speed to break it outside to the sideline and score on 16 yard run. He would get a second touchdown on a 36 yard run late in the game. Williams looked great in this game as he rushed for a career high 186 yards on only 19 carries against a Tampa Bay defense that had held him to only 27 yards during their last meeting earlier in the season.
2008 Week 15 vs DEN (12 / 88 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams had a quiet first half. He turned a potential loss into a 56 yard touchdown early in the second half. On the play, Williams started left, but found no hole, so he reversed field and cut up the middle. Suddenly, he saw tons of daylight and outran the defense. Williams had only one other rushing attempt for four yards with about five minutes left in the game. Williams' three receptions netted only three yards. Williams now has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season. His sixteen total touchdowns lead the NFL and are tied with Muhsin Muhammad for the Panther single season record.
2008 Week 16 vs NYG (24 / 108 / 4 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams got going early as he picked up 19 yards on four rushes on the team's first series and he capped the drive with a 13 yard touchdown right through the middle of the New York defense. On a second quarter run, Williams started to his right, came all the way back to his left, and was able to pick up a big gain of 16 yards. He scored his second rushing touchdowns of the game on a five yard run that put the Panthers up 14-10. His third touchdown of the first half was a one yard plunge that came with 4:45 left in the second quarter.
2008 Week 17 vs NO (25 / 178 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The main running back in the Panthers offense is DeAngelo Williams. Williams gained over 100 yards in the first half in leading the team to a 13 point half time lead. The offensive line was able to open holes for him on most plays, and he took advantage by finding the holes and sprinting out to over seven yards per carry. The coaching staff made it a point to not overuse him before the playoffs.
2008 Week 19 vs ARI (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
On Carolina's opening drive of the game Williams found a cut back lane and dashed 31 yards to set up the first touchdown of the game. He was only able to pick up 32 more yards throughout the rest of the game, however, as the Arizona run defense settled down and kept him in check. As the Cardinal lead increased the Panthers felt compelled to try and pass the ball more frequently. Williams led the league with 20 touchdowns and set a franchise record with 1,515 rushing yards. In week eight against Arizona, he rushed for 108 yards and a TD.
2007 Week 1 vs STL (15 / 62 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Williams didn't start the game but he had the bulk of the carries in the second half. He finished the game with 15 carries for 62 yards. The Panthers gave him the ball on red zone carries after Foster fumbled inside the five yard line. Williams had just one catch for 13 yards. In the fourth quarter, Williams carried the ball ten times including their final six plays prior to the final John Kasay field goal.
2007 Week 2 vs HOU (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)
Williams had eight carries for 31 yards. Williams pulled in five passes for 20 yards. Williams fumbled on a pass play to start the fourth quarter. His fumble led to a Houston field goal.
2007 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Foster picked up the tough yards, Williams was the speed back. He carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards. He wasn't targeted in the passing game though. Williams picked up a couple of first downs in the game. Of note was when Carolina got inside the Atlanta 15 yard line, Foster was the featured back.
2007 Week 4 vs TB (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Williams scored the only touchdown for Carolina. It came with just 23 seconds left and prevented a shutout. Williams carried the ball just two times for five yards. He also caught three passes for 37 yards. His touchdown reception was on a screen and he picked up 24 yards for the score.
2007 Week 5 vs NO (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams only saw action in the relief of DeShaun Foster.
2007 Week 6 vs ARI (10 / 121 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was kept in check for most of the game, but did bust a 75 yard run down the left sidelines late in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Williams went off the left end and scored on a 13 yard run. He ran with good determination and hit the holes with determination. Williams did return one kickoff for 21 yards as well.
2007 Week 8 vs IND (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams carried five times for 14 yards and he added six catches for 11 yards. Williams had a couple of carries in the red zone on the opening drive. He carried down to the Colts eight yard line but then he came out of the game for Foster.
2007 Week 9 vs TEN (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams carried the ball four times for 15 yards. He also caught two passes for ten yards.
2007 Week 10 vs ATL (7 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams carried the ball seven times for 27 yards. He was thrown to once but the pass was incomplete.
2007 Week 11 vs GB (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Williams carried the ball six times for 22 yards. He was thrown to twice and had one catch for 18 yards. He got a carry at the six yard line and picked up four yards down to the Green Bay two. Testaverde threw a touchdown to Fauria on the next play.
2007 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams ran the ball four times for 19 yards. He did not have any red zone carries in the game. Williams had a 14 yard run brought back due to a holding penalty.
2007 Week 13 vs SF (17 / 82 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 46 / 0 rec)
DeAngelo Williams carried the ball 17 times for 82 yards. He caught one pass for 30 yards. Williams also received a lateral from Steve Smith behind the line of scrimmage that he was able to take down to the San Francisco 14 yard line for 22 yards. In the first quarter, Williams ran the ball for six yards down to the 49ers eight yard line. In the fourth, Williams got three straight carries from the 15 yard line. On the third play he was stuffed at the one yard line. Testaverde hit Jeff King for the score on the next play. Williams had 11 carries in the fourth quarter when the Panthers were looking to burn up clock time.
2007 Week 14 vs JAX (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams carried the ball just three times for seven yards. He was targeted four times but caught just two passes for five yards. In the fourth quarter, Carolina tried to pick up two fourth downs going to Williams. He picked up the first one on a seven yard run. The second one was an incomplete pass.
2007 Week 15 vs SEA (15 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams ran the ball 15 times for 61 yards and a touchdown. Prior to his touchdown he had only gained 26 yards on 14 carries. After Carolina recovered a Hasselbeck fumble, Williams carried the ball three straight times including the long run for the touchdown. His score sealed the victory for Carolina. He also caught two passes for 11 yards.
2007 Week 16 vs DAL (10 / 60 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Williams provided the biggest highlight of the night for the Panthers, breaking through the right side of the line for a thirty nine run to help set up Carolina's touchdown. Williams led DeShaun Foster in touches by an eleven to five margin, gaining 66 yards to Foster's seven on the night, likely earning more touches in the final game of the season.
2007 Week 17 vs TB (20 / 121 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams received more work as the game went on and finished with 20 rushes for 121 yards and touchdown runs of one yard and 32 yards. While he was a non-factor in the passing game with zero targets, Williams showed strides in the rushing attack and may have showed enough to warrant at least a position battle with Foster in training camp.
2006 Week 1 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rookie DeAngelo Williams was used to return kickoffs but did come in on Carolina's last possession of the game at running back. He did catch his only target for an eight yard gain.
2006 Week 2 vs MIN (13 / 74 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)
Williams got his first carry at the start of the third Carolina possession ending the first quarter. He planted just behind the line of scrimmage and broke it around the left side for 19 yards. He lined up wide right on the next play and took the quick dump pass for 16 more yards breaking a tackle along the way. Of note, RB DeShaun Foster returned after this play to finish out the drive. Williams started the next series as well, but neither he nor Foster found much room to run as the Panthers tried to pound between the tackles. Just before halftime Williams took a carry inside the ten yard line and immediately ran into traffic. He broke the carry around the left side for a seven yard run leaping over a defender. Williams showed tremendous burst around the outside. He got the next carry up the gut but was met and put on his back in the backfield just before a similar play that got him his first NFL touchdown. Williams had two more explosive runs during the third quarter that led to the second Kasay field goal along with a 14 yard run in the overtime period.
2006 Week 3 vs TB (4 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams wasn't given a chance in to follow up on last week's impressive showing as starting RB DeShaun Foster carried almost all the rushing load. On two of his carries he was hit and dropped in the backfield before he had a chance to take a step.
2006 Week 4 vs NO (8 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Williams is still being used as a change of pace running back, spelling Foster and sometimes trying to kick start the Panthers on offense. He broke a 31 yard run on his first carry of the day, but then had just one more rush (for no gain) before the fourth quarter. He was rather effective in the final period, gaining 31 yards on six carries and adding a nine yard catch. Williams continues to also serve as a kickoff return man.
2006 Week 5 vs CLE (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams left the game with an injury to his lower leg, described as a right ankle injury. His status will be further updated during the course of the week.
2006 Week 10 vs TB (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams almost fumbled on his first carry but his knee was ruled down before the ball came out. Four of his carries went for no gain or a loss. He did manage a 15 yard gain at the end of the game. Williams was targeted once, making the catch for an 11 yard gain on third and 17. The team also used him on kick returns.
2006 Week 11 vs STL (20 / 114 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Early in the game Williams split carries with starting RB DeShaun Foster. Williams flashed the same explosion that he displayed early in the season before his ankle injury. He has the start and stop ability to break runs to the outside for huge gains when there's no room to run between the tackles. After Foster left the game with an elbow injury Williams saw the majority of carries in the second half that put him over the century mark, but he still split carries with RB Nick Goings and FB Brad Hoover. Williams nearly returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the second half, but was caught from behind by CB Tye Hill (there was also a penalty that brought the play back). On a negative note Williams fumbled near the end of the third quarter as he was pounding between the tackles, but luckily fell straight down on the ball.
2006 Week 12 vs WAS (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Williams made the start filling in for the injured Foster, and while he failed to duplicate the numbers he put up last week, he held his own against an inspired Redskins defense. For the game, Williams rushed the ball 17 times for 63 yards, and caught three passes for 23 yards. He showed his burst through the hole on a 28 yard run, his longest of the game. Keep an eye on the backfield situation in Carolina next week.
2006 Week 13 vs PHI (17 / 74 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 101 / 1 rec)
Williams started the game with DeShaun Foster inactive with his elbow injury. He converted on third and two with a two yard run, and then had a 41 yard reception to help set up the Panthers' first score. Williams was more prominent in the second half. He took a short pass 35 yards and showed good speed to turn it into a touchdown. On the following drive, he had a 20 yard run to set up a field goal. Williams was a big part of the passing game, ending with 101 yards and a touchdown. He ran hard and totaled 74 yards on the ground after a slow start.
2006 Week 14 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Williams entered the game midway through the second quarter. He had two carries on successive running plays and pulled in a short four yard reception. Three of his receptions and the bulk of his receiving yards should be considered garbage time stats from late in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 15 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams had two rushing attempts that each gained one yard. He also caught two passes for 11 yards. Williams returned five kickoffs for 91 total yards.
2006 Week 16 vs ATL (21 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams was the other workhorse for Carolina. He ran the ball 21 times for 82 yards. 11 times in the game, Carolina took out Weinke and ran a direct snap play to Williams. They ran the direct snap play to Williams eight times on third down. Williams picked up the first down on seven of those attempts. Williams picked up nine first downs in the game and had another called back due to a Carolina penalty. He had one red zone attempt, picking up three yards from the Atlanta four yard line. Foster got the next carry but couldn't score. Williams caught his only pass attempt for five yards.
2006 Week 17 vs NO (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
On the ground, Williams could not get anything going at all. He had nine carries for seven yards which included an 11 yard run. He had six runs of no gain or negative yards. Carolina tried the direct snap to Williams three times but it wasn't nearly as successful as it was against Atlanta. Both of his rushing attempts resulted in negative yardage. Williams was productive in the passing game though. He caught six passes for 52 yards. On Carolina's second touchdown drive, Williams had receptions of 18 and 13 yards, both for first downs. All of the targets to Williams were short passes or dump offs in the flat.