RB Ricky Williams - Free Agent
|5-10, 228||Born: 5-21-1977||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 1, pick 5|
2011 Week 1 vs PIT (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams showed that he still has something left in his tank as well. While he's the clear backup to Rice, his ability to average over five yards per carry when he was being used in obvious run, time-killing situations showed that he's still a viable backup. While Rice will be used until the wheels come off, Williams can effectively spell him and contribute to this offense. If Rice missed time, the gameplan would have to change simply because Williams' receiving skills wouldn't be near the level of Rice's. But in that scenario, Baltimore wouldn't have to abandon the run. Williams would allow them to stay relatively balanced.
2011 Week 3 vs STL (5 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams had an explosive 28 yard run, where he just ran through about 3 or 4 defenders, and plowed ahead for a huge gain, setting up a touchdown later on in the drive. Other than that, he didn't get many opportunities. At this point he's a part-timer with little fantasy impact, unless Rice gets injured, as the opportunities just aren't there. But still a guy that has the talent to produce if the opportunity opens up somehow.
2011 Week 4 vs NYJ (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams came in to spell Rice on occasion and actually had a little more success, though it came in the second half when the Jets were spent and reeling. Williams ran hard with the ball and was able to break tackles numerous times to gain extra yards. Williams also fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter, though the Jets were unable to capitalize on it.
2011 Week 6 vs HOU (2 / 8 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams only was in the game when Ray Rice needed to catch his breath. After Rice broke off the longest run of the game and had to come out, Williams picked up a touchdown on great blocking by the offensive line, allowing the running back to go in untouched.
2011 Week 7 vs JAX (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ricky managed 3 carries spelling Ray Rice for a series running hard and physically with nothing to show for his efforts.
2011 Week 8 vs ARI (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Williams filled his usual role for Baltimore, spelling Ray Rice on occasion. On one early run, he showed great strength in taking a handoff to the outside and then fighting his way through weak tackles before bursting down along the sideline for 24 yards.
2011 Week 9 vs PIT (9 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to provide a serviceable option when the team needs to get Rice a quick rest. After the nullified TD, Rice was obviously gassed (it would have been a 76-yard run), so Williams came in and was able to help Baltimore get the drive started. They drove all the way down the field to the one-yard line before settling for a field goal. If Rice were to go down, Baltimore would obviously struggle a bit because they'd have to get a bit more Flacco-heavy, but Williams would allow them to keep a good amount of balance with the run.
2011 Week 10 vs SEA (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Williams showed that he can still contribute, but of course was used even less than Ray Rice. He looked strong with the ball and showed good hands on third quarter reception that he took for a first down. The Ravens obviously have no problem handing him the ball and using him as a receiver when he's out there, but barring an injury his opportunities will remain limited.
2011 Week 11 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams got a couple of short yardage carries and one entire series, but not the goal line carries he'd hope for. He did make a couple of nifty moves on a screen pass during his series, and moved the pile on a couple of short yardage carries. Vonta Leach- Leach was smothered immediately on each of his 2 catches.
2011 Week 12 vs SF (7 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Williams was ineffective early, dropping a short pass and getting stuffed on his first carry, but really showed his worth in the 4th quarter. Williams ran 5 times for 24 yards in the 4th quarter, nearly running the clock out by himself. His straightforward attack was very effective against the tired 49ers front 7.
2011 Week 13 vs CLE (16 / 76 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams' 76 yards and a touchdown would be a nice day for many starting running backs. He was supremely successful once the Ravens built a lead and spent much of the second half demoralizing the Browns defenders with tough runs straight up the gut. Williams' speed is no longer there, but on this day his power most definitely was. Every Browns defender that tackled him felt it as it was more often than not Williams delivering the hit. He rammed in a touchdown from 1 yard out and made it look relatively easy. A big lead with an overmatched defense is the perfect recipe for a successful Ricky Williams
2011 Week 14 vs IND (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams played his usual role as the change of pace back but wasn't able to break through to second level at all. Williams got most of his carries when the game was well in hand and the Colts D was playing the run.
2011 Week 15 vs SD (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was solid in his usual role as the change of pace back. The Ravens fell behind big early on, which limited the rushing duties of the running backs to token carries.
2011 Week 16 vs CLE (10 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Williams looks strong in his reserve role and showed it on a 14 yard carry in the first quarter. He was used to keep the clock moving in the second half, and made every defender that tackled him pay, delivering violent hits. He also had a 14 yard catch in the 3rd quarter when it looked like it might take all 11 Browns' defenders to bring him down.
2011 Week 17 vs CIN (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams spelled Ray Rice on occasion and went over 10,000 career rushing yards in this game, a milestone for the veteran back. Williams still runs with a good level of intensity and toughness.
2011 Week 19 vs HOU (6 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams' spelled Ray Rice from time to time and ran the ball with good toughness and forward lean, but his impact was minimal.
2011 Week 20 vs NE (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ricky was stuffed early, but as the game went on, he converted a key first down that could have been a tackle in the backfield. His stiff arm and then winning collision fueled a drive before the Flacco interception, and he also made a strong run to get the Ravens into field goal range before a penalty and loss by Ray Rice knocked them out of it. Williams still appears to be a backup quality NFL RB at 34.
2010 Week 1 vs BUF (18 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams did the dirty work, running north-south, absorbing punishment, and wearing down the Bills defense with his determination. Williams either bounced off of or pushed back tacklers on a good amount of runs and he actually got more touches than Ronnie Brown.
2010 Week 2 vs MIN (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams ran hard from the start. He split carries pretty evenly with Ronnie Brown, making steady yardage for the most part, but no big gains. He coughed up the ball a little too easily on one carry, at his own 5 yard line, which gave the Vikings their touchdown.
2010 Week 3 vs NYJ (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams found it tough sledding against the very stout run defense and was a victim of an early deficit as well. He briefly began to break out near the end of the first half and actually had more carries than Ronnie Brown at that point but started to show ball security issues again. Williams fumbled twice, though one was overturned on replay. Williams can still play well but if his ball security issues continue, the offense might depend upon him less and less, as it seemed to Sunday night.
2010 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 56 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Ricky can still get it done. His patience, durability, awareness and experience, running behind this stout Dolphins line gave the Dolphins offense the power and variety it needed to keep the inexperienced Patriot defense on the back of their heels. Williams power running set up the play action pass nicely and gave the offense the diversity it needed to move the ball. His TD came on a 28 yard pass when he did some fine acting, pretending to block the outside edge, caught a dump-off pass, and darted toward the end zone, displaying good vision and cutback ability. Williams experience and cunning play are a real asset to this Dolphins attack.
2010 Week 6 vs GB (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Williams is the better straight ahead runner of the committee, and gets nearly equal touches, but the other back, Ronnie Brown, seemed to be given the ball more with the game on the line. Then in overtime, when all they needed was a field goal, Williams got the call to move them a bit closer.
2010 Week 7 vs PIT (11 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams' straight ahead style seemed to be a better fit against the Steelers, but even so he still had trouble moving the chains. As the game went on, it became evident that he truly was better suited than Ronnie Brown to beat this D; but until late in the game, Brown seemed to get the call more often.
2010 Week 8 vs CIN (9 / 47 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Ricky looked good when he had the ball. Very fast to the hole and thru it. This was a day you would have liked to see Ricky get used a little more. After many quarters of not scoring an offensive touchdown and settling for field goals all the time Ricky finally managed to pound thru the defense near the goal line and score. It was challenged and honestly looked like he might not have gotten in but the ruling on the field was upheld and he scored. Ricky had a sensational scamper right before that carry as well that set Miami up close to the end zone of Cinci. Ricky looked great in this game.
2010 Week 9 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hardly involved with the offense. For some reason he came out on the opening drive of the 2nd half and did nothing. He wasn't involved in the flow of the game and I don't understand what Miami was thinking making him start the 3rd quarter when Ronnie Brown had been very effective.
2010 Week 10 vs TEN (11 / 64 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams had the two biggest plays of the day for the Dolphins. After Henne went out injured, the Dolphins were backed up and facing a third and ten. With only a 20-17 lead, and unable to bring in a QB until the 4th quarter, Williams took the handoff from Ronnie Brown and sped forward for 14 yards and a huge first down. Then on the same drive, he took another handoff from Ronnie Brown and went 23 yards on a Titans defense that looked completely confused. On this day, the wildcat was back and played an instrumental part in the Dolphins victory. Williams seemed to have more room when he got the ball than his teammate Ronnie Brown, and he still shows excellent speed for a man his age. Expect to see alot more wildcat, and a greater variety of tricky running plays in the weeks ahead with Tyler Thigpen at QB.
2010 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
No offensive line to run behind and his number wasn't called much. It was easy to see that Miami had the most talent on their offense at RB but refused to use it in the football game. Just terrible coaching.
2010 Week 12 vs OAK (20 / 95 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Broke a 45 yard TD run towards the end of the game that sealed the victory for Miami. The Dolphins rotated their 2 backs throughout the game and kept them very fresh. That was evident on the TD run by Ricky. Miami controlled the clock all day and their RBs were a major reason why.
2010 Week 13 vs CLE (10 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Williams, though still getting the short end of the stick in the timeshare with Ronnie Brown, continues to look like the better player. He has good power up the middle, patience, and even made a nice one-on-one move after a catch in the flat, which got him the first down and more. Williams looked almost nimble on an outside run. Almost. Power is still his game, and he fights for his yards, something that Brown seems to lack.
2010 Week 14 vs NYJ (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams had no more success than backfield mate Brown did, as the Jets defense was very good at getting to the line of scrimmage to meet either Dolphin running back. Williams ran with power but just couldn't find any room to run against this aggressive run defense.
2010 Week 15 vs BUF (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Also well past his prime and this season really is looking like a guy ready to hang it up. He still is a decent safety valve in the passing game but Buffalo had one of the worst rushing defenses on the season and neither he or Ronnie Brown were able to exploit that situation for most of the day.
2010 Week 16 vs DET (14 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams finished the game as the leading rusher. He plowed ahead on every rush, getting positive yards and making the defense work to bring him down every time he carried the ball. Had the Dolphins been able to hang onto their lead in the 4th quarter, Williams might have finished with more than 100 yards rushing. On the opening drive of the 4th quarter for the Dolphins, Williams was the main workhorse to put the Dolphins back up by 10 with 10 minutes to go. He opened the drive with several hard carries, on one play pushing the pile forward four yards for a solid gain. His biggest play of the game, which also turned out to be the biggest play for the Dolphins, was a wildcat formation where Ronnie Brown handed him the ball. Williams took it off tackle, broke to the outside and powered up field for a big 28 yard gain. He also added a nice 13 yard check down later in the quarter, but was unable to get his team back into the game.
2010 Week 17 vs NE (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Likely his last game and it's a shame that it will be remembered because of a 2nd half fumble that didn't help things. Ricky has had a great career and is likely done in the NFL. 5 yards of offense in this game was pitiful and his days as an NFL back seem to be over.
2009 Week 1 vs ATL (7 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Williams looked pretty good, showing some burst on a 14-yard gain off RG with Ronnie Brown making a great lead block to undercut LB Curtis Lofton and demonstrating finishing power on an 11-yard gain off a pitch to the left side with 5:20 in the 3rd QTR. He also broke a tackle on a swing pass for a first down in the 4th QTR and finished off a drive with a nine-yard score after sneaking into the flat with a great execution of a play fake. Unfortunately, the Dolphins passing game was so inept downfield that the ground game isn't likely to remain a mediocre unit.
2009 Week 2 vs IND (19 / 69 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams ran with great body lean, power, and leg drive on his carries. He ground out the tough yards that helped the Dolphins keep the Colts off the field. Williams demonstrated classic downhill running, and he will continue to force an RBBC in Miami as long as plays like he did on Monday night.
2009 Week 3 vs SD (8 / 55 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Williams again looked good running the fooball, and was also very active in the passing game with four receptions. While Ronnie Brown got the majority of the goal line work, it was Williams who came away with the score on this day. He punched one in almost untouched up the middle from 14 yards out on one of the easiest touchdown runs he'll ever have. He did see several other red zone carries as well, though nothing would suggest that either he or Brown is the official goal line back.
2009 Week 4 vs BUF (16 / 85 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams shouldered most of the load in the first half, and while he broke no long runs, he did fight for the all important 3 or 4 yard gains needed for first downs when it mattered. In the second half, Ronnie Brown handled the ball more often, but Williams did manage a goal-line score, and a 28 yard gain on his final carry, his longest of the day.
2009 Week 5 vs NYJ (11 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to defy his age, running with great power and speed on most every touch. He broke a screen pass for a very long gain by cutting back across the field, and he consistently broke tackles and got to the open field when there was daylight. Williams got red zone touches inside the 10, including a run where he dove for the pylon, but was pushed out before he could get to it. Williams has done an excellent job of creating fantasy value on limited touches, and he will be a good flex play as long as the Dolphins are competitive.
2009 Week 7 vs NO (9 / 80 / 3 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Williams had one of the best games of his career by scoring twice as the wildcat QB at the goal line, and breaking a 68-yard TD on a well-blocked toss play that displayed Williams outstanding burst and second gear for a back over 30. He wasn't able to do much on his other touches.
2009 Week 8 vs NYJ (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Williams looked to be the Miami RB with the better burst, harder running, and more physical style again this week. He had the team's best play on offense when he turned a short pass into a long gain with the burst and second gear he had coming out of Texas, and Williams also won a lot of collisions. He had some tough runs in the red zone to set up the Dolphins only offensive TD, and when the game was in the balance, Miami called Williams number, not Brown's. Williams was not successful in salting the game away, but it still shows the amount of trust the coaching staff has in the veteran.
2009 Week 9 vs NE (7 / 33 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams complimented Ronnie Brown in the backfield once again in Week 9 against New England, but the offense struggled against the Patriots. Williams managed to get one of his nine carries into the end zone on an option pitch from backup QB Pat White who came in on several occasions to run another version of the Miami Wildcat offensive formation. Williams ran hard as usual and should see more carries next week as the Dolphins travel to Oakland.
2009 Week 10 vs TB (20 / 102 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams had his most productive game in some time, due in large part to Ronnie Brown leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury. Williams' best carry was a 27 yard scamper to the right off tackle in the 4th quarter. Williams broke through the line, made one cut to the sideline then shifted back to the middle of the field for a 27 yard pickup that set up the Dolphins winning field goal kick. Williams ran with a burst not seen in some time and was most productive out of the single-back set (as opposed to taking the handoff on the Wildcat).
2009 Week 11 vs CAR (22 / 119 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Ricky Williams stepped right in and up for the injured Ronnie Brown, rushing the ball hard and effectively but in a traditional offensive formation. The Dolphins only ran the Wildcat three times, one of which was a direct snap near the goal line where Williams beat the defense to the pylon for a big one-yard touchdown. Williams added a short catch and run in the Red Zone for a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter then later capped a great night by breaking through the Panthers' defense and running free late in the game for a 46-yard touchdown. Williams' third touchdown came as Carolina stacked the box with nine players, but once Williams broke through the line it was wide open for him to get to the end zone. With Ronnie Brown out and most of the work going in his direction, Williams is a fantasy RB1 going forward.
2009 Week 12 vs BUF (27 / 115 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another masterful performance for Williams and the offensive line, marred only by an interception from the wildcat formation at the goal line on the game's opening drive. Ricky didn't see Chris Draft coming across the field to cover Joey Haynos. When Williams had the ball, he was getting at least two or three yards before he was met, and he was making great decisions when it came time bust a run outside. Williams generates a ton of power with his short strides, and he almost never goes down on first contact. He scored easily from the wildcat when he didn't handoff, and generally made good gains look easy against the league-worst Bills run defense. He is bonafide #1 fantasy back for the stretch run.
2009 Week 13 vs NE (18 / 75 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Williams showed that he still has the speed required to be a featured NFL running back, netting 81 yards on the day. He didn't need to carry the team this week however, as the Dolphins relied more on the passing game going to the air early and often. But when he did get his opportunities, he made the most of them, doing the grunt work and adding some rhythm and rhyme to the offense.
2009 Week 14 vs JAX (28 / 108 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Williams ran hard, but wasn't effective between the tackles on his straight ahead runs. He was much more successful when bouncing runs outside and on designed pitch-sweeps. He continues to show quick feet, young legs and good power in the open field. Ball security was a major issue for Williams, who fumbled the ball three times on his 30 touches. The Dolphins stuck with him, however, using Lex Hilliard only sparingly.
2009 Week 15 vs TEN (19 / 80 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Williams was the feature back, while being spelled occasionally as four other players combined for nine carries. The Dolphins were playing from behind for much of the game, so the running game took a backseat at times. Williams lost a fumble early on, but made up for it before the day ended. He was targeted in the end zone, but the ball was underthrown and intercepted. Williams showed good speed as he outran two defenders on an end run for a short touchdown; and his effort to get across goal line for a two point conversion tied the game.
2009 Week 16 vs HOU (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)
Williams ran well against the Texans carrying 10 times for a hard-fought 35 yards. He also caught 5 passes for 26 yards, all on screen passes and dump-offs when quarterback Chad Henne was under pressure by the Texans front seven. Unfortunately, Williams injured his shoulder on his first touch of the second half and did not return to the game. His status for next week is not yet certain.
2009 Week 17 vs PIT (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams is technically the workhorse back here, but interestingly still only got half of the carries. Midway through the 2nd, he has 5-21, while five other players have combined for 5-25. He finished the game with twelve carries, while the rest of the team combined for thirteen.
2008 Week 1 vs NYJ (10 / 24 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
Williams returned to starter status in this game, playing the first two series and part of the third before letting way to Ronnie Brown. Neither back showed much of anything as they combined for only 16 rushing attempts. Williams got ten carries, however was only able to gain 24 yards, as he consistently got past the defensive line but was brought down by oncoming linebackers. He added four catches for 15 yards out of the backfield as well.
2008 Week 2 vs ARI (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Williams ran hard against the Cardinals rush defense but found few big holes. His longest rush was eight yards and he finished the game with 11 carries and 28 yards. Williams did fumble the ball once in the game.
2008 Week 3 vs NE (16 / 98 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Had it not been for Ronnie Browns absolutely amazing day, the talk of football nation would have definitely been focused on Ricky Williams. He finished with 119 total yards (98 rushing) on 16 carries and two receptions. He was utilized in many trick type plays along with Brown, who was lined up at QB. Williams would come in motion for either a fake play action pass, or receive the ball in a sweep to the outside. The Dolphins did practically every possible variation of this formation set, with Chad Pennington even lining up at WR on some of them. It's not clear on whether or not this is something that they will continue to do or focus on in the future, but Williams was a large part of both it and the entire offensive package set in general. The former Texas Longhorn running back showed many people that he still has what it takes despite his age. Although it's apparent that he's clearly lost a step or two in terms of his speed, Williams looked both powerful and hungry on all of the carries that he was called upon.
2008 Week 5 vs SD (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams is clearly the second option in the running game to Ronnie Brown, but he still received fourteen touches on the afternoon. The Dolphins certainly make an effort to ensure Williams gets enough action, perhaps in an effort to maintain his focus and interest. In this game, Williams saw action as a runner and receiver, and there was a play called that was designed for Williams to throw the ball. However, his intended target was covered downfield and he wisely pulled it down. On the Brown touchdown, Williams made an excellent block to seal CB Quentin Jammer off the corner and allow Brown to waltz into the end zone untouched.
2008 Week 6 vs HOU (11 / 46 / 1 rush, 1 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams shared carries equally with Ronnie Brown. He was given the ball for a five yard TD run, caught the ball well when called on, and was an effective pass blocker.
2008 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Coming into this game Williams was already the clear number two option at RB for the Dolphins which meant his opportunities to excel would be sparse. Once the Dolphins fell behind, the situation was made even worse. As a result Williams ended the day with a paltry four rushes, and really had no impact on the game.
2008 Week 8 vs BUF (7 / 16 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Williams only carried seven times for 16 yards, but he scored a touchdown on a three yard run. He lost yardage on one pass but gained bit on another when he took a screen pass 47 yards down the left sidelines and nearly broke it for a touchdown.
2008 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Williams had very little involvement during the game, but came up with one of the biggest plays of the entire afternoon late in the fourth quarter. Facing a third down and 13, Pennington found Williams in the flat for a 23 yard pickup. Two plays later, Ronnie Brown waltzed into the end zone for the touchdown that put the game fully out of reach.
2008 Week 10 vs SEA (12 / 105 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Williams had a big day, rushing for over a hundred yards, including a 51 yard touchdown. He also caught two passes that gave the Dolphins first downs. Yardage totals aside, what really impressed was how he fought hard for (and got!) a few more yards on each carry.
2008 Week 11 vs OAK (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
The Dolphins believe that Williams is rounding into the best shape of his career at just the right moment. While Williams only picked up 49 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for six yards, there were a few times when he had just one man to beat to break off a long run. He is running very hard and shows no signs of slowing up.
2008 Week 12 vs NE (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Williams shared carries with Ronnie Brown, and made a beautiful diving end zone catch late in the game to bring the Dolphins within a field goal.
2008 Week 13 vs STL (12 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ricky Williams outgained Ronnie Brown in this game (54 to 48 yards) on fewer touches, and averaged a solid 4.5 yards per attempt, however was hobbled by an ankle injury in this contest and saw his numbers limited as a result of this. Williams did have a fourteen yard touchdown nullified by a holding penalty.
2008 Week 14 vs BUF (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Williams averaged 3.6 yards per carry but had a 14 yard TD run called back on a holding penalty. He seemed to be especially well received by the fans who remembered him from 2006 when he played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
2008 Week 15 vs SF (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams was utilized in the run game to attack the 49ers edges of their defense. He had sweeps, tosses and a couple of other runs that went off tackle. His biggest play went for eight yards on an end around. Williams saw a couple of balls in the air, but wasn't able to make much of those opportunities. He also had a drop.
2008 Week 16 vs KC (12 / 34 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
RB Ricky Williams nearly cost the Dolphins the victory. With two minutes left in the game and Miami holding onto a touchdown lead, Williams fumbled on the Chiefs' seven yard line. The Chiefs recovered but were unable to score and the Dolphins held on to win. Williams led all of the team's running backs in carries out of the backfield. His touchdown was set up by a long run by RB Patrick Cobbs. Williams also grabbed six balls as a receiver.
2008 Week 17 vs NYJ (10 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams had a solid performance sharing the backfield with Brown, totaling 50 yards on ten carries and hauling in one catch for three yards. He ran well and still looked to have fresh legs late in the season.
2008 Week 18 vs BAL (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Williams had limited opportunities, but did show good acceleration at times, only to be stopped by the Ravens' defense before he could get going. Williams came close to scoring when he took a short pass and ran through traffic before being tackled one yard from the end zone.
2007 Week 12 vs PIT (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams did not start but entered the game on the second offensive series. He showed decent moves in limited action, but he fumbled the ball away on his fifth rushing attempt, plus he injured his right shoulder on the play. Williams returned for one more carry and then left the game for good.
2005 Week 6 vs TB (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 22 / 0 rec)
The return of Ricky Williams was unspectacular at best. Williams finished with only eight rushing yards on five carries, but his main contribution came in the passing game, where he had six catches for 22 yards. He did have a 13 yard run called back. It remains to be seen how the Dolphins plan to use their two talented runners, but 14 rushes between the two of them cannot be the answer.
2005 Week 7 vs KC (6 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams did not catch any passes and completed the day with negative total yardage. He is still a work in progress trying to regain his past strength and ability. He still needs at least a couple games to get his strength and timing back.
2005 Week 8 vs NO (17 / 82 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After looking rusty in his previous games, Williams showed why the Dolphins were prepared to take him back. He had almost as many carries as Brown, and looked very effective. Although he is lighter than two years ago, he looks just as strong and was able to carry tacklers. He ran hard against his old team and ended the day with 82 yards on the ground. Williams' longest run of the day was for 16 yards and a first down, and kept alive the Dolphins' only touchdown drive.
2005 Week 9 vs ATL (10 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams entered the game on the second Dolphins possession at the beginning of the second quarter. Williams took his second carry up the middle breaking one arm tackle and showing good explosion on his way to a 23 yard touchdown. Williams split series with Brown throughout the game, but Brown started both halves.
2005 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Williams did not have a very good day, and was virtually shut down by the Patriots' line, except for one series early in the second quarter. As a result, Nick Saban stuck with Ronnie Brown throughout much of this game.
2005 Week 11 vs CLE (13 / 83 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams saw an increased role in the offense this week as he was able to run with greater authority and hit the holes quicker than he had in previous weeks. Williams averaged 6.4 yards per carry on the afternoon, but like his counterpart, did not break off a big one, with a long of just fourteen yards on the afternoon.
2005 Week 12 vs OAK (16 / 82 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to split carries evenly with Ronnie Brown. Williams' 34 yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was pretty much the clincher on this game. He carried the ball 16 times for 82 yards and added two catches for thirteen yards.
2005 Week 13 vs BUF (11 / 46 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
Williams had 11 carries and ran well. He gained 46 yards and scored on a five yard run early in the fourth quarter. Williams caught all six balls thrown his way for a total of 32 yards.
2005 Week 14 vs SD (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams had a quiet game, with his only play of significance being a lost fumble that was recovered by LB Randall Godfrey and returned 35 yards. One sequence of note, however, was the fact that rookie RB Ronnie Brown coughed up the ball at the San Diego one yard line. Following the fumble, Brown didn't register another carry. Williams carried the ball six times on Miami's last drive as they attempted to run out the clock. Williams gained a yard rushing when San Diego was whistled for a tripping penalty after a run that went for minus one.
2005 Week 15 vs NYJ (14 / 70 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams had a nice run as he waited for his blockers and scored a 23 yard touchdown to bring the game to a tie and swing the momentum back into the Dolphins favor. He and Ronnie Brown continued to make the running back by committee work as they pounded the ball through the Jets defense. He finished with 70 yards averaging exactly five yards a carry.
2005 Week 16 vs TEN (26 / 172 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams looked like the old Ricky carrying the load for the Dolphins as he rushed for the third most yards in Miami history. He finished the game with 172 yards, averaging 6.6 yards a carry. When the Titans were attempting to get the ball back, Miami handed the ball to Williams and he was unstoppable, rushing for 63 yards and the finishing touchdown on the drive. Wearing down defenses in the fourth quarter is what Williams did before he took one year off and the only thing he looks to have lost is some weight.
2005 Week 17 vs NE (28 / 108 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter, Williams rushed straight up the middle to score a two yard touchdown. Williams had a second touchdown on a 16 yard run nullified with a holding penalty, and the Dolphins were forced to settle for a field goal. Williams limped off the field near the end of the first half, but was back in the game at the start of second half. This was the second 100 plus rushing game in a row and this season for Williams.