Posted: 3/24/2021 5:12 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Damien Williams (Chiefs) reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, March 24. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Williams' arrival - along with Tarik Cohen's likely full recovery from injury - figures to significantly affect the monster volume David Montgomery saw down the stretch last season, assuming Williams didn't lose anything in his game after opting out. The 29-year-old is also familiar with head coach Matt Nagy from their days together in Kansas City and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from their days together in Miami. It shouldn't come as a shock if Williams gets a lot of love late in drafts this summer as a handcuff pick with a reasonable upside and floor.
Posted: 3/16/2021 8:16 pm UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams was released Tuesday, March 16, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams sat out the 2020 season but is expected to play for a team next season. He probably will not be able to find a starting job but can be part of a running back committee. Fantasy players will need to monitor his status because he could have fantasy value.
Posted: 7/31/2020 5:10 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season because his mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Posted: 7/29/2020 8:52 pm UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams has decided to opt out of the 2020 season.
Huddle Up: Clyde Edwards-Helaire appears to be on track for the starting job, but fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation to see how the Chiefs will use their running backs. Edwards-Helaire is coming off a successful college career and can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back if he receives most of the snaps at the position.
Posted: 7/05/2020 5:36 pm UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams has a chance to make a big jump in production this season because of the improvements he is making this offseason, according to running backs coach Deland McCullough.
Huddle Up: Williams should continue to be the starting running back for the Chiefs but will lose some touches to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He is part of one of the top offenses in the NFL and can be a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Posted: 5/19/2020 2:21 am UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams averaged a league-worst 2.6 yards per carry (minimum 100 attempts) on his 28 runs in between the guards in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. Conversely, Williams averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 54 off-tackle plays and 6.8 yards per carry on his 29 runs outside the tackles.
Posted: 5/01/2020 2:51 am UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams will 'come in as the starting running back and (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) will have to come in here and compete for playing time,' according to general manager Brett Veach, who added he believes Williams and Edwards-Helaire will form a 'one-two punch.'
'I certainly think it's going to be a shared load. Damien has been in this offense for a long time and certainly has shown what he can do on that playoff run. The guy's a really good pass protector (and) can catch the football,' Veach said.
Huddle Up: In Veach's defense, he is almost obligated to say Edwards-Helaire will have to compete for playing time and Williams will remain the starter. Williams will probably start and technically share the load, but the likelihood is that Edwards-Helaire will become the lead back at some point. Fantasy owners need to prepare for a relatively slow start from Edwards-Helaire, but the cream will rise to the top sooner than later. Edwards-Helaire should be viewed as a high-upside RB2 this summer, while Williams will be a RB3 with a low floor.
Posted: 4/01/2020 3:22 am UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams tied Peyton Barber for the third-lowest average in rushing yards before contact (1.3), but he also finished in a tie for first with Derrick Henry (3.2) for the most rushing yards after contact.
Posted: 3/16/2020 12:04 pm UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams' 2020 option will be picked up, according to a source. He'll make $2.3 million.
Huddle Up: Williams tallied 498 rushing yards, five touchdowns, 30 catches for 213 yards and two receiving scores in 2019. He missed a big chunk of time due to injury, and he could improve on those numbers this year. View him as a low-end RB2 with upside for more.
Posted: 12/23/2019 5:47 am UTC
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams ran for 65 yards on 16 carries and added three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Williams, who had been sidelined with a rib injury since Week 12, wasn't exactly impressive - his longest play from scrimmage with 12 yards - but he came on in relief of Week 16 starter Spencer Ware and took advantage of LeSean McCoy being inactive (again) en route to one of his more productive fantasy efforts of the season. Owners should consider him little more than a risky flex option in Week 17 or during the fantasy playoffs.