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DeAngelo Williams | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/25/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Memphis
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DeAngelo Williams rushed four times for 20 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.
Williams busted through the line for a 12-yard gain on his first carry of the game and finished his day with a 7-yard run off the right side. Williams has looked good this preseason, but he will be a strict backup once Le'Veon Bell returns from suspension. Aug 23 - 4:27 PM

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DeAngelo Williams has dropped his weight below 220 pounds.

Williams says he's close to his listed weight of 215 after playing above 220 in Carolina. Coach Mike Tomlin reportedly "challenged" Williams to shed the extra pounds, and Williams successfully did. "I actually look better than minicamp and OTAs," said Williams, who turned 32 this past April. Williams will open the season as Pittsburgh's starter with Le'Veon Bell on suspension.
Jul 27 - 6:13 PM

DeAngelo Williams will play this season at 220 pounds.

With Le’Veon Bell suspended the first three games, Williams is shedding weight for his early-season role. Williams weighed 215 at the 2006 Combine, but hasn’t played at that weight since college. The Steelers want Williams to play faster after he averaged 3.5 YPC last year. Williams will be a strict backup when Bell returns.
Jul 18 - 4:10 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler anticipates DeAngelo Williams handling only 10-12 carries per game in Weeks 1-3.

Fowler expects Dri Archer and perhaps Josh Harris to be involved during Le'Veon Bell's suspension. Seeing as the Steelers open the season versus the stout defensive fronts of New England, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Baltimore, we expect them to come out of the gates airing it out on offense. 32 years old, likely to be utilized relatively sparingly, and scheduled for brutal matchups, Williams figures to prove no more than an early-season fantasy tease.
May 26 - 5:55 PM

DeAngelo Williams projects as the Steelers' starting running back for the first three games of the season.

Le'Veon Bell was hit with a three-game suspension Thursday. It puts a lot on the shoulders of Williams, who turns 32 later this month but should be relatively fresh as he's only averaged 11.1 carries per game over the last four years. He also gets a boost by playing in the high-powered Steelers offense, a scheme that handed the ball to Bell 18.1 times per game last year and targeted him another 6.5 times a week. Pittsburgh may use a draft pick on a running back, but for now we can expect low-end RB2/flex value from Williams three times in 2015.
Apr 9 - 9:56 AM

Steelers signed RB DeAngelo Williams, formerly of the Panthers, to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Jonathan Stewart left Williams in the dust last year, forcing the Panthers to go in a different direction. Williams will get a fresh start in Pittsburgh, where he shouldn't be asked to do much. He looked spent the past two seasons in Carolina. Expect the 32-year-old to fill a light change-of-pace role behind fantasy stud Le'Veon Bell, who may be suspended 2-4 games. The Steelers could afford to add another running back in the draft.
Mar 13 - 4:25 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to sign free agent DeAngelo Williams following his Friday visit.

Williams would become a clear-cut backup to Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, but possibly make some early-season starts depending on the length of Bell's expected suspension. The ban could span anywhere from two to four games.
Mar 13 - 3:01 PM

Free agent RB DeAngelo Williams will meet with the Steelers on Friday.

Williams bottomed out in Carolina last season, averaging a career-worst 3.5 yards per carry. He's a big name though and teams won't have to pay top-dollar to sign him. The Steelers' lack of depth at running back was exposed in January's playoff loss to Baltimore. With workhorse Le'Veon Bell facing a suspension to start the year, it makes sense for Pittsburgh to at least kick the tires on Williams.
Mar 11 - 10:14 AM

Upon his release, DeAngelo Williams was told by the Panthers' front office the team doesn't run the ball enough to warrant both Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

Of course, that's not the real reason he was cut. The Panthers ran the ball plenty last season, finishing eighth in carries and seventh in total rushing yards. Carolina has tried running back by committee, but now that Jonathan Stewart has proven he can handle a full workload, the Panthers are more than happy to give it to him. In an interview with WBTV, Williams expressed anger towards the organization for not acknowledging his mother's death in 2014.
Feb 24 - 8:54 AM

Panthers released RB DeAngelo Williams.

He's likely to be designated a post-June 1 cut, saving the Panthers $2 million in cap space. Williams hasn't rushed for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009, and his efficiency has dipped steadily with age. If there was ever any debate over who would lead the Panthers' backfield going forward, Jonathan Stewart ended that with an emphatic finish to the 2014 season (679 rushing yards over his last seven games). Williams may resurface as a backup, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old doesn't have much time left in his career.
Feb 23 - 3:28 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman declined to answer at the NFL Combine when asked about DeAngelo Williams' roster spot.

The Panthers have finally gotten to a point in Williams' contract where they can release him and clear salary cap room. Designating Williams a post-June 1 cut would save $2 million. Back in mid-January, Gettleman described Williams' season as "tough." He turns 32 in March and is likely a goner.
Feb 19 - 2:30 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said it is "hard to imagine" DeAngelo Williams returning to Carolina next season.

This echoes the sentiments of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, who hinted Williams likely will not be back with the team earlier in the week. Williams was only available for six games in 2014, gaining just 3.5 yards per carry and failing to find the end zone. With Jonathan Stewart healthy and showing his class down the stretch, there is little reason for the Panthers to hang onto Williams.
Jan 17 - 11:31 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman hinted DeAngelo Williams won't be back with the team in 2015.

"I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He’s a pro’s pro, and he had a tough season," Gettleman said. Williams played in just six games and averaged a disgusting 3.5 YPC with no touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart, healthy for the first time in awhile, ran circles around Williams. The Panthers will likely make Williams a post-June 1 cut and save $2 million against the cap in 2015.
Jan 14 - 9:26 AM

DeAngelo Williams rushed two times for 14 yards and caught two passes for two yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

The four touches at the expense of Jonathan Stewart were four too many. Carolina's ground game was far better when Williams was sidelined this year, highlighted by his 3.53 YPC against Stewart's 4.62 mark. In 2015, Williams will be entering his age-32 and it would be an upset if the Panthers brought him back -- even if they've been maddeningly stubborn with his usage. The 2006 first-round pick of the team is just about at the end of the line.
Jan 11 - 12:34 AM

DeAngelo Williams rushed four times for 16 yards in the Panthers' Wild Card win over the Cardinals.

Active for the first time in over a month because of a broken hand, Williams was the No. 3 running back behind starter Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker. He received his first carry with 10:49 left in the fourth quarter and appeared to only be active for emergency services and as a courtesy. The Panthers know Stewart is their workhorse and will continue to ride him. Williams should see a similar role when the Panthers take on the Seahawks or Packers next week.
Jan 3 - 8:24 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Michael Vick
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Dri Archer
4Josh Harris
5Jawon Chisholm
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Will Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3C.J. Goodwin
4Kenzel Doe
5Brelan Chancellor
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Martavis Bryant
3Sammie Coates
4Tyler Murphy
5Shakim Phillips
WR31Martavis Bryant
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Jesse James
4Ray Hamilton
K1Garrett Hartley