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DeAngelo Williams | Running Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/25/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Memphis
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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

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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

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Cardinals.

Williams will return after missing the last four games. He doesn't project for more than a limited role behind Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers' inactives are FS Thomas DeCoud, CB James Dockery, LB A.J. Klein, DT Kyle Love, DE Frank Alexander, OT David Foucault, and OG Amini Silatolu.
Jan 3 - 3:23 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday DeAngelo Williams (hand) is "ready to roll."

Last week, Rivera expressed concern over Williams' ability to pass block and then scratched him Sunday. It doesn't seem like that's the path the Panthers will take this week. However, it would be a crime for Rivera to give Williams any kind of significant workload at the expense of Jonathan Stewart. Expect an 80/20 kind of split.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera hasn't elaborated on how DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be worked back into the team's running-back rotation.

D-Will missed the Panthers' final four games of the season, a span in which Jonathan Stewart averaged 5.08 yards over 79 carries. J-Stew is clearly the Panthers' best back at this stage of the game, but Rivera has typically insisted on a rotation when both players are healthy. That would be a mistake against the Cardinals' elite run defense in the Wild Card round.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 03:32:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is expected back for the Wild Card round.

The word comes straight from coach Ron Rivera. D-Will's return would be great for depth purposes, but the Panthers are unlikely to move away from Jonathan Stewart as their bell-cow. J-Stew ran extremely well as the Panthers' unquestioned No. 1 as they made their surprising charge toward an NFC South title.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 01:16:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is inactive for Week 17 against the Falcons.

Williams was listed as probable, so he's essentially a healthy scratch. He's coming off a broken hand, but the Panthers expressed some concern over his ability to pick up the blitz. Jonathan Stewart will carry the load once again for Carolina. Also inactive for the Panthers are CB James Dockery, S Robert Lester, LB A.J. Klein, DT Kyle Love, OT David Foucault, and OG Amini Silatolu.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:02:00 PM

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, DeAngelo Williams (hand) will not play in Sunday's Week 17 game at Atlanta.

It's a bit of a surprise as Williams was listed as probable. But the Panthers coaches aren't comfortable with his blocking and they also seem to finally realize that saddling up Jonathan Stewart as a true feature back is their optimal play. Expect another 20-plus touches for the red-hot Stewart in Sunday's game for the NFC South crown.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:51:00 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes the Panthers will move on from RB DeAngelo Williams following the season.

After years of struggling under the dead-money weight of Williams' contract, the Panthers will finally be in a position to cut loose the aging running back this offseason. Williams is only due $1.85 million in base salary in 2015, but carries a cap hit of $6.33 million for next season. The cap-strapped Panthers could save around $2 million on the 2015 cap by designating Williams a post-June 1 cut. With his play on the field slipping, it is an easy move for Carolina to make.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Despite being listed as probable, "there are no guarantees" DeAngelo Williams (hand) will play Sunday at Atlanta.

The Panthers reportedly remain concerned with Williams' inability to pass block sufficiently while playing through a broken hand. ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton confirms the team will start Jonathan Stewart. Stewart can expect traditional feature back work. Even if Williams is active against the Falcons, he may only be available to play in an emergency.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:14:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is probable for Week 17 against the Falcons.

He'll make his return from a broken hand, but the Panthers remain concerned about Williams' ability in pass protection. Jonathan Stewart should continue to see heavy work, although Williams' reinsertion in the lineup is always concerning for Stewart owners.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:58:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is practicing in full for Week 17.

Williams should have a limited role Sunday against Atlanta. He doesn't project for more than change of pace carries in his return. Jonathan Stewart is averaging a league-high rushing 109 yards per game over the last four weeks.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 08:24:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is practicing Tuesday.

Jonathan Stewart took a well-deserved rest day, so Williams handled first-team reps. It looks like he's on track to return for Sunday's winner-take-all showdown with the Falcons. However, it would be a crime to give Williams any snaps at the expense of red-hot Stewart.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:14:00 PM