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Kerwynn Williams | Running Back | #33

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/9/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 198
College: Utah State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 7 (230) / IND
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Kerwynn Williams rushed 20 times for 73 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards in the Cardinals' Week 14 win over the Titans.
Following a quiet first half, Williams finally got loose for an 18-yard gain midway through the third quarter which helped spark one of several field-goal drives in the second half, and he stacked some touches with the Cardinals holding a lead in the fourth. Williams now has 36 carries in the last two games with Adrian Peterson sidelined, and it does not look like the veteran is returning anytime soon. If he gets the start, Williams will be an RB3/FLEX play next week in Washington. Dec 10 - 7:22 PM

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Kerwynn Williams (ribs) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Williams avoided setbacks in last week's loss to the Rams. With Adrian Peterson (neck) expected to miss his second straight game, Williams will have some FLEX appeal against the Titans' soft defense. Williams ran well in Week 13, taking the rock 16 times for the second most yards of his career (97).
Dec 7 - 4:31 PM

Kerwynn Williams (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Williams played through cracked ribs last week. He's still not fully over the injury, but shouldn't miss any time. Williams is in line for another start if Adrain Peterson (neck) doesn't get cleared.
Dec 6 - 4:40 PM

Kerwynn Williams contributed 97 yards on 16 carries Sunday in the Cardinals’ Week 13 loss to the Rams.

Williams ran well in place of Adrian Peterson, who was absent with a neck injury. He was limited to just 11 yards on five carries after halftime as the Cardinals fell behind and were forced to abandon their running game. Williams broke off a 25-yard run in the second quarter, matching his longest gain of the season. He probably could have had a bigger day but was vultured on the goal line by power back Elijhaa Perry. This was Williams’ best game of the season by a pretty wide margin as he entered Week 13 with just 69 yards on 28 carries for the year. Williams gets the Titans at home in Week 14, but will only be a fantasy option if Peterson sits.
Dec 3 - 8:45 PM

Kerwynn Williams is expected to start if Adrian Peterson (questionable, neck) doesn't play in Week 13 against the Rams.

This conflicts with comments from Bruce Arians, who named D.J. Foster for an expanded role. Williams (ribs) wasn't listed on the final injury report but has workload concerns if he starts. The Cardinals have yet to rule out Peterson and could take him to game time. Williams and Foster are looking like a committee if Peterson sits.
Dec 1 - 7:17 PM

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams is expected to "miss time" with cracked ribs.

Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's upset of the Jaguars. D.J. Foster should serve as Adrian Peterson's primary backup in Week 13.
Nov 28 - 4:25 PM

Kerwynn Williams lost two yards on three carries Sunday in the Cardinals’ Week 5 loss to the Eagles.

The Cardinals abandoned their running game after falling into an early 21-0 hole and never got back on track. When Williams did carry the rock, he was ineffective, managing a long run of just one yard. Williams was expected to lead the Cardinals’ backfield in David Johnson’s absence, but instead that role has belonged to Chris Johnson. He won’t have any fantasy significance next week against the Bucs.
Oct 8 - 6:19 PM

Kerwynn Williams played just 1-of-81 offensive snaps in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Cowboys.

He rushed the ball for three yards on his one carry. Williams started Week 2 against the Colts in the aftermath of the David Johnson (wrist) injury, but he was awful against Indianapolis and was relegated to return-man duties in this one. Even Elijhaa Penny played more snaps (two) than Williams. Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington are the top two backs in the desert. Williams can safely be dropped in all formats. He was a complete waste of early-season FAAB.
Sep 26 - 12:04 AM

Kerwynn Williams managed 22 yards on nine carries in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

A hot waiver-wire pickup heading into this week, Williams was a total dud in what appeared to be a favorable matchup. Williams started the game, but he was so ineffective the Cardinals handed the backfield reigns to Chris Johnson in the second half. Williams didn't see a single target in the passing game and is looking like a lost cause in terms of post-Week 1 FAAB spent.
Sep 17 - 4:37 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Kerwynn Williams will start against the Colts in Week 2.

He'll be backed up by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson third on the Cards' running back depth chart. Williams will get first crack at early downs and is worth a speculative add in most leagues, but more likely than not, this will be a committee backfield. David Johnson was placed on I.R. with a dislocated wrist earlier this week and could be out until Christmas. This obviously wasn't what fantasy owners had in mind when they took Johnson as a top-two pick in drafts this summer.
Sep 13 - 4:44 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo "doesn't expect a bell-cow" in the Cardinals' backfield in David Johnson's absence.

Garofolo fully expects a committee, with Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson and "maybe even Elijhaa Penny" all vying for touches. Garofolo didn't include ex-Patriots back D.J. Foster in the main group he expects to fight for work. Coach Bruce Arians has famously favored bell-cows throughout his play-calling career, but lacks a back who can fill that role with D.J. sidelined. Williams is the initial favorite on early downs, with Ellington likely to handle most passing situations. Williams will be pushed by CJ2K.
Sep 12 - 7:22 PM

Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki expects the Cardinals to use a running back committee in the absence of David Johnson (wrist).

Johnson is fully expected to miss multiple weeks and is possibly headed to I.R. Playing from behind much of the day, the Cardinals used Andre Ellington on 20 snaps, Kerwynn Williams for nine, and Elijhaa Penny on one. Jurecki expects all three to get work, and projects Williams to "between the tackles," Penny in "short yardage," and Ellington in the "passing game." Williams is probably the preferred add off waiver wires this week, but it's clear nobody is going to replace Johnson as a true workhorse in the desert. D.J. Foster was also just signed off the Patriots' practice squad. Buck Allen and Tarik Cohen are preferred adds over Williams.
Sep 11 - 6:12 PM

Kerwynn Williams rushed five times for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Lions.

Williams took over for an injured David Johnson, scoring from three yards out after Johnson set up Arizona near the goal line with a great catch. Andre Ellington also saw snaps after Johnson left the game, and the duo would likely form something of a committee if Johnson is forced to miss time.
Sep 10 - 5:24 PM

Following Chris Johnson's release, Kerwynn Williams has won the Cardinals' No. 2 running back job.

The Cardinals' No. 2 running back job offers no standalone value because of David Johnson's bellcow, every-down usage, but there are fantasy leagues deep enough where Williams offers some roster-stash appeal. In the event of a D.J. injury, we would expect Williams to be the slight leader in a running back committee that also involves No. 3 back Andre Ellington.
Sep 1 - 2:45 PM

According to the Arizona Republic, coach Bruce Arians "seems comfortable" with Kerwynn Williams as the Cardinals' No. 2 running back.

The Cardinals were happy with how 26-year-old Williams improved as a pass blocker and special teamer last year, and he is ahead of Andre Ellington on the depth chart. Beat writer Kent Somers still wouldn't rule out the Cards re-signing free agent Chris Johnson during training camp. Either way, Arizona's No. 2 job has minimal fantasy relevance behind bellcow David Johnson.
Jul 16 - 9:12 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Stanton
2Blaine Gabbert
RB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3Kerwynn Williams
4D.J. Foster
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1David Johnson
2D.J. Foster
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ricky Seals-Jones
LT1Jared Veldheer
2Will Holden
LG1Alex Boone
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Evan Boehm
3Max Tuerk
RG1Earl Watford
RT1John Wetzel
K1Phil Dawson