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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 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

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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

Kerwynn Williams contributed 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

He wasn't able to reel in his lone target. Williams and Andre Ellington split carries after David Johnson went down with a knee injury late in the first quarter. The 12 carries were more than Williams had in his previous eight games combined. We’re not putting too much stock in a garbage-time fueled Week 17 performance. Assuming Johnson is healthy for the start of next year, Williams won’t be a factor in real life or in fantasy.
Jan 1 - 9:21 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Kerwynn Williams.

He's back after getting cut last week. Williams will serve as the No. 4 running back behind David Johnson, Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor. QB Zac Dysert was cut to make room for Williams.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 12:59:00 PM

Cardinals released RB Kerwynn Williams.

TE Hakeem Valles has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. Williams was signed to take Chris Johnson's roster spot, but the Cardinals are evidently comfortable with Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor behind David Johnson.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Kerwynn Williams.

It's an indication that the Cardinals expect Chris Johnson (groin) to miss time. Williams spent all of 2014-2015 and this preseason with Arizona and is very familiar with the system. Williams will team with Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor to back up David Johnson until Chris returns.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 04:42:00 PM

Free agent RB Kerwynn Williams worked out for the Seahawks.

Thomas Rawls (bruised leg) is expected to be fine, but Williams could be the addition if he's not. Williams was let go by the Cardinals at final cuts.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:39:00 PM

Cardinals waived RB Kerwynn Williams.

Williams was already up against it in a backfield that included David Johnson, Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, and proceeded to get out-played by "Elijhaa Penny" in the Cardinals' preseason finale. Williams has 80 career carries for 388 yards (4.8 YPC). He's only 25. He'll likely get a shot on someone's practice squad.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 05:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
RB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3Andre Ellington
4Kerwynn Williams
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
LG1Mike Iupati
2Will Holden
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
RG1Evan Boehm
2Earl Watford
RT1Jared Veldheer
K1Phil Dawson