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Kerwynn Williams | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/9/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 198
College: Utah State
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Kerwynn Williams rushed 17 times for 67 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.
Williams served as Arizona's primary back in this one and has outplayed Stepfan Taylor late in the season. An excellent find by GM Steve Keim, Williams is a quick between-the-tackles runner and can also be very useful as a receiver, although he wasn't used there much in Sunday's game. Expect Williams and Taylor to continue sharing work in the postseason, with Arians deciding which back to ride based on whom he deems is displaying the "hotter hand." The Cards visit the Panthers in the Wild Card round. Dec 28 - 7:37 PM

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Kerwynn Williams was held to two carries for four yards in Sunday night's loss to Seattle.

Williams barely saw the field behind Stepfan Taylor. He surprisingly wasn't part of the gameplan after leading the backfield in snaps last week. Taylor averaged just 1.7 YPC, so Williams could be more involved in Week 17 against the 49ers.
Dec 22 - 12:45 AM

Kerwynn Williams led the Cardinals backfield with 33 snaps in Thursday night's Week 15 game against the Rams.

He narrowly edged out Stepfan Taylor, who once again got the start and played 29 snaps. Marion Grice was in on two plays. Williams out-gained Taylor 86-61, but coughed the football up late deep inside his own territory. Fortunately for Arizona, the Cardinals recovered it. But Williams was sent to the sideline in favor of Taylor the rest of the way. While Williams has shown some ability the past two weeks, this is a backfield to avoid in Week 16 vs. Seattle.
Dec 12 - 9:14 AM

Kerwynn Williams rushed 15 times for 75 yards in the Cardinals' Week 15 win over the Rams, adding two catches for an additional 11 yards.

Williams came off the bench behind Stepfan Taylor, but the duo proceeded to rotate carries all night. Williams out-touched Taylor 17-14, and out-gained him 86-61. Things were going swimmingly until Williams fumbled with just 4:40 remaining. Thankfully, the Cardinals recovered, but Williams got just one more touch as coach Bruce Arians leaned on Taylor as his primary clock killer. Williams has shown some serious acceleration the past two weeks, averaging 5.14 yards on his 34 carries, but he can't be relied on if you're fighting for a fantasy championship in Week 16. The Cardinals have a forbidding matchup in the Seahawks, and Williams' workload is just too unpredictable.
Dec 11 - 11:58 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Bruce Arians said Stepfan Taylor was still the Cardinals' starting running back, and that the team would continue to go with a committee.

It was a diplomatic comment from the often-feisty Arians, but we'd still expect Kerwynn Williams to get the first crack at establishing the "hot hand" against the Rams on Thursday. Williams out-touched Arizona's other backs 19-12 in Sunday's win, and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Taylor figures to get completely enveloped by the Rams' dominating front. Williams will be the Cards' best bet at making plays from the running-back position. He's a boom-or-bust RB3 for Week 15.
Dec 8 - 2:44 PM

Kerwynn Williams rushed 19 times for 100 yards Week 14 against the Chiefs.

Williams surprisingly dominated the Cardinals' running back work, out-touching Stepfan Taylor 19-to-7 and handling almost all of the second-half carries. Only signed off the practice squad on Friday, Williams gave the Cardinals' offense a rushing spark they have desperately needed the past month. Williams has at least earned a shot at lead back duties Week 15 against the Rams. He will be an interesting FLEX play on Thursday night.
Dec 7 - 7:23 PM

Cardinals signed RB Kerwynn Williams off their practice squad.

DT Bruce Gaston was cut in a corresponding move. A 2013 seventh-round pick by the Chargers, Williams played in one game as a rookie. He will serve as the No. 3 back behind Andre Ellington and rookie Marion Grice.
Nov 1 - 1:40 PM

Chargers waived/released RB Kerwynn Williams, OT Nick Becton, FB Zach Boren, TE Jake Byrne, WR Brelan Chancellor, LB Adrian Hamilton, WR Micah Hatfield, OG Darryl Johnson, TE Ryan Otten, CB Lowell Rose and P Chase Tenpenny.

A 2013 seventh-rounder, Williams appeared in one game for the Colts as a rookie. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason is concerning, as it means the Chargers don't view him as a candidate for the practice squad. The Bolts saw more potential in UDFA Branden Oliver. Williams should get a shot to prove he's worth a practice-squad spot somewhere else.
Aug 25 - 4:41 PM

Colts waived RB Kerwynn Williams.

The No. 230 pick of April's draft, Williams was promoted from the practice squad on September 13, but is no longer needed following the acquisition of Trent Richardson. He should land back on the practice squad.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Colts promoted RB/KR Kerwynn Williams from their practice squad.

He'll be No. 3 on the tailback depth chart, behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown with Vick Ballard sent to injured reserve. Though undersized at 5-foot-8, 195, Williams has terrific long speed and receiving ability. He lacks re-draft value, but is worth a roster spot in deep Dynasty leagues.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Colts signed RB/KR Kerwynn Williams to their practice squad.

He'll be on speed dial in case Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, or Donald Brown gets hurt. Williams was the 230th overall pick in April's draft. He rushed 41 times for 169 yards (4.1 YPC) and had three receptions in the Colts' preseason.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 05:34:00 PM

Colts waived RB/KR Kerwynn Williams.

It's a surprising move, although Williams didn't have an overwhelmingly positive or buzz-worthy preseason. He goes to make room for ex-Titans TE Jack Doyle. Williams was the Colts' seventh-round draft pick this past April.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 03:07:00 PM

The Colts are expected to use rookie RB Kerwynn Williams on kick returns.

The special teams value gives Williams -- the 230rd overall pick -- an inside track on a roster spot. If the Colts sign Ahmad Bradshaw, either Donald Brown or Delone Carter will be let go. Williams was also a terrific receiver at Utah State and could be a third-down weapon in time if he learns to pass protect.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 04:04:00 PM

Colts agreed to terms with No. 230 overall pick RB Kerwynn Williams on a four-year contract.

Williams averaged 6.94 YPC on 218 carries at Utah State as a senior, his first year as a starter. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, but he posted an impressive 4.48 forty at the Combine with a 1.52 ten-yard split. Williams is lightly penciled in as the fourth-string running back in a Colts' backfield lacking talent, so he could see meaningful snaps as a rookie.
Thu, May 9, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Colts selected Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams with the No. 230 overall pick.

Williams (5-foot-8 1/8, 195) emerged from 2012 draft picks Robert Turbin and Michael Smith's shadow to rip off 1,512 yards and 15 touchdowns on 218 carries (6.94 YPC) in 2012. He added 45 catches for 697 yards (15.5 YPR) and five more scores. Williams' versatility is attractive, but he's more of an undersized straight-line speedster, albeit with absolutely blazing wheels. He ranked fourth among running backs at the Combine in both forty time (4.48) and the ten-yard split (1.52). In a best-case scenario, Williams would be groomed to take a larger role in 2014 when Donald Brown is a free agent.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Stanton
2Ryan Lindley
3Logan Thomas
RB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
3Marion Grice
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1Stepfan Taylor
2Kerwynn Williams
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown