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Andre Williams | Running Back

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 230
College: Boston College
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Rashad Jennings was noncommittal Monday when asked if he will return from his MCL sprain following the Giants' Week 8 bye.
"I'm not God," said Jennings. "I'm going through my checkpoints. I want to see where it lays." Jennings will try to run on the knee during the open date. He's not begun doing any running outside of the water yet. "You're talking about a running back coming back from an MCL [sprain]," coach Tom Coughlin said. "This is not an easy thing for Rashad either. He is well aware of that. It's his makeup we're counting on. Again, he's doing everything in his power, I can guarantee you that." Oct 20 - 5:08 PM

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Andre Williams rushed 18 times for 51 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss at Dallas.

It was Williams' second straight disappointing day. The Giants came out with a plan to feature him heavily, but he only got to the second level once (on a 22-yard run). Similar to Eddie Lacy, Williams is a violent and powerful runner -- but not one that can make people miss in the hole. With Rashad Jennings (knee) tentatively expected back after the Week 8 bye, Williams' arrow is pointing down. He's rushed 35 times for 110 yards with zero touchdowns in his two games as the starter.
Oct 19 - 7:39 PM's Jordan Raanan is forecasting a "BIG game" for rookie Andre Williams in Sunday's clash with the Cowboys.

It'd certainly be refreshing for fantasy owners disappointed by Williams' slow Week 6 against the Eagles, which was the product of New York getting blown out on the road. The Giants are again on the road at Dallas, but the Cowboys' run defense has been soft when tested. If the Giants maintain time of possession, Williams has the potential to pay RB2 dividends as a fantasy start.
Oct 19 - 11:45 AM

Andre Williams was held to 58 yards on 16 carries in Sunday night's Week 6 loss to the Eagles.

It was a worse-case scenario for Williams. The Giants played from behind the entire game and were forced to abandon the run in the second half. He didn't have any mistakes in pass protection, but the offensive line struggled and allowed eight sacks. Williams showed good power on his inside runs, and trucked Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins for an impressive eight-yard gain in the first quarter. Peyton Hillis spelled Williams in some passing situations, but isn't a threat to cut into his workload. Williams will be an RB2 with touchdown-upside in Week 7 against the Cowboys.
Oct 13 - 12:37 AM

The Giants' website projects Andre Williams to get 20-25 carries this week.

With Rashad Jennings sidelined, Williams is going to have an every-down role against the Eagles. He doesn't contribute much in the receiving game, but Peyton Hillis isn't an upgrade in pass protection and unlikely to cut into his snaps. PFF has credited Williams without a single quarterback hurry on 13 pass-blocking chances. He should be a lock for 20-plus touches against a Philadelphia defense that's allowing 132 rush yards per game. Rotoworld ranks Williams as the No. 12 running back for Week 6.
Oct 11 - 6:37 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano said the Giants do not trust rookie RB Andre Williams in the passing game.

"They absolutely do not trust him as a receiver, nor should they, based on what we've seen of his hands," Graziano said. "And I'm not entirely certain they trust him in pass protection yet either." Williams will start and get a healthy workload if the Giants hang around with the Eagles, but his opportunities could become a concern if the Giants get down big early. He is a solid RB2 this week, but is somewhat of a risky play.
Oct 11 - 11:39 AM

Coach Tom Coughlin said he is "very confident" in Andre Williams' ability to take on a bigger role.

Coughlin is notoriously hard on rookies, but gave Williams 31-of-37 snaps after Rashad Jennings (knee) went down Sunday. That included some third downs and 13 hurry-up snaps, leaving Peyton Hillis to just sprinkle in as a pass protector. With Jennings expected to sit out through the Week 8 bye, Williams is a serious RB1 candidate in plus matchups against the Eagles and Cowboys. Just realize that Rashad Jennings is fully expected to get his featured job back once healthy, likely after that bye.
Oct 7 - 10:19 AM

Andre Williams will take over as the Giants' feature back in the absence of Rashad Jennings (knee).

Jennings compared his MCL sprain to one that he suffered in 2012 with the Jaguars, costing him two games. A two-game absence would give Williams starts against the Eagles and Cowboys, immediately putting the workhorse rookie into the RB1 conversation. The Giants could work around their Week 8 bye for Jennings' return. Peyton Hillis would take over as Williams' breather back.
Oct 6 - 3:45 PM

Andre Williams rushed 20 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 5 win over the Falcons.

He caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards, working as the Giants' every-down back after Rashad Jennings' (knee) early exit. Jennings was injured late in the second quarter and never returned. If Williams gets an extended shot as New York's feature back, he'll be an every-week fantasy starter in upcoming games against the Eagles, Cowboys, and Colts. Williams did not average a high yards per carry against Atlanta, but wore down the Falcons' defense and rushed for critical late-game first downs. The announcers described him as a "truck."
Oct 5 - 4:34 PM

Andre Williams rushed 15 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 4 win over the Redskins.

Williams' lone target in the passing game resulted in a horrifying drop. It was the only touch of gray on an otherwise fantastic evening. With the G-Men pile-driving Washington in the second half, Williams took a load off for starter Rashad Jennings, notching his first career touchdown in the process. Williams' power shined through, as he was paving over Redskins defenders for tough yards in obvious rushing situations. Williams remains a mere handcuff behind workhorse Jennings, but is carving out a future in New York.
Sep 26 - 12:36 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano expects Andre Williams to be more involved in Thursday night's game against Washington.

Rashad Jennings is coming off a career-high 34 carries in Week 3, and coach Tom Coughlin said the team is "monitoring his workload" on a short week. Williams is a good bet see his highest snap total of the season on Thursday night. Washington is allowing just 64.7 rushing yards per game, so he'll remain no more than a RB4/5.
Sep 24 - 1:29 PM

Andre Williams rushed for 18 yards on six carries in the Giants' Week 3 win over the Texans.

Williams got one series to himself, but didn't do much with the carries and was way out-touched by Rashad Jennings 34-6. Jennings also gets all the goal-line looks, and cashed one in for a one-yard score Sunday. Williams has no fantasy value in re-draft leagues. He won't have any unless Jennings gets hurt.
Sep 21 - 5:13 PM

Andre Williams was held to 12 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for seven yards in the Giants' Week 2 loss to Arizona.

He also had a bad fourth-quarter drop. Putrid run blocking certainly hasn't helped -- starter Rashad Jennings is also well under 4.0 YPC through two games -- but Jennings will enter Week 3 with just 21 yards on 13 carries thus far. He's a viable handcuff for Jennings' fantasy owners, but nothing more, and unlike in preseason Williams is not being fed the ball on the goal line. Jennings scored a goal-line TD in the season opener and again got goal-line carries Sunday, but was stuffed.
Sep 14 - 4:22 PM

Andre Williams rushed five times for nine yards in the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Williams is a distant No. 2 on the depth chart to every-down back Rashad Jennings. Williams is merely Jennings' change-of-pace and breather back. Jennings handled the goal-line work and all early-down action. Williams can't catch a cold in the passing game. He's well off re-draft radar unless Jennings gets hurt.
Sep 8 - 11:35 PM

Coaches have told ESPN's Dan Graziano that Andre Williams is "still a bit too raw for them to count on him extensively, at least at the beginning of the season."

Rashad Jennings is shaping up as both the passing back and the primary ball carrier for the Giants. Williams will sprinkle in little for short-yardage, change-of-pace and goal-line work. We're not blown away by Jennings' raw talent, but there aren't many three-down workhorse backs left in the league. His current ADP is in the late-third or early-fourth round.
Sep 1 - 9:45 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
4Michael Cox
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
FB1Henry Hynoski
WR11Odell Beckham
2Preston Parker
3Kevin Ogletree
WR21Rueben Randle
2Corey Washington
WR31Preston Parker
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
K1Josh Brown