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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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The Newark Star-Ledger's Nick Powell believes Andre Williams role is "up for question" heading into 2015.
We agree. Some seem to believe Williams has a pretty good chance at being the Giants' lead back on early downs, but we're not so sure. He was really bad as a rookie, averaging an awful 3.3 YPC on 217 totes. It was a Trent Richardson-level performance. In a perfect world, Rashad Jennings would be the Giants' lead dog with Shane Vereen mixing in on passing downs and Williams serving as an occasional hammer. Williams will likely see his carries decline significantly in 2015. Apr 8 - 10:58 AM

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ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano expects Andre Williams to earn a greater share of the carries in 2015.

With Rashad Jennings missing five games to injury, Williams led the Giants backfield with 217 carries. He averaged just 3.3 YPC, but was featured as the goal-line back. Williams has a chance to open 2015 in a starting role over Jennings if he continues to develop. He could push for 7-10 touchdowns in OC Ben McAdoo's Power Run scheme.
Feb 7 - 5:39 PM

Andre Williams rushed 15 times for 43 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

Williams was forced to share time with Rashad Jennings, something we'll certainly see more of next season. Although Williams flashes impressive power in the open field, he rarely gets there thanks to a lack of short-area quickness. We can see that in his disappointing 3.32 YPC mark on 217 rookie-year totes. Williams is also a liability in the pass game. All that said, he's a 22-year-old goal-line back with room to improve on his limited skill set. There's plenty of non-PPR keeper appeal here.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Andre Williams (shoulder) and Rashad Jennings (ankle) are both active for Sunday's Week 17 game against the Eagles.

Expect a relatively even timeshare for Williams and Jennings in this one. We'd rather try to exploit the Eagles' defense with Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and the pass game. The Giants inactives: CB Jayron Hosley, LB Devon Kennard, G Eric Herman, OL Adam Gettis, TE Jerome Cunningham and DT Dominique Hamilton.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Andre Williams (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

He was a limited participant in practice each day this week. The Giants' beat writers have expressed no real worry about Williams' Week 17 availability, although beat writers around the country took it easy this week due to the holidays. We suspect Williams will play against the Eagles, though it will be a situation worth monitoring on Sunday morning.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 01:38:00 PM

Andre Williams rushed 26 times for 110 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at St. Louis.

With Rashad Jennings (ankle) inactive and the Giants dominating from start to finish, everything worked in Williams' favor. His best run was a 45-yard burst that saw him absolutely truck stick Rams S Rodney McLeon and keep running. Unfortunately, he blew a blitz pickup which led to a few extra carries for Orleans Darkwa in the first half, one of which went for a 12-yard score. Williams projects for a big workload again in Week 17 against the Eagles as it would be a surprise if Jennings returns.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:42:00 PM

Andre Williams had 18 carries for 44 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over Washington.

Rashad Jennings re-injured his ankle on the first play of the game, leaving Williams to run away with the carries again this week. Coming off his breakout against the Titans, he was held in check against Washington's dominant run defense. With Jennings up in the air for Week 16, Williams could close out the season as the starter.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:08:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Rashad Jennings may need another week of a "reduced workload" to get his balky ankle right.

In other words, the Giants may need Andre Williams to play a prominent role in their backfield again, coming off his breakout Week 14 performance. It's possible Williams runs away with the carries like he did in last week's win over the Titans. Jennings is fast becoming a running back to avoid in the fantasy semifinals. Williams can't be trusted as more than a dicey flex, either.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Andre Williams rushed for 131 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in the Giants' Week 14 win over the Titans.

Williams got the start with Rashad Jennings hobbled by his ankle injury. He had a weak first half, managing 27 yards on 10 carries, but came out in the second half and broke off a 50-yard touchdown run up the left side to open the flood gates. Williams also did some work in the passing game, catching three passes for 16 yards. The Titans will make any running back look good, so we're not heavily chasing these points for Week 15 against the Redskins. Jennings touched the ball just three times Sunday.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Andre Williams is expected to start Week 14 against the Titans, even with Rashad Jennings (ankle) active.

Williams will get the initial work on early downs, with Jennings coming in on passing downs. If Jennings holds up, he'll have the opportunity to increase his role. Most expect a near-even 50-50 split, leaving neither as an enticing fantasy option. Both are low-end RB2 plays. Inactive for the Giants are LB Jacquian Williams, LB Mark Herzlich, OL James Brewer, CB Jayron Hosley, OL Eric Hermain, and RB Chris Ogbonnaya.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:27:00 AM

Andre Williams had eight carries for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss to Jacksonville.

He added two catches for 16 yards. Williams was used in a change of pace role behind Rashad Jennings, but got a few drives to himself. Jennings exited with an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter, leaving him to play on the Giants' final two drives. Williams will be on the RB2 radar for a matchup against the Titans' league-worst run defense in Week 14 if Jennings misses time. He averaged 16 touches in four starts earlier this season.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Andre Williams had 10 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, adding one catch for 12 yards.

Williams had an expanded role this week, and vultured a touchdown from Rashad Jennings in the second quarter. He was the more effective back between the tackles, and could continue to see a bigger committee role. The Giants gave Williams goal-line work, but didn't use him in high-leverage situations. Williams is a must-own handcuff for Jennings owners.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 01:05:00 AM

Andre Williams rushed two times for two yards and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss to the 49ers.

As expected, the limited Williams was reduced to a bit role as Rashad Jennings (knee) returned. We only saw Williams take one snap in the first half. However, Williams got a bunch of snaps late as Jennings may have aggravated his knee injury. Stay tuned heading into a Week 12 home game against the Cowboys.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Andre Williams rushed 13 times for 33 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 10 loss at Seattle.

Williams is a very limited running back right now, but one thing he can do is violently shed contact and keep his legs churning. He did just that on an impressive 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his fourth touchdown in the last six games. If Rashad Jennings (knee) can't go against the 49ers in Week 11, Williams would be a similar TD-dependent play for desperate owners.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 08:11:00 PM

Giants rookie RB Andre Williams has been working with Rashad Jennings (knee) on becoming a more patient runner.

"He’s been trying to get me to understand patience," Williams said. "Certain plays will develop faster than others, some will develop slower depending on the scheme, so he’s just letting me know." Williams has struggled as the lead-back in Jennings' absence, often running into the back of his own linemen and getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage. He is taking steps to remedy those issues, but that work has yet to translate to the field. Williams is nothing more than a touchdown-or-bust option against the Seahawks Week 10.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Ricky Stanzi
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Victor Cruz
3Corey Washington
4Marcus Harris
5Julian Talley
WR21Rueben Randle
2Dwayne Harris
3Preston Parker
4Geremy Davis
5Juron Criner
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
4Jerome Cunningham
5Matt LaCosse
K1Josh Brown
2Chris Boswell