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Andre Williams | Running Back

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 230
College: Boston College
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Andre Williams was held to 19 yards on eight carries in the Giants' third preseason game Saturday night.
He was not targeted in the passing game, but did mix in with the ones again. Williams has 102 yards on 22 carries (4.64 YPC) through three exhibition affairs. He is likely to open the season in a committee with Rashad Jennings, who is far more skilled in the passing game but is an inferior runner to Williams. Aug 16 - 10:42 PM

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Andre Williams rushed seven times for 35 yards in the Giants' second preseason game.

He wasn't targeted as a receiver. Williams didn't get any goal-line carries because the G-Men never made it to the red zone while he was in the game. Rashad Jennings scored the Giants' lone rushing touchdown, though it came via a 73-yard scamper. Williams is the favorite to handle short-yardage duties in the Giants' committee. Through two preseason games, he's rushed 14 times for 83 yards (5.93 YPC) and a score.
Aug 9 - 10:39 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the team's HOF game usage of rookie Andre Williams "indicates that he may be a big part of the initial plan."

That's certainly the way it looked to us, as the Giants' offense really got going when Rashad Jennings and Williams were being shuttled in and out of the rotation in power-run sets. Per Graziano, the Giants "already love (Williams) as a runner -- and not just at the goal line." Williams also stayed in the game on two pass plays Sunday night. If Williams shows well in pass protection, he could make a run at Jennings' lead running back job by September.
Aug 4 - 12:09 PM

Rookie Andre Williams rushed seven times for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Hall of Fame game against the Bills.

As has been the case since camp opened, Williams operated as the Giants' goal-line back with the first-team offense, plunging in from three yards out. It's important to note that Williams did most of his damage against the Bills' second-team defense, but he showed a lot more burst and power than starter Rashad Jennings, who managed 23 yards on seven carries. Although Williams will always be limited from a passing-game standpoint -- he truly can't catch -- it's abundantly clear that he is the Giants' best pure runner. Williams' Average Draft Position is currently undrafted, and that needs to change. He's going to earn a spot in a committee with Jennings and could score 6-8 TDs.
Aug 3 - 9:27 PM

Andre Williams continues to take the goal-line snaps at Giants camp.

Williams was originally spotted in first-team goal-line packages more than a week ago, and nothing has changed. It's a place the fourth-round rookie can contribute right away, as the 230-pound grinder has a ways to go in pass protection and as a receiver. Rashad Jennings has a potential vulture on his hands.
Aug 1 - 7:49 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes rookie Andre Williams will open the season as the Giants' goal-line back.

Williams is currently listed as the No. 4 running back, but has been getting first-team reps with the goal-line offense. The Star-Ledger considers Williams the favorite for red-zone duties "as long as he holds on to the football." The Giants could use a three-back rotation behind Rashad Jennings, with David Wilson in a change-of-pace role and Williams as a short-yardage specialist.
Jul 26 - 3:36 PM

Rookie Andre Williams has struggled in the passing game early at Giants camp.

Observers of Williams at Boston College and the Combine could've predicted this; he can't catch a cold. Per beat writer Jordan Raanan, Williams "completely missed" a swing pass in Thursday's practice, later dropping an easy screen in 11-on-11s and catching one ball "with his facemask." Williams has continued to work with the starting goal-line offense, but has obvious pass-game limitations.
Jul 24 - 6:49 PM

Fourth-round pick Andre Williams worked with the Giants' first-team goal-line offense at Tuesday's opening training camp practice.

He opened camp ahead of Peyton Hillis. Williams is a north-south runner who attacks the hole with authority, making him a natural short-yardage back. Rashad Jennings and David Wilson will earn their keep between the 20s, but Williams vulturing TD chances would be a big blow to Jennings' stock. If Williams secures goal-line duties, he immediately propels himself onto the re-draft radar. We're in the early stages of summer, but it's something to watch closely.
Jul 22 - 2:50 PM

ESPN New York's Dan Graziano said, "Everything I heard about (Giants rookie RB Andre) Williams in spring practices indicated he needed a lot more work."

Williams is a north-south runner that has surprising speed once he breaks into the second level. He leaves a lot to be desired in the passing game, however, and it is likely that aspect of his game that requires the work. Unless he shows aptitude as a pass blocker, he will find playing time hard to come by his rookie year.
Jul 19 - 10:50 AM

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross reportedly assigned Andre Williams a second- to third-round grade before the G-Men selected Williams in the fourth round.

Per beat reporter Jordan Raanan, "at least one person" within the Giants gave Williams a first-round grade. Raanan believes Williams' chances at rookie-year playing time hinge on showing the coaching staff whether he can be an effective pass blocker. It's well known Williams is a poor pass catcher. If he can block, however, the Giants can function offensively with Williams on passing downs.
Jun 16 - 3:31 PM

According to ESPN New York, fourth-round RB Andre Williams has looked like a "chaotic runner" in Giants OTAs.

Per reporter Dan Graziano, there are "lot of arms and elbows flying around" when Williams runs, and he "likely needs to refine his technique." It's not terribly surprising for a mid-round basher. Refinement is the kind of thing OTAs are for.
Jun 5 - 5:09 PM

After a recent visit with Tom Coughlin, ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the fourth-round selection of Andre Williams is a sign the Giants "want to retake the line of scrimmage."

Williams is a downhill, no-nonsense power back in the style of Michael Turner. His weakness is the passing game, where Williams simply can't catch. Mort said his "takeaway" after the Coughlin visit was, "Who says we have to throw to him?" If Williams can pass block, he can stay on the field in passing situations even if the Giants aren't feeding him targets. Turner functioned in that way in Atlanta, Stevan Ridley in New England, and Ryan Grant in Green Bay.
May 22 - 4:19 PM

Giants signed fourth-round RB Andre Williams to a four-year contract.

Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) is a downhill runner with minimal lateral agility. He can be an early-down workhorse at the NFL level, but he doesn't catch passes. Williams drew some Shonn Greene comparisons. He's a worthwhile dynasty prospect as someone who could flirt with double-digit TDs if he tops the depth chart. Our own Patrick Daugherty took Williams at 2.05 in the Rotoworld Dynasty League rookie draft. It's a 14-team league.
May 16 - 1:39 PM

The Giants had a second-round grade on fourth-round RB Andre Williams.

A 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist, Williams led the nation in rushing. "He comes through the line of scrimmage and 22 eyes are looking at him and he still rushes for 2,000 yards," GM Jerry Reese said. "If you get up in a game and you're trying to run the clock out in that four-minute drill at the end, this is the kind of guy that you can give the ball to over and over and over." Williams is a Shonn Greene-esque downhill runner who doesn't catch passes, but is someone to keep an eye on in Dynasty leagues.
May 12 - 2:13 PM

Giants selected Boston College RB Andre Williams with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) was the 2013 Doak Walker Award winner as college football's top running back, setting school records in carries (355) and rushing yards (2,177). He averaged 5.31 YPC on 703 career attempts, scoring 28 touchdowns. Although Williams ran 4.56 with a beastly 10-foot-9 broad jump in Indy, he's more of a grinder on tape, almost like a bigger BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He is a decisive, downhill runner with zero shake and has hands of stone, managing 10 catches across 44 college games and relentlessly dropping passes in Combine drills. Some NFL scouts have compared him to Shonn Greene. Williams is a worthwhile Dynasty prospect with only journeymen Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis ahead of him on the depth chart, and David Wilson's concerning medical situation.
May 10 - 12:45 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Curtis Painter
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
4Michael Cox
5Kendall Gaskins
GLB1Andre Williams
2Rashad Jennings
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
FB1Henry Hynoski
2John Conner
WR11Victor Cruz
2Jerrel Jernigan
3Marcus Harris
4Trindon Holliday
5Preston Parker
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Corey Washington
4Mario Manningham
5Julian Talley
WR31Odell Beckham
TE1Larry Donnell
2Adrien Robinson
3Daniel Fells
4Kellen Davis
5Jerome Cunningham
K1Josh Brown
2Brandon McManus