The Saints on Saturday promoted RB Jonathan Williams from the practice squad. It continues a weird circuit that started with him looking like Mark Ingram's main fill-in, then found him cut and signed to the practice squad. We'll see exactly how Saints RB touches get allotted in the opener. Don't trust any New Orleans RB beyond Alvin Kamara in fantasy lineups.
The Saints have cut RB Jonathan Williams, who seemed on track to pick up early carries in Mark Ingram's absence. Williams' departure leaves Trey Edmunds and rookie Boston Scott as potential early touch collectors during Ingram's 4-game suspension. Don't go out of your way to draft any non-starting Saints RB over the next week, though.
ESPN's Mike Triplett believes Saints RB Boston Scott will see playing time during RB Mark Ingram's 4-game suspension to open the season. Scott got the start in Thursday night's preseason finale and finished with 68 yards and a score on 12 carries. RB Jonathan Williams also played and ran it 16 times for 64 yards and a TD. "I don’t think it’s set in stone that Williams will be the clear-cut No. 2 RB behind Alvin Kamara to start the season," Triplett writes. "I think the timeshare between Williams and Scott could continue into the regular season after Scott has impressed in recent weeks and drawn praise from Sean Payton." The playing time split will be something to monitor in Week 1. We can't trust either guy in fantasy lineups to open the season.
The Saints have released RB Terrance West. He lasted just a couple of months with the team, carrying 7 times for 36 yards in 2 preseason games. RB Jonathan Williams seems to have emerged as the favorite for #2 RB duties during Mark Ingram's suspension. He was the 2nd RB into last weekend's preseason game (Alvin Kamara didn't play) and finished with 37 yards on 8 carries.
The Saints have signed RB Jonathan Williams off Denver's practice squad, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 2nd-year back was surprisingly cut by Buffalo before the season and hadn't been heard from since. He obviously has no immediate fantasy value in New Orleans. But an injury to either Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara could change that.
The Broncos have signed RB Jonathan Williams to their practice squad. The 2nd-year back was surprisingly cut by the Bills over the weekend and then went unclaimed on waivers. Williams looked good all preseason, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and remains an intriguing prospect. He has major depth-chart climbing to do in Denver, but there's opportunity in an unsettled backfield. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.
The Bills surprisingly cut RB Jonathan Williams on Sunday. The 2nd-year back enjoyed a good preseason and looked like the #2 RB behind LeSean McCoy. We can't help but wonder if there are off-field issues at play here. He had a DWI arrest in June but didn't face any discipline, and we haven't heard of any further issues. The move leaves Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones and Mike Tolbert behind McCoy in an offense that seems to look worse by the day. If you're drafting today and happen to land McCoy, don't bother reaching for any handcuff. We'd bet on Williams being quickly picked up by another team -- unless there's something else below the surface here.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams practiced on Friday night, according to the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski. So much for the hamstring injury HC Sean McDermott said he suffered in Thursday's preseason opener. Williams was impressive in that one, carrying 4 times for 39 yards. If healthy, he's in line to serve as Buffalo's #2 RB.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams turned 4 carries into 39 yards in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Vikings. He had runs of 8, 15 and 17 yards -- plus a 9-yarder called back by a holding penalty. Unfortunately, Williams' night ended with a hamstring injury. We'll see how long that keeps him out, but he certainly looks like the #2 RB in Buffalo -- and the handcuff to LeSean McCoy.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams likes how he fits in new OC Rick Dennison's zone-blocking scheme. “There’s a lot of room for you to use your instincts,” Williams said. “It’s that stretch, one step, downhill cut and I think that fits my game just because that’s the type of back I am. A lot of people think I’m a big bruiser, but I feel I’m more of a slasher and I feel like slashing fits this offense.” Williams will head to training camp as the favorite for the #2 RB job. That spot has produced a pair of top-31 non-PPR RBs (and top 40 in PPR) over the last 2 seasons in Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee. Williams could present some standalone fantasy value in 2017 -- and be a weekly starter if LeSean McCoy goes down.
The Bills declined to match the Patriots' 2-year, $6.4 million contract offer to restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee. So he's off to New England, while Buffalo receives a 5th-round pick as compensation. Gillislee joins an extremely crowded backfield that includes Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis. Gillislee and Burkhead figure to be battling mostly for early-down, ball-carrying duties. And, most importantly, the goal-line role. Patriots RBs have averaged 16.4 rushing scores over the past 5 seasons, with 18+ in 3 of those. In Buffalo, meanwhile, talented 2nd-year RB Jonathan Williams now has a big opportunity to step in as LeSean McCoy's backup.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice all week and was still sporting a "huge wrap" on that injured thumb on Friday, per insider Joe Buscaglia. McCoy is expected to play vs. Jacksonville, but the thumb issue certainly adds some risk. For what it’s worth, HC Rex Ryan said Friday that McCoy should be “ready to get the majority of the reps.” RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is out for Week 12, leaving Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams as McCoy's backups.
The Bills will use a RB rotation vs. New England today and ride the "hot hand," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mike Gillislee still figures to get the 1st crack and remains the preferred fantasy play. But he could lose touches to Reggie Bush and/or Jonathan Williams. The Patriots rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to RBs and are giving up just 3.6 yards per carry.
The Bills have listed RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He didn't practice all week, and HC Rex Ryan essentially confirmed on Friday that McCoy won't play. (In a very Rex-ish way.) RB Mike Gillislee figures to operate as Buffalo's lead back, with Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams backing him up. New England ranks 8th in fantasy points allowed to RBs, but volume puts Gillislee on the RB2 map.
Reggie Bush is "considered the favorite" for the Bills' #2 RB job, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. Bush was the 2nd RB into Saturday's preseason game, losing a yard on his 1 carry. RB Mike Gillislee later suffered a concussion. Buffalo's run-heavy offense figures to grant Bush a handful of carries per game, and we'll see how much passing-down work he steals from LeSean McCoy. But Bush is 31 now and has been ineffective the past 2 seasons. We're not very interested in him in fantasy drafts. Rookie Jonathan Williams could make a push for the #2 job later this year.
The Bills have released RB Karlos Williams. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the move was performance-based, rather than off-field. Williams reported to the team overweight this offseason and was behind LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams and possibly Reggie Bush on the depth chart. It still seems like a short-sighted move by Buffalo, though. Williams wasn't costing much and flashed big-time ability as a rookie. It shouldn't take him long to find a new home. We'd hang on to Williams in dynasty leagues.
The Bills and RB Reggie Bush are finalizing a 1-year contract, according to insider Jason La Canfora. Bush's 2015 season with the 49ers ended on November 1 with a torn MCL. He's 31 now and has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and 6.2 yards per catch over the past 2 years. Bush is no more than a change-of-pace option at this point -- and it's unclear whether he'll be effective even in that role. He's no threat to RB LeSean McCoy's workload and will need to beat out Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams for the #2 RB job while Karlos Williams serves his 4-game suspension.
Turns out Bills RB Karlos Williams was doing more than stuffing his face this offseason. He's been suspended 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With rookie RB Jonathan Williams also facing a potential ban for his recent DWI arrest, Buffalo could be down to LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee and James Wilder in the backfield for the first month. McCoy's stock gets a slight boost with the recent news. Karlos Williams is now tough to like as more than a late-round flier. There are obvious dedication issues here.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with DWI early Thursday morning. The rookie reportedly had a strong spring, while RB Karlos Williams dealt with his big belly. We'll see if Jonathan's legal issue draws a suspension from the league, but it certainly won't help his chances of carving out a role behind starter LeSean McCoy.
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