DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 3 months ago

Williams will likely lead the Pittsburgh running game while teammate Le'Veon Bell is suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season, ESPN.com reports.

The Steelers were hurt by a lack of running back depth in a playoff loss to the Ravens, and they knew Le'Veon Bell would likely be suspended for the start of the 2015 season. It was thus unsurprising to see the team add a veteran presence in Williams, even though Pittsburgh typically doesn't have the cap room for such luxuries. Williams figures to handle most of the early-down work from Weeks 1-3, but the touches will dry up once Bell is available. As LeGarrette Blount found out last season, there aren't many touches to be had when working behind a three-down workhorse such as Bell. It's also worth noting that Williams isn't much of a receiver, so Dri Archer or another back will likely handle most of the third-down work while Bell is suspended.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 4 months ago

Williams has agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

The Steelers found themselves short on depth last season when LeGarrette Blount was released in November, but in Williams, the team presumably has a running back content with serving as the understudy to emerging star Le'Veon Bell. Williams has split the carries with Jonathan Stewart the last few seasons in Carolina, which has prevented him from exceeding 1,000 yards on the ground since 2009. An assortment of injuries limited Williams to just six games and a 3.5 YPC average in 2014, and with the back set to turn 32 in April, don't expect him to notice much of a rebound in his performance.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 4 months ago2 Comments

Williams is expected to sign with the Steelers, ESPN reports.

Williams arrived at the Steelers' facility Friday afternoon and is now slated to sign a contract with the team. Following an injury-riddled 2014 campaign that included just six games played and zero touchdowns, Williams would figure to back-up star running back Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 4 months ago1 Comment

Williams was released by the Panthers on Tuesday, the team's official website reports.

This just makes the move official, as Williams previously announced that his time with the Panthers is done. He doesn't seem to be leaving on the best of terms, so the possibility of re-signing on a smaller contract can be ruled out. Heading into his age-32 season in the wake of an injury-marred 2014 campaign, Williams is highly unlikely to find a starting job, and he may even need to compete for a roster spot. His limited receiving skills won't help matters as he looks to stay in the league for another year or two.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 4 months ago

Williams has been told by the Panthers that the team plans to release him this offseason, NFL.com reports.

Williams is coming off an injury-riddled 2014 campaign in which he played merely six games and consquently posted career-lows across the board. Furthermore, with the Panthers in a tight salary cap situation, Williams' bulky contract, along with the presence of fellow well-paid running back Jonathan Stewart, has apparently forced Carolina to decide to part ways with their franchise-leading rusher. Since being selected by the Panthers in the first-round of the 2006 draft, the 31-year-old Williams has totaled 6,846 yards and 46 rushing touchdowns. Nonetheless, with his career seemingly on the decline, Williams will probably be nothing more than a complementary running back wherever he signs ahead of next season.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 6 months ago

Williams ended the 2014 season with career-lows in carries (62), rushing yards (219) and touchdowns (zero) in just six games played.

Williams endured a very rough 2014 campaign that was plagued by a combination of hand, foot and thigh injuries. Given those ailments, the 31-year-old managed merely six regular season appearances and his on-field production suffered as well. To that point, besides his 72 yards in Week 1, Williams only topped 40 yards once during his other five outings. Additionally, the veteran failed to find the end zone all season, demonstrating the extent of his frustrating season. Meanwhile, long-time tandem partner Jonathan Stewart enjoyed his best season in years, putting the older Williams' status with the Panthers in question heading into this offseason. Should Carolina stand pat with Williams, he'll likely play more second-fiddle to Stewart, as opposed to their previously well-balanced split of touches. Similarly, with youngster Fozzy Whittaker making strides this season, Williams faces even more competition for snaps moving forward, compounding a dynamic that has already capped his fantasy value over the years.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 6 months ago

Williams (hand) ran for 16 yards on four carries against Arizona on Saturday.

As expected, Williams didn't steal much work from Jonathan Stewart, who finished with 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Williams actually was the third running back to play for Carolina, as Fozzy Whittaker was the first runner off the bench behind Stewart. That could be a temporary arrangement due to Williams' return from injury, but Whittaker was impressive enough that Williams could be permanently pushed to the periphery at this point. Whittaker ran four yards on his only carry while showing a lot of elusiveness on a 34-yard touchdown off a screen pass.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 6 months ago

Williams (hand) is active for Saturday's game against Arizona.

While Williams will return to the field Saturday, he won't necessarily return to a prominent role in the Carolina offense. Jonathan Stewart has safely outperformed Williams this year, and it would be strange if not ill-advised for the Panthers to significantly alter their offensive approach considering the team's peaking play occurred alongside Stewart's installment as the workhorse running back. In other words, it might not be a coincidence that the Panthers improved when Williams' role was lessened. Williams' return probably does pose a slight setback to Stewart's fantasy value, in any case.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 6 months ago

Williams (hand) is probable for Saturday's playoff game against the Cardinals, Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports.

No surprise here, as Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Williams to play for the first time since Week 13. Of course, with Jonathan Stewart finishing the season strong, Williams will likely be limited to a complementary role behind his long-time teammate.

DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 6 months ago

Williams (hand) practiced fully Wednesday.

Coach Ron Rivera indicated Wednesday that Williams -- who was inactive in Week 17 -- looks "ready to roll," which sets the stage for the running back to reenter the Panthers' backfield mix Saturday against the Cardinals, likely in a complementary role behind Jonathan Stewart.