Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New Orleans Saints
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Williams was expected to serve as LeSean McCoy's primary backup in Buffalo in 2017, but he was a surprise cut in early September. Before signing with the Saints last November, the bruising 6-0, 223-pound back spent nearly the entire season on the Broncos' practice squad. Entering his third NFL campaign, Williams is now looking for work after being a surprise cut by the Saints. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Saints in September of 2018.
Loses a yard
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 18, 2018
Williams lost a yard in his only carry of Sunday's 21-18 win over Cleveland.
ANALYSIS
Neither of the Saints' first two games -- a shootout followed by a late double-digit deficit -- has been conducive to running the football. Even by that low standard, though, two carries and a loss of a yard over two weeks is not promising -- especially compared to Alvin Kamara's 36 total touches and Mike Gillislee's 11. Things are unlikely to improve in two weeks when Mark Ingram (suspension) is able to return to the stable.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    9
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
92
55
2018
9
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 0"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   223 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.63 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.29 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   6.97 sec
AVERAGE
Arm Length:   31.63 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
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Vertical Jump:   0 in
Not Available
Broad Jump:   0 in
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Bench Press:   16 reps
POOR
New Orleans Saints Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Mike Gillislee's defection to the Patriots and the Bills' decision not to draft another running back seemingly left the door open for Williams to be LeSean McCoy's primary backup in 2017, but he was let go by Buffalo in early September. The 5-11, 223-pound bruiser out of Arkansas saw limited duty as a rookie last year, mainly being used as a short-yardage option, but he has the skills to potentially be effective in any situation, as he showed surprising elusiveness and soft hands in college as well as the patience to let holes develop.
Williams earned a bit of playing time at the University of Arkansas as a true freshman, and then shared the backfield with Alex Collins in 2013 and 2014, with both players enjoying sustained success. Seemingly headed for the early to middle rounds, Williams missed his entire senior year with a foot injury, causing him to slip to the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He proved his health by running a 4.59 40-yard dash at his pro day - a solid time for a player listed at 6-0, 223 pounds. The Bills may have gotten a steal in the fifth round, but even if Williams has starter potential down the line, he'll likely open the season fourth on the depth chart, behind LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee and Reggie Bush.
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One carry in debut
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 10, 2018
Williams did not gain a yard on his only carry in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
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Promoted to active roster
RBNew Orleans Saints
September 8, 2018
Williams is being promoted from the Saints' practice squad to active roster Saturday, Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Joining Saints' practice squad
RBFree Agent
September 3, 2018
Williams has signed to the Saints' practice squad, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
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Cut by Saints
RBFree Agent
September 1, 2018
The Saints waived Williams on Saturday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Getting competition from Scott
RBNew Orleans Saints
August 30, 2018
Williams took 16 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, with one catch for seven yards on his only target in Thursday's preseason finale against the Rams.
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