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Damien Williams (born April 3, 1992) is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Damien Williams
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Williams with the Miami Dolphins in 2014
No. 26 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 27)
San Diego, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Mira Mesa
(San Diego, California)
College:Oklahoma
Undrafted:2014
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:733
Rushing average:4.0
Rushing touchdowns:7
Receptions:108
Receiving yards:893
Receiving touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Williams attended his freshman year and played varsity at El Cajon Valley High School.[1] Over the next three years, he played high school football at Mira Mesa Senior High School.[2]

College careerEdit

Williams played college football at Arizona Western College before transferring to the University of Oklahoma in 2012.[3] In November 2013, he was dismissed from Oklahoma after violating team rules.[4] In two seasons with the Sooners, he rushed for 1,499 yards with 18 touchdowns.[5][6]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Damien Williams Rushing Receiving
Year School Pos G Rush Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Oklahoma RB 13 176 946 5.4 11 34 320 9.4 1
2013 Oklahoma RB 9 114 553 4.9 7 9 90 10.0 0

Professional careerEdit

Miami DolphinsEdit

Williams was signed by the Miami Dolphins after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.[7]

Williams made his NFL debut in the 2014 season opener against the New England Patriots. He had one kick return for 19 yards in the 33–20 victory.[8] In the next game, a 29–10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, he had five carries for 19 yards.[9] In Week 16, against the Minnesota Vikings, he had six receptions for 50 yards and his first professional touchdown.[10] Overall, he finished the 2014 season with 36 carries for 122 yards and 21 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown.[11]

In Week 2 of the 2015 season, in a 23–20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Williams had a receiving touchdown.[12] He finished the 2015 season with 21 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown.[13]

In 2016, Williams played in 15 games, rushing for 115 yards and three touchdowns while recording 23 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns.[14] The Dolphins made the playoffs and faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round. In the 30–12 defeat, he had a four-yard receiving touchdown.[15]

Set to be a restricted free agent in 2017, the Dolphins tendered Williams at the lowest level. After reportedly wanting a larger contract than the $1.797 million tender for 2017, he officially signed the tender on May 11, 2017.[16]

Williams entered the 2017 season second on the Dolphins running back depth chart behind Jay Ajayi. After Ajayi was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, Williams was named the starting running back ahead of Kenyan Drake.[17] He started four games before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 12. He was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, and was expected to be out 2 to 3 weeks.[18] He ended up missing the rest of the season as Kenyan Drake emerged as a key contributor for the Dolphins, starting the final six games with two 100 rushing-yard games. He finished the season with 181 rushing yards and 20 receptions for 155 yards and a receiving touchdown.[19]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Williams signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 22, 2018.[20] His role on the team's increased after the release of former starter, Kareem Hunt. On December 27, 2018, the Chiefs signed Williams to a two-year, $8.1 million contract extension.[21] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 256 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 23 receptions, 160 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.[22] He was called upon in the playoffs as the Chiefs' feature back. In the Divisional Round victory over the Indianapolis Colts, he had 129 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with five receptions for 25 receiving yards.[23] In the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots, he had 30 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, five receptions, 66 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns in the 37–31 overtime loss.[24]

Professional statisticsEdit

Career Rushing Receiving
Year Tm G GS Rush Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
2014 MIA 16 0 36 122 0 19 3.4 7.6 2.3 27 21 187 8.9 1 32 1.3 11.7
2015 MIA 16 0 16 59 0 19 3.7 3.7 1.0 28 21 142 6.8 1 23 1.3 8.9
2016 MIA 15 0 35 115 3 23 3.3 7.7 2.3 32 23 249 10.8 3 58 1.5 16.6
2017 MIA 11 4 46 181 0 69 3.9 16.5 4.2 28 20 155 7.8 1 24 1.8 14.1
2018 KC 16 3 50 256 4 25 5.1 16.0 3.1 24 23 160 7.0 2 32 1.4 10.0
Total 74 7 183 733 7 69 4.0 2.5 2.5 139 108 893 12.1 8 58 1.5 12.1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Damien Williams' High School Timeline". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Brand, Steve. "Mother's sacrifice paves the way for Mira Mesa's record-setting RB". San Diego Union–Tribune. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "RB Damien Williams takes U-turn to Oklahoma".
  4. ^ "RB Damien Williams dismissed from Oklahoma".
  5. ^ "Damien Williams 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Damien Williams 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Miami Dolphins sign Oklahoma tailback Damien Williams".
  8. ^ "New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - September 7th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills - September 14th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins - December 21st, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Damien Williams 2014 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - September 20th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Damien Williams 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Damien Williams 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Wild Card - Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers - January 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Alper, Josh (May 11, 2017). "Damien Williams signs RFA tender". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  17. ^ "Miami Dolphins Depth Chart (11/01/2017)". OurLads.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Dolphins' Damien Williams: Likely out 2-to-3 weeks". CBSSports.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  19. ^ "Damien Williams 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Chiefs reach deal with ex-Dolphins RB Damien Williams". ESPN.com.
  21. ^ Teicher, Adam (December 27, 2018). "Damien Williams gets extension from Chiefs after filling in for Kareem Hunt". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Damien Williams 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  23. ^ "Divisional Round - Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs - January 12th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  24. ^ "AFC Championship - New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs - January 20th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.

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