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#34 RB | 5'9", 215 lbs. | Carolina
Birth Date:April 25, 1983 (30 years old) Place of Birth:Little Rock, AR Hometown:Wynne, AR College:Memphis
Drafted:Drafted by Carolina in 2006 (1/27).
Drafted:Drafted by Carolina in 2006 (1/27).
|Assets:||A nice mix of speed, elusiveness, patience, and creativity in the open field. Exploits small openings with great cuts and can be gone in a step. A good receiver. Brings a lot of big-play ability and can carry his team when he gets on a roll.|
|Flaws:||Plays like a Pro Bowler some games and disappears in others. Not a power back and will go down fairly easily on contact. Undersized, and has some durability concerns.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but stellar tailback.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2009|
Movements & Injuries
|7/29/2011||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Carolina Panthers to a five-year contract.|
|7/25/2011||Declared free agent.|
|3/02/2011||Contract tendered by the Carolina Panthers.|
|11/17/2010||Foot injury, injured reserve.|
|11/12/2010||Foot injury, out.|
|10/11/2006||Ankle injury, out.|
|7/27/2006||Signed by the Carolina Panthers to a five-year contract.|
|4/29/2006||Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 1st round (27th overall) in 2006.|
DeAngelo Williams minimized in playoff loss | 01/12/2014 4:22 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams managed 13 yards on five rushes in Carolina's playoff loss to San Francisco.
ImpactThe Panthers let Cam Newton be their Divisional Round centerpiece on offense, running him frequently out of read-option looks and letting Cam air it out. Williams was the primary tailback throughout, but not an emphasized part of OC Mike Shula's game plan. In the 2013 offseason, Williams signed a three-year deal that essentially locks him onto Carolina's 2014 roster. Although he's lost big-play ability and devolved into more of a late-career grinder, Williams will enter training camp as the favorite to start in Week 1. He turns 31 in April.
DeAngelo Williams nearly costs CAR w/ fumble | 12/29/2013 4:21 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 10 times for 33 yards and caught two passes for 75 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Atlanta.
ImpactWith Jonathan Stewart inactive, Williams got 12 touches compared to 10 for Mike Tolbert. He nearly cost his team a win by fumbling at the end of a long screen pass, giving Atlanta late life. Williams heads into the playoffs as a strict committee back, the same spot he's been in for the last three years. Despite all of Stewart's injury woes, D-Will ends the regular season with 201 carries for 843 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 26 catches for 333 yards and one more score. He'll be a weak pick in fantasy playoff drafts.
DeAngelo Williams goes 12/67/1 in win | 12/22/2013 5:09 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 12 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 16 win over the Saints.
ImpactD-Will was held without a gain on his lone reception. Williams was a major factor in the first half, but went invisible after the break as the rains came and the Panthers went into a shell. Just 11 of Williams' 67 yards came in the second half. Williams had success both around the edge and up the middle. He'll be an excellent daily-league option in Week 17 against the Falcons' porous defense.
DeAngelo Williams held to 53 yards | 12/08/2013 11:57 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams had 13 carries for 53 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Saints.
ImpactWilliams started and got the majority of snaps in the first half, but struggled to get anything going and had a long run of just nine yards. Even with the Panthers playing from behind for most of the night, he finished with only one catch for 11 yards and wasn't a factor in the passing game. Jonathan Stewart suffered a knee injury in the third quarter, so Williams is a candidate for an expanded workload in Week 15. He'll be on the low-end RB2 radar in a tough matchup against the Jets.
DeAngelo Williams officially active vs Saints | 12/08/2013 7:06 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) is active for Sunday night's Week 14 game against the Saints.
ImpactWilliams was held out last week due to his quad injury, but his status was for Sunday night's game was never in doubt. He's expected to get the start and be used in a committee with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, leaving all three with limited upside. Inactive for the Panthers are RB Kenjon Barner, CB Josh Norman, LB Jordan Senn, WR Marvin McNutt, OL Chris Scott, WR Tavarres King, and DE Frank Alexander.
DeAngelo Williams (quad) will start on SNF | 12/08/2013 12:14 PM
NewsCoach Ron Rivera said DeAngelo Williams (quad) will start Sunday night's game against the Saints.
Ed Werder on Twitter
DeAngelo Williams listed as probable | 12/06/2013 2:27 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) is listed as probable for Week 14.
ImpactCarolina's three-headed backfield will be intact against New Orleans.
DeAngelo Williams at practice again | 12/05/2013 12:05 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) is practicing again Thursday.
Panthers on Twitter
ImpactWilliams will almost certainly be back to reclaim his role in the Panthers' three-headed running back committee. None of the trio will be strong fantasy plays at New Orleans on Sunday night.
DeAngelo Williams (quad) back at practice | 12/04/2013 1:04 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) returned to practice Wednesday.
Steve Reed on Twitter
ImpactAs expected. Williams didn't practice at all last week and was inactive for Week 13 against the Bucs. This suggests it wasn't a serious injury, and Williams was probably close to playing. He'll reenter the three-headed committee that is the Carolina backfield. Williams is merely a desperation flex play.
DeAngelo expected back at practice Wednesday | 12/02/2013 8:21 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) is expected back at practice Wednesday.
ImpactWilliams didn't practice at all last week and was inactive against the Bucs. That led to a season-high 16 touches for Jonathan Stewart as well as 12 for Mike Tolbert. But the quad strain isn't serious, meaning the Panthers will revert back to their value-crushing three-headed monster in Sunday night's showdown against the Saints. Williams, Stewart and Tolbert will all be desperation flex plays only.
Report: DeAngelo Williams is 'very doubtful' | 12/01/2013 9:23 AM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter reports DeAngelo Williams (quad) is "very doubtful" to play Sunday against the Bucs.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactWilliams missed practice every day this week and is listed as questionable on the injury report. Coach Ron Rivera acknowledged on Friday that there was real concern surrounding Williams' Week 13 status. With Williams likely to be sidelined, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will carry the load. Stewart is the favorite to handle early-down duties, while Tolbert will work in on third downs and in goal-line situations. Both are merely flex options.
Panthers concerned about D-Will's quad injury | 11/29/2013 1:18 PM
NewsCoach Ron Rivera acknowledged Friday the Panthers have a "lot of concern" with injured DeAngelo Williams (quad).
Joe Person on Twitter
ImpactRivera said he'll decide on Saturday whether Williams will face Tampa Bay. Williams' injury wasn't even known until Wednesday, but there's a very good chance it'll force him into inactivity against the Buccaneers. If so, the Panthers' three-headed monster backfield would turn into a two-back ordeal with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. Stewart would be the best flex option.
DeAngelo (quad) misses 3rd straight practice | 11/29/2013 11:45 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) remained sidelined at Panthers practice Friday.
Joe Person on Twitter
ImpactWilliams hasn't practiced at all this week and appears to be in danger of missing Sunday's game. He's been starting and leading the Carolina backfield, but the volume -- 8-12 touches -- hasn't been ideal for fantasy purposes. If Williams does indeed sit out, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will carry the load. Neither would be more than a flex play against Tampa Bay's stout run defense.
DeAngelo Williams held out of practice | 11/27/2013 3:31 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) did not practice Wednesday.
ImpactWilliams hasn't appeared on the injury report with his quad issue since Week 9, but it's possible he may have aggravated it in Sunday's win over Miami. Averaging just 33.3 rushing yards over his last four games, Williams won't be more than a low-end FLEX option for Week 13.
DeAngelo rushes for 14 yards in MNF win | 11/19/2013 12:19 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed six times for 14 yards in Carolina's Week 11 victory over the Patriots.
ImpactThere wasn't much running room to be had for the Panthers' stable of running backs. Williams and Mike Tolbert combined for 31 yards on 12 carries, while Jonathan Stewart pitched in ten yards on four totes. Williams tacked on two receptions for 11 yards. Overall, with Stewart returning to the mix last week, it's left this backfield as a fantasy situation to avoid. None of the three are going to see the desired volume to warrant flex consideration. The Panthers travel to Miami next.
DeAngelo Williams gets just eight touches | 11/10/2013 7:52 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed eight times for 46 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 10 win at San Francisco.
ImpactWilliams' touchdown came when the Panthers faked an option right and then handed the ball back going left. From there, DeAngelo flashed form from five years ago as he shed tacklers and squeezed through a tight angle for the end zone. However, Jonathan Stewart ended up with 13 carries and was the man on key fourth-quarter possessions. Williams will be a very dicey flex play against the Patriots next week because there won't be volume in this three-headed monster.
DeAngelo Williams manages just 54 yards | 11/03/2013 4:30 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 13 times for 42 yards in Carolina's Week 9 win over the Falcons.
ImpactHe added two catches for 12 yards. All in all, it was a worst-case scenario day for the Panthers' former lead back, who failed to convert two goal-line chances, and ceded 12 touches to a newly active Jonathan Stewart. Stewart out-gained Williams 65-54. D-Will also watched Mike Tolbert bowl into the end zone following his first failed goal-line attempt. The Panthers' committee is here, and D-Will may not even be the lead back in Week 10 against the 49ers' stout run defense. He'll be a low-end FLEX option going forward.
DeAngelo Williams officially active for Wk 9 | 11/03/2013 11:32 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) is active for Week 9 against the Falcons.
DeAngelo Williams (quad) practices Friday | 11/01/2013 11:42 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) returned to Panthers practice Friday, as expected.
Jonathan Jones on Twitter
ImpactWilliams was held out of practice the last two days, but the Panthers haven't expressed any concern about his status for Sunday's game. With Jonathan Stewart (ankles, PUP) expected to be active and at less than full health, he's facing an uncertain workload. Rotowold ranks Williams as the No. 27 running back for Week 9.
DeAngelo Williams (quad) not practicing Thu. | 10/31/2013 3:22 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) remained out of Panthers practice Thursday, but is expected to return on Friday.
Joseph Person on Twitter
ImpactAccording to the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones, coach Ron Rivera doesn't appear concerned about D-Will's Sunday status. The return of Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is a much bigger worry for Williams' fantasy value, but it's unclear what kind of workload delineation the Panthers have in mind for Week 9. At the moment, Williams is a low-end RB3.
DeAngelo Williams not practicing Wednesday | 10/30/2013 12:45 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams (quad) is not practicing Wednesday.
Joe Person on Twitter
ImpactWilliams played through the quad strain last Thursday night. It was never thought to be a severe pull, so this has the look of a rest day. Owners should be concerned -- and add Mike Tolbert -- if Williams sits out again tomorrow. Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is practicing but remains questionable.
DeAngelo Williams' quad injury not serious | 10/26/2013 3:38 PM
NewsPanthers coach Ron Rivera expects DeAngelo Williams (quad) to play in Week 9 against the Falcons.
ImpactWilliams exited Thursday night's win over the Bucs with a quad injury, though he managed to stay in the game. He could miss practice time next week, but it's just a day to day situation. "As long as there's not a lot of swelling, he'll be ready," Rivera said. "And knowing DeAngelo, he'll want to play."
DeAngelo Williams rushes for 43 yards, TD | 10/24/2013 11:53 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams had eight carries for 43 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's win over the Bucs.
ImpactWilliams was used in a committee with Mike Tolbert and removed on third downs and goal-line situations. His touchdown came from 12 yards out in the third quarter and was his longest run of the night. Williams wasn't involved in the passing game, finishing with one catch for eight yards on three targets. With Jonathan Stewart (ankle) set to return next week, his role in the offense will be scaled back. Williams won't be more than a FLEX option in Week 9.
DeAngelo to keep starting gig over Stewart | 10/23/2013 9:42 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams is expected to remain the Panthers starter even after Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is activated.
ImpactNo surprise here. Williams has been reasonably effective in his age-30 season, rushing 106 times for 434 yards (4.09 YPC) and adding 12 catches for 113 yards. The Panthers have won three of their last four contests, so a major shakeup isn't coming. If Stewart returns in Week 9, he's expected to mix in behind Williams as the lesser part of a three-headed monster along with Mike Tolbert. Still, Williams' carries are going to take a hit. We won't be able to expect 19.6 touches per game anymore.
DeAngelo Williams totals just 59 yards | 10/20/2013 4:30 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 15 times for 40 yards in Carolina's Week 7 win over the Rams, adding one catch for 19 yards.
ImpactD-Will had surprisingly-little success between the tackles against the Rams' sieve-like run defense, only really ever getting anything going when he broke outside. His reception came on a screen. Held to 40 yards or fewer on the ground in two of his past three games, D-Will's yards per carry has slumped to 4.09. He's not giving the Panthers a reason to stick with him as their exclusive lead back upon Jonathan Stewart's (ankles) return. He'll be a FLEX option on Thursday against the Bucs.
DeAngelo Williams gets 22 touches in Wk 6 | 10/13/2013 4:09 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 17 times for 64 yards and caught five passes for 53 yards in Carolina's Week 6 win over Minnesota.
ImpactHe paid dividends for fantasy owners using Williams as a low-end RB2/flex, but was vultured by Mike Tolbert at the goal line and will have to deal with Jonathan Stewart's expected return from PUP in Week 7. There's an arrow pointing down on Williams' fantasy value. Try to sell him high this week, using a cake Week 7 matchup with the Rams as bait.
DeAngelo Williams totals 69 yards in Week 5 | 10/06/2013 7:20 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams managed 39 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for 30 yards in the Panthers' Week 5 loss to Arizona.
ImpactA combination of stout run defense by Arizona and a sizable second-half lead contributed to a clunker for Williams, who is no more than a flex play in fantasy leagues with an arrow pointing down. He gets vultured by the goal line, and Jonathan Stewart is coming back in two weeks. The Panthers face the Vikings next. It'll be fantasy owners' final opportunity to confidently start Williams, assuming they don't sell him off before then.
DeAngelo Williams Chud leaving is the key | 09/25/2013 9:39 AM
NewsDeAngelo Williams said the departure of former OC Rob Chudzinski is the reason he's running well so far this season.
ImpactWilliams hated Chud's shotgun scheme and love that the Panthers are running more of a base offense under new OC Mike Shula. Through three weeks, Williams is third in the NFL in rushing yards (291) and tied for fourth in attempts (62). Of course, he's losing goal-line work to Mike Tolbert/Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is expected back for Week 7. It's a good time to sell high on DeAngelo.
DeAngelo Williams goes for 120 in victory | 09/22/2013 4:10 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 23 times for 120 yards and lost three yards on his lone reception in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Giants.
ImpactWilliams is just a back who gets what's blocked at this stage, but the volume was there and has been there in each of Carolina's first three games. He's a weekly flex play. Williams was vultured at the goal line for two touchdowns against the Giants, the first by Mike Tolbert from two yards out and the second by Cam Newton from three yards away. The Panthers have a Week 4 bye. Williams will be a solid fantasy start in Week 5 at Arizona.
Costly fumble by DeAngelo costs Panthers | 09/08/2013 4:24 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 16 times for 76 yards in Carolina's Week 1 loss to the Seahawks.
ImpactWilliams added 14 yards on three catches, but a brutal late fourth-quarter fumble inside the Seahawks' ten-yard line ultimately cost the Panthers a chance at the win. Carolina never got the ball back. Williams surprisingly had no trouble picking up chunks of yards against the Seahawks' stout defense. He received the bulk of the work with Jonathan Stewart (ankles) out, and OC Mike Shula made it a point to use a more conventional running game. Williams is locked in as the starter for the foreseeable future. The Panthers face the Bills in Week 2.
DeAngelo Williams ready for big workload | 08/28/2013 9:41 AM
NewsThe Charlotte Observer confirms DeAngelo Williams will get the "bulk" of the work while Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is out.
ImpactStewart will start the year on PUP, meaning he'll miss at least the first six weeks. The 30-yaer-old Williams should have tread left on the tires after getting just 415 carries over the last three seasons, but he'll lose some work to Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton is a dominant goal-line back. We wouldn't be overly excited about Williams as much more than a low-end flex play.
DeAngelo averaging 2.4 YPC in preseason | 08/22/2013 9:58 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed for two yards on four carries in the Panthers' third preseason game against the Ravens on Thursday night.
ImpactWilliams saw very limited action in the dress rehearsal, and he wasn't very effective. He played two series and was stuffed for no gain on back-to-back runs on second-and-one and third-and-one. Williams has rushed for 51 yards on 21 carries (2.43 YPC) through three preseason games, and he's unlikely to play next week. Williams is nothing more than a weekly flex option for fantasy purposes.
DeAngelo Williams gets all the work Thursday | 08/15/2013 9:34 PM
NewsDeAngelo Williams rushed 12 times for 39 yards and caught one pass for three yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
ImpactWilliams and the rest of the Panthers' starters played a full half. And as Jonathan Stewart continues to rehab his ankle injuries, Williams was a workhorse. The Panthers exclusively ran a base offense with Cam Newton under center, which does suit the veteran better than the read-option. If Stewart's injuries linger into Week 1, Williams will be a steal at his current eighth-round ADP.
DeAngelo Williams projects as starter for now | 07/25/2013 8:45 AM
NewsThe Charlotte Observer lists DeAngelo Williams as the first-string running back on their pre-camp depth chart.
ImpactNo one knows when Jonathan Stewart (foot) will be ready to practice or if he'll be able to sustain a full workload once the season gets going. That makes Williams a steal at his current ninth- or tenth-round ADP. The Panthers are set to execute more base runs and Williams figures to get a decent chunk of those carries no matter what. Even when the pair were both active last year (nine games), the division of labor was 93 rushes for Stewart and 74 for Williams.
Report: DeAngelo Williams restructures deal | 05/15/2013 8:57 AM
NewsA source tells Yahoo that DeAngelo Williams and the Panthers have agreed to a contract restructure.
ImpactThe deal ensures that Williams will be on the team in 2013 in some kind of timeshare role behind Jonathan Stewart. The restructure saves Carolina $3.2 million off this year's cap without reducing Williams' total compensation, but it does slash his salary drastically in 2014 and 2015. At age 30, he didn't have much of a choice. Williams has fallen behind Stewart over the last two seasons, averaging just 10.2 carries per game.
Teams weren't offering much for DeAngelo | 05/05/2013 12:26 PM
NewsAccording to the Charlotte Observer, the "one or two teams" that called the Panthers about DeAngelo Williams prior to last year's NFL trade deadline "weren't offering much."
ImpactWilliams has a big salary and declining ability, and he turned 30 in April. It's not surprising the Panthers were unable to get anything for him. Rookie GM Dave Gettleman was recently noncommittal on Williams' 2013 roster spot. The Panthers would take a cap hit to release Williams, and probably wouldn't even consider it until they see rookie Kenjon Barner perform well in padded practices.
DeAngelo Williams expected back with Panthers | 02/23/2013 11:40 AM
NewsCiting a source with knowledge of the situation, the Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers plan to keep DeAngelo Williams for 2013.
ImpactCarolina could save $3.4 million in cap space by designating Williams a "post-June 1 cut," but doing so would leave significant "dead money" on their 2014 cap. The Observer's source allows that the Panthers may still pursue a restructuring of Williams' contract. With Williams expected back, Carolina's backfield will remain a timeshare involving DeAngelo, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Tolbert. It'll remain a muddled fantasy situation.
GM doesn't see why team can't keep Williams | 02/21/2013 4:14 PM
NewsWhen asked if the team can keep both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said, "I don't see why not."
Impact"Decisions have to be made," said Gettleman. "There's obviously going to have to be some work done. It's no secret. The bottom line is everybody knows we're over the cap and we've got to get there." Stewart is a lock to stay with the team after restructuring his deal, but Williams will likely be a post-June 1 cut to split up the cap hit between 2013 and 2014.
Rivera won't comment in DeAngelo's status | 02/19/2013 12:19 PM
NewsCoach Ron Rivera declined to comment on the status of potential cap casualty DeAngelo Williams.
Impact"We're going through the whole thing first and foremost before those decisions are made," Rivera said. It's likely a case of a coach not wanting to throw dirt on a player before he's officially buried. The cap-strapped Panthers are widely expected to make Williams a post-June 1 cut and roll with Jonathan Stewart, whose a lock to be back after getting more money added to his guaranteed 2013 base salary.
Panthers can save room by cutting D-Will | 02/14/2013 10:49 AM
NewsUpdating previous items, the Panthers could save $3.4 million in 2013 salary cap space by releasing DeAngelo Williams as a "post-June 1" cut.
ImpactThe drawback is tying up nearly $6 million in "dead money," or unusable salary cap space for 2014. The Panthers are going to be in cap jail next offseason, too. Williams now looks like a sure bet to be released with the post-June 1 designation, however, simply because Carolina's first priority is to get under the 2013 salary cap. They're currently $14 million over it.
Panthers would take cap hit to cut DeAngelo | 02/10/2013 6:29 PM
NewsThe Charlotte Observer confirms that the Panthers would take a salary cap hit to release DeAngelo Williams.
ImpactWilliams has $9.6 million left in prorated signing bonus money, which would all accelerate to 2013 if he were cut or traded. If released, Williams' $4.75 million base salary would come off the books, but the cap hit would be $4.85 million. The Observer suggests designating Williams as a post-June 1 casualty, allowing them to spread that $4.85M hit over the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Carries||23||vs. NYG||Week 3||22|
|Rushing Yards||120||vs. NYG||Week 3||210|
|Rushing TD||1||3 times-last:vs. NO||last:Week 16||2|
|Receptions||5||at Min||Week 6||2|
|Receiving Yards||87||vs. NYJ||Week 15||56|
|Receiving TD||1||vs. NYJ||Week 15||1|
|Total Yards||168||vs. NYJ||Week 15||213|
|Total TD||1||4 times-last:vs. NO||last:Week 16||2|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Rushing Yards||1515||2008 (Car)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||5.5||2008 (Car)|
|Rushing TD||18||2008 (Car)|
|Receiving Yards||333||2013 (Car)|
|Average (Yds/Rec)||9.5||2006 (Car)|
|Receiving TD||2||2 times-last: 2012 (Car)|
|Total Yards||1636||2008 (Car)|
|Total TD||20||2008 (Car)|