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Darrel Williams Being Phased Out of Chiefs Offense

Larry Rupp
It seems that running back Darrel Williams is being phased out of the Kansas City Chiefs' offense.
It seems that running back Darrel Williams is being phased out of the Kansas City Chiefs' offense. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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Coming into the season, no one quite knew what to expect when it came to how the Kansas City Chiefs were going to use first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the offense. However, through four weeks, his touches have increased every game and it seems that running back Darrel Williams is simply being phased out of the offense.

After carrying the ball seven times in Week 1, Williams has seen just three carries in the past three weeks combined and only has 21 total yards. He began the season as a complementary back to Edwards-Helaire, but he has clearly become the backup option moving forward.

Williams is playing an average of 23.5 percent of the offensive snaps each game, but has been used as pass protection or a low-end receiving option most of the time. On the other hand, Edwards-Helaire has impressed so far this season accumulating 304 rushing yards (4.28 yards per carry) and 129 receiving yards through his first four games.

Moving forward this looks to be Edwards-Helaire's backfield and his backfield only. Williams will continue to be used sparingly, but won't see the field that much barring an injury. The Chiefs' have found their workhorse running back and haven't shown any signs of slowing him down.


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