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Javonte Williams

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RANK: 84


204 FPTS

RANK: 19


22 yrs


5'10'' / 220 lbs


North Carolina

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Doing limited work at OTAs

Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-25

Williams (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's OTA practice, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.

There's no contact at this early stage of the offseason, and Williams presumably will be sitting out once there is. Still, this shows he's making progress in his rehab from ACL and LCL tears suffered Week 4 last year. GM George Paton hinted in March (and again in April) that he wasn't sure about Williams' Week 1 availability, and while that may still be the case, new coach Sean Payton says the Broncos are encouraged by the RB's early progress. Offseason addition Samaje Perine is the obvious candidate to get more work if Williams isn't ready come September, but it looks like open competition otherwise with the Broncos rostering a slew of RBs that have been released by other teams, including Tony Jones, Jacques Patrick and Tyler Badie.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
1 @SEA Outdoor 73° 19.8 6th 1.10-6.043.57436.1030%3001165035%
2 HOU Outdoor 79° 9.5 9th 0.59-10.545.515755.0061%200110048%
3 SF Outdoor 72° 9.0 12th 0.501.544.515583.9043%10032046%
4 @LV Dome 91° 3.7 22nd 0.343.045.510282.8093%1001-1050%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 11 211.50.7928th540.34.451%
Away Outdoor 7 213.70.8616th520.04.449%
Away Dome 2 16.90.6967th200.52.493%
Away Retractable Dome 1 011.10.6537th1110.06.547%

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2021 21 DEN 17 1 205 17th20390344.551%256045%433163
2022 22 DEN 4 4 42 84th4720404.354%70011%16760
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Making steady progress in recovery

Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-13

Broncos head coach Sean Payton believes there's a "good chance" Williams won't be placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

This is the first bit of reported optimism regarding Williams' status to start the 2023 season given general manager George Paton had previously made couched remarks regarding the star running back's availability when August rolls around. The third-year running back saw his 2022 season cut short in Week 4 after tearing his ACL and LCL along with severe bruising in other areas of his knee. Rehab from the season-ending surgery was thought to be a long road, but evidently the 23-year-old has made significant progress over the last couple of months. Samaje Perine would likely have first crack at the starting role if Williams was unable to play Week 1.

Uncertain for Week 1

Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-20

Broncos GM George Paton reiterated Thursday that he isn't sure when Williams (knee) will be ready for games but does know it will be at some point in 2023, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Paton made similar comments in late March, responding, " we won't know that for a while," when a reporter asked him if Williams would be ready for Week 1. The 2021 second-round pick is rehabbing multiple ligament tears in his right knee, including an ACL, and the Broncos don't have much experience in their backfield beyond Williams and new addition Samaje Perine. Paton thus acknowledged the possibility of the team drafting a running back, though Denver's lack of capital (no picks in the first or second round) means anyone they add might not represent serious competition for Williams/Perine.

Making strides in rehab

Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-27

Speaking Monday, Broncos GM George Paton said Williams (knee) is making "great strides" in his rehab, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic.

When asked if Williams will be ready for the start of the 2023 season, Paton said, "We won't know that for a while." The reports and quotes surrounding Williams' rehab from multiple torn ligaments in his right knee, including his ACL, have made it clear that Williams' Week 1 status is definitely up in the air. The Broncos signed veteran Samaje Perine to a two-year, $7.5 million deal in the opening week of free agency, and there are expectations the team will add more to its backfield in the draft. Williams' recovery will continue to be monitored closely this summer.

Could be healthy for start of 2023

Latest Headline: Published 2023-02-28

Broncos general manager George Paton said Tuesday that Williams (knee) is "on track" for the start of 2023, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Despite reports saying Williams could miss a significant portion of the upcoming season, the Broncos appear confident they'll have their dynamic running back in the fold to start 2023, although Paton indicated a plan would be in place if he's not ready for Week 1. Williams tore his ACL and LCL in Week 4 last season and underwent season-ending surgery. He has made some progress in his rehab and is currently able to jog, per Palmer, but he still has plenty of hurdles to clear before he's deemed ready for game action. With Latavius Murray, Mike Boone and Marlon Mack all scheduled for free agency, Denver will need to add depth to its backfield regardless of Williams' progress.

Could miss games in 2023

Latest Headline: Published 2023-02-23

Williams (knee) could be sidelined "well into the 2023 season," according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold.

Williams tore his ACL and LCL in Week 4 of last season and obviously missed the remainder of the year. His injury recovery will be a hot topic leading into training camp and fantasy drafts this summer. With Williams still rehabbing and all three of Latavius Murray, Mike Boone, and Marlon Mack scheduled for free agency, running back is an area of need for the Broncos.

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