Insider Report: Kerwynn Williams
The recent success of running back Kerwynn Williams, a second-year player who bounced around the league in his rookie season, should come as a pleasant surprise. Brad Wilbricht, Scout.com’s publisher over at CardinalFootballTalk.com, shared his insights on the Arizona’s backfield.
Both fantasy owners and Cardinals fans spent the larger part of this season wincing each time Arizona’s RB1 Andre Ellington lowered a shoulder and tried to push through a pile. Battling a foot injury since Week 1 until finally giving way to a hip pointer and sports hernia combo in Week 13, the diminutive back did his best to gut it out for the Cards. Despite averaging just 3.3 YPC, head coach Bruce Arians continued to lean on the second year player, handing him the ball close to twenty times per game. Ultimately, however, the volume took it’s toll, opening the door for a stable of backups.
To the surprise of many, rookie Kerwynn Williams has been able to do what Ellington could not. Starting in place of his IR bound teammate, the Utah State product has emerged as the Cardinal’s most effective RB. Since Week 14 he’s faced two formidable defenses in Kansas City and St. Louis and still managed to accumulate 175 rushing yards on thirty four carries, which gives him a 5.1 overall YPC average. To better understand the newcomer and what fantasy owners might expect from him, I turned to Scout’s own Brad Wilbricht.
The CardinalFootballTalk.com publisher doesn’t believe there’s any “magic formula behind Williams’ recent success…