Kerwynn Williams to replace David Johnson as Cardinals' starting RB

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have figured out what their backfield will look like without David Johnson.

Its crowded.

Kerwynn Williams will start Sundays game at the Indianapolis Colts, coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. Williams will be backed up by Andre Ellington, who will be the Cardinals third-down back. Chris Johnson, who re-signed with Arizona on Tuesday, will get some carries as well.

That much is set. Arians said itll be hard to dress five running backs for games, which leaves Eli Penny and the newly acquired D.J. Foster vying for one active roster spot. Penny will likely be the fourth running back, Arians hinted.

He had three [special-teams] tackles, Arians said of Penny's efforts in the opener against the Lions. So itd be hard to put him on the bench.

Having five running backs available might sound like a congested backfield, but Williams believes it gives all the backs an opportunity they havent had in the past, and provides the Cardinals with five different skill sets to utilize.

Arians said the Cardinals will have a featured back and go running-back-by-committee, all starting with Williams, wholl also return kicks and punts Sunday.

Its definitely exciting, Williams said. It's an opportunity I havent had before. Definitely looking forward to it. Im definitely excited for the opportunity.

Sunday will be Williams first NFL start, and it will come against the team that drafted him in the seventh round in 2013.

Now, with his job status settled, hes filling in for the most prolific running back in the NFL last season in Johnson, who led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage.

All I can be is the best me, Williams said.


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