KC Chiefs: Darrel Williams has chance to prove he’s starter material

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) -Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) -Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Darrel Williams has been the KC Chiefs’ main running back in the playoffs so far and he’s impressed in the role.

Not many people would have predicted that Darrel Williams would be the Kansas City Chiefs‘ main running back in Super Bowl LV a few months ago, but that’s the situation we’re looking at right now. It’s not a bad thing either, as Williams has played well during his two games in the playoffs.

The reason Williams is getting a majority of the carries is because Clyde Edwards-Helaire is still recovering from an injury he sustained in Week 15 against the Saints. Edwards-Helaire returned for the AFC Championship Game, but it was Williams who got most of the work.

To this point, Williams has totaled 130 yards and one rushing touchdown along with 25 receiving yards through the Chiefs’ two playoff games. He stepped into a role that hadn’t been producing a ton for the offense and has done well.

Super Bowl LV is Darrel Williams’ chance to prove that he belongs in a starting role moving forward.

The Chiefs drafted Edwards-Helaire with their first-round pick for a reason and it’s because they feel he’s their running back of the future. Damien Williams will be returning to the team after opting out last season and that will give KC four quality options at running back (Darwin Thompson is included in that group).

If Darrel Williams plays well in the Super Bowl, perhaps there’s a chance for them to trade him to an interested team and get a draft pick in exchange. He’s already shown that he can carry the load, as he’s rushed for over 50 yards in both playoff games and has found the end zone once. The Chiefs didn’t rely on him much during the course of the regular season because they had both Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell, but they’ve sure been happy with his production in the postseason.

Playing in a Super Bowl is a dream come true for these players and Williams has a chance to show everyone that he’s capable of being a starting running back. If he pops off a few big runs as Damien Williams did in last year’s Super Bowl, then perhaps there will be some interest in Darrel Williams from other teams this offseason.

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If nothing else, the Chiefs will get to keep him and could slot him behind Edwards-Helaire, giving them a very nice one-two punch in the backfield.