A former undrafted rookie, Williams has become a crucial part of the Chiefs’ offense this postseason. Instead of Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Le’Veon Bell serving as the lead back, the Chiefs have benefited by giving Williams a fair share of carries.
By continuing his strong performances in the postseason, Williams has used the last few weeks to silence Bayless, the controversial TV voice.
Darrel Williams is having a strong postseason for the Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams has spent the last few weeks trying to join that club. In two playoff games, Williams ran for 130 yards and a touchdown on an even five yards per carry.
Williams also turned five receptions into 25 yards and three first downs.
Williams ran for 78 yards and added another 16 receiving yards in the AFC divisional round, a 22-17 victory over Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. A week later, Williams picked up 52 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a 38-24 win over Josh Allen and the Bills.
Williams also caught the only ball thrown his way and turned it into a 9-yard pickup.
Football fans should know Williams ahead of Super Bowl 55
A rotational running back at LSU, Darrel Williams used a breakout senior season — 820 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 5.7 yards per carry in 2017 — to his advantage.
Kansas City signed Williams as an undrafted rookie in 2018, and he saw limited action both on offense and special teams. Williams ran for 44 yards on 13 carries as a rookie and caught an 11-yard touchdown that December.
Kansas City gave Williams more reps in 2019, and he scored four all-purpose touchdowns on 5.5 yards per touch. Although Williams had two fewer carries in 2020, his yards per rush jumped from 3.4 to 4.3, and he finished the year with 169 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Williams added 18 receptions for 116 yards.
Darrel Williams is using his play to silence Skip Bayless
Darrel Williams is the latest professional athlete who isn’t mincing words with Skip Bayless.
After Williams ran for 78 yards in the AFC divisional game, Bayless took to Twitter and used that performance — one from an undrafted running back — to insult the Browns.
“[Patrick] Mahomes goes out and Cleveland’s D collapses, letting an undrafted RB who ran a 4.7 40 gash them twice. Come on, Myles Garrett.”
Williams responded later that night.
“Well I actually ran a 4.5 but I love the hate,” Williams wrote. “[K]eep up the good work [and] whenever you wanna race just [let me know] @RealSkipBayless.”
Williams is playing at a high level at the right time. He is a free agent after the season and, between his strong postseason and the Chiefs’ other financial commitments, may choose to sign elsewhere.
If Williams earns a significant payday somewhere, don’t be surprised if he sends Bayless another message in the process.