If we display Damien Williams’ 2019 stat line, you’ll be confused as to why he is on this list. He was 38th in rushing yards and tied 26th in rushing touchdowns. But the story behind those numbers had a lot to do with the hamstring injury he was playing through early on in the season. Once he recovered, Williams was hard to stop.
In the last five games of the regular season that Williams played in, he ran for 391 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Yet it was his play in the postseason that, once again, caught a lot of attention.
Williams rushed for 196 yards off 46 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, plus 4 touchdowns. If you include his receiving numbers, Williams was responsible for 290 yards in the playoffs for the Chiefs. More importantly, Williams scored 6 touchdowns, rushing and receiving, during the playoffs. Williams has scored 10 career postseason touchdowns as a Chief, the most in franchise history. He has 11 career playoff touchdowns, which ties with Hall of Famer Terrell Davis for most from scrimmage in a player’s first six playoff games.
Going into 2020, Williams and first-round draft pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire have the potential to form the league’s best running back duo.