The Denver Broncos have one of the best young running defenders in the NFL at Javonte Williams. As a rookie, Williams burst onto the stage with 1,219 footage. He seems destined to be an elite NFL running again in the near future.
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Broncos RB is predicted to become a big ‘bust’
However, there are some skeptics. Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay predicts Williams will be the Broncos’ “biggest bankruptcy of the 2022 season”.
“While Williams should remain an important cog in Denver’s offense, it’s unlikely he’ll significantly improve in any major statistical category this year,” Kay wrote. “With winger Russell Wilson taking over the reins in the center at Mile High, the Broncos’ passing attack will see an increase in volume. The club haven’t had a capable quarterback since Peyton Manning’s retirement six years ago and could broadcast it more effectively with the nine-time Pro Bowler currently running the show. “
Kay believes Melvin Gordon III’s workload hampers Williams’ statistical potential next season.
“Denver’s decision to retain Melvin Gordon will also affect Williams’ workload,” Katy wrote. “Gordon is gearing up for his third season with the Broncos, having started 16 games for the organization last year while passing 918 yards and eight TDs on 203 carry. He’s also a bouncer with 28 hits at 213 yards and two points. Williams may have sky-high potential, but too many factors are working against him becoming a dominant bell bull back in 2022.”
No, Williams Won’t Be a ‘Bust’
Kay’s logic is understandable. Gordon actually directs a considerable amount of work. Last season, Gordon received 203 carries, placing 15th in the NFL.
Still, Williams still has room for statistical improvement, even if Gordon’s workload remains the same. Last season, Williams averaged 4.4 yards per take. That’s behind some of the elite running backwards in the league. Jonathan Taylor and Nick Chubb each averaged 5.5 yards per take last season.
Additionally, the Broncos were only 15th in the NFL in win percentage last season. Attack should be better this season.
Lloyd Cushenberry III and Quinn Meinerz have both added a year of experience, and former freelance agents Billy Turner and Tom Compton have both proven to be reliable picks throughout their careers. Compton actually led all of the NFL’s offensive tackles in win percentage last season.
Assume the extenuating circumstances are not in Williams’ favor. The Broncos’ offensive play did not improve, and he continued to split with Gordon. There’s no reason to believe he can’t match his production from last season.
If Williams had 1,219 footage this season, would he be a “bustman”? Of course not. The Broncos will be happy to see Williams continue to play at that level.
After the Broncos re-signed Gordon, statistical expectations for Williams next season should be tempered, but calling Williams a bust is a big stretch.
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