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Williams making the most in Chiefs' backfield

Posted: 9:00 AM, Dec 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-22 00:37:36Z
Damien Williams rushed for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Chargers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have always subscribed to the "next man up theory."

When Spencer Ware went down a few weeks back, Damien Williams had no problem picking up the slack.

Something that has come as no surprise to Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

“I’ve kind of known about Damien (Williams) since coming out of Oklahoma. Good kid, very unique football player," Bieniemy said.

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Williams has been a constant presence for the last five games. He's run for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Williams also has 15 receptions for 115 yards and has caught a TD. It's that versatility that caught the eye of the Chiefs when they brought him here to K.C.

"Actually, he did a heck of a job in Miami. Our scouting department has always kept an eye on him and knew all about him. Kid was a talented kid, he is who he is. He’s adjusted well and he’s a part of the team," Bieniemy said.

A former running back himself, Bieniemy knows exactly what he's looking for out of the Chiefs running game, and depth will be the key going into the playoffs.

“Anytime you’re keeping those guys fresh you’re giving them a change of pace it helps. One thing defenses kind of get keyed in on is a certain kind of player. I think what has been unique since we’ve been here, as a staff, we’ve always had a unique bunch," Bieniemy said. "We started with Jamaal (Charles), and it continued with Charcandrick (West) and Spencer (Ware).

"Now you add Damien and young Darrel Williams to the mix, these guys all have something unique to bring to the table. The thing that I’m pleased with is that they all have the same attitude and the same determined mindset to get the job done.”

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