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|Coming off a rookie season in which he gained 1,219 total yards and scored seven times while splitting touches with Melvin Gordon, Williams appeared poised to overtake Gordon as the lead back and ascend to RB2 territory entering 2022. Instead, he averaged 84.3 yards per game through three weeks without a touchdown before suffering a torn ACL in Week 4. In terms of timing, that gives the third-year pro a little less than a year between the injury and the 2023 season opener.
It's hard to gauge how quickly someone will bounce back from an injury of that type, and perhaps more crucially it's nearly impossible to determine when they'll return to form. For example, Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins returned from his own torn ACL in Week 3 last year, lasted four games and then missed two additional months following a clean-up procedure. So, while the team has expressed optimism about Williams' recovery, even going as far as saying he could be ready for camp, that very much belongs under the "believe it when you see it" category.
Considering his solid but not elite production and health concerns, Williams belongs in that midrange or low-end RB3 category with the possibility for more.
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