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ESPN shares full predictions for Chiefs running back Damien Williams in 2019

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Many assumed the Kansas City Chiefs’ historically explosive offense would suffer after the release of Kareem Hunt. And why not? The star running back followed up a standout debut campaign by further establishing himself as one of the NFL’s most dangerous running and receiving threats over the first 11 games of 2019. If Hunt wasn’t waived as the result of assaulting a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February 2018, there’s a good chance he would have been an All-Pro last season.

But the Chiefs, even contrary to current perceptions, barely missed a beat without Hunt. Five-year veteran Damien Williams filled Kansas City’s void in the backfield, quickly emerging as Andy Reid’s featured back after the team suddenly lost one of its most dynamic playmakers. Williams had 50 carries for 256 yards and four touchdowns last season, adding 23 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. But he was especially effective when it mattered most, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in the Chiefs’ divisional-round playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts, then scoring three times during the team’s heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Damien Williams enters 2019 as Kansas City’s clear-cut No. 1 running back. ESPN is predicting he’ll run for 722 yards and seven touchdowns on 167 carries this season, and catch 48 passes for 402 yards and three scores. Those numbers would be the best of his five-year career by a significant margin, but might actually sell his potential production a bit short given the versatility he showed late last season for football’s most dangerous offense.

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