Report | Saints to add Jonathan Williams from Broncos

Aug 31, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker Thurston Armbrister (50) dives to try and tackle Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Williams (31) as he runs the ball at New Era Field. Buffalo beats Detroit 27 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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The New Orleans Saints are on the verge of adding yet another running back to the team’s already strong offense. According to a Tuesday afternoon report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the surging Saints will be signing Jonathan Williams off the Denver Broncos practice squad.

Williams has appeared in 11 games during his short NFL career, all coming in 2016=17 with the Buffalo Bills. He was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round and has 94 rushing yards with one touchdown in 27 attempts — good for a 3.5 yard per carry average. When Buffalo surprisingly released Williams in early September, he was quickly scooped up by the Broncos and stashed on the franchise’s practice squad.

The 23-year-old stayed for all four years at Arkansas, rushing for 2,321 yards on 406 carries with 16 touchdowns over his first three years, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Williams was unable to play during his senior season due to a foot injury.

The Saints are 7-2 on the season, thanks to a seven-game winning streak following the team’s winless 0-2 start. New Orleans currently has one of the best rushing attacks in the league, leading the way with 14 rushing touchdowns and coming in third in both attempts and yards. The Saints’ 4.6 yards per carry ranks fourth in the NFL this season as well.

That comes in large part due to the stellar performance of starter Mark Ingram and his backup Alvin Kamara. Ingram is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has seven touchdowns with 672 rushing yards. Kamara has only carried the ball 64 times but has rushed for 417 yards in all and 6.5 yards per carry with four touchdowns.

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