Shortly before the start of the 2016 season, the Chargers scooped up former New York Giants fourth-round pick Andre Williams after the running back was put on waivers.
The former Boston College product was selected by the Giants with 113th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He quickly burst onto the scene, becoming the first rookie to lead New York in rushing in 15 seasons as he racked up 721 yards and seven scores.
Compactly built at 6-0 and 220 pounds, Williams is a physical running back who seeks out contact and punishes would-be tacklers.
Williams and backfield mate Melvin Gordon are both past winners of the Doak Walker Award, which is annually given to the top running back in college football. Williams won the award following his senior season in 2013, and Gordon claimed the award a year later at Wisconsin.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick (113th overall) by New York Giants, May 10, 2014...signed May 16...waived Sept. 3, 2016...claimed by Chargers, Sept. 4...re-signed with Chargers, April 3, 2017.
2017: Began the season on the practice squad before being activated on Oct. 7…Appeared in eight games and was inactive for another, posting nine carries for 25 yards (2.8 avg.) and two special teams tackles on kickoff coverage…Suffered a season-ending wrist injury and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Made his season debut, contributing on 14 special teams plays…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Appeared in 35th career game…Registered his first special teams tackle of the season on kickoff coverage…Saw action on eight special teams snaps….vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Active for his third game of the season, appearing on 14 special teams plays…at New England (Oct. 29): Inactive (healthy scratch)…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Saw action on 19 special teams snaps…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Made his first appearance on offense of the season, playing five snaps on offense and 16 on special teams…Totaled two rushing yards on two carries (1.0 avg.)…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Appeared on 13 snaps on special teams…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Played in the 40th game of his career, seeing action on 11 special teams plays…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Appeared on eight snaps on offense and 17 on special teams before suffering a season-ending wrist injury in the fourth quarter…Posted 23 rushing yards on seven attempts (3.3 avg.) and a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage.
2016: Season-highs for carries (18) and yards (87) Jan. 1 vs. Kansas City.
2015: Season-high 43 yards, including season-long 35-yard carry Sept. 20 vs. Atlanta...one-yard touchdown run Sept. 24 vs. Washington.
2014: Led Giants with 217 carries, 721 yards and seven rushing scores...first rookie since 1999 to lead team in rushing yards...NFL debut Sept. 8 at Detroit...first NFL touchdown (1-yard run) Sept. 25 at Washington...three-yard TD run Oct. 5 vs. Atlanta...first
NFL start Oct. 12 at Philadelphia...one-yard TD run Nov. 3 vs. Indianapolis and three-yarder Nov. 9 at Seattle...exploded for 131 yards on 24 carries, including 50-yard TD, for first NFL 100-yard game Dec. 7 at Tennessee...was team’s longest run of season...season-high 26 carries for 110 yards Dec. 21 at St. Louis...became first Giants rookie since 1950 with two 100-yard games in season...one-yard TD run Dec. 28 vs. Eagles.
COLLEGE: Doak Walker Award as nation’s top running back, consensus All-America, unanimous first-team All-ACC and one of six finalists for Heisman Trophy as senior in 2013...also one of five finalists for Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of Year Award...as senior, set ACC record with 355 carries for school-record 2,177 yards, most yards in season by FBS player since 2007 and fifth-most yards ever in FBS history...18 touchdowns in 2013 tied for fourth in ACC history...rushed for school and ACC-record 339 yards against N.C. State Nov. 16, 2013...had 295 yards at New Mexico State Nov. 9...added 263 rush yards vs. both Maryland and Army, including school-record-tying five TDs vs. Cadets...captured 2013 George “Bulger” Lowe Award, given to New England’s best offensive player by Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and earned Harry Agganis Award given to most outstanding senior football player in New England by New England Football Writers Association...finished career with 704 carries for school-record 3,754 yards (11th in ACC history) and 28 touchdowns (third in school annals)...played at Boston College from 2010-13...applied psychology and human development degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. ...Class AAAA first-team all-state as senior at Parkland High in Allentown, Pa. ...played at Harrison High in Kennesaw, Ga., as freshman and sophomore and Parkland as junior and senior