After recording the first 100-yard game of his young career during Denver's Week 9 win over the Cowboys, rookie running back Javonte Williams has been voted NFL Rookie of the Week.
Behind his production, the Broncos' ground game broke out for its most productive game of the season, totaling nearly 200 yards against Dallas in the upset win. Williams' most impressive moment was unquestionably his longest run of the day, a 30-yard gain in which he and guard Quinn Meinerz pushed several Cowboys more than 10 yards downfield before Williams broke free from the mass of defenders.
Williams' 111 rushing yards were the most of any rookie running back and ranked fourth in the NFL in Week 9. That was also the most rushing yards the previously sixth-ranked Dallas rushing defense had given up to a running back all season.
The former UNC Tar Heel also earned similar honors from NFL Network's Peter Schrager on "Good Morning Football."
"The number one player is the guy that had all of our jaws just agape on Sunday," Schrager said. "I have to go with Broncos running back Javonte Williams. Javonte Williams with the upset of the week going into Dallas and doing this against the Dallas Cowboys defense — 30-yard run, unbelievable. But he also had 111 yards on the day. He is now becoming the lightning to the thunder that is Melvin Gordon. The two of these guys are becoming one of the best one-two running back duos in the league."
Williams is the first Broncos rookie to win the weekly award since quarterback Drew Lock in 2019. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was also nominated for the honor in 2020.