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Mile High Morning: Javonte Williams impresses in first career start


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In his first game as the Broncos' starting running back, rookie Javonte Williams ran wild against the Chiefs.

With Melvin Gordon III sidelined for the Week 13 matchup due to an injury, Williams made the most of his big opportunity. In his first career start, Williams rushed 23 times for 102 yards and added 76 yards and a touchdown through the air for 178 total yards from scrimmage on the night.

Williams, who has become notorious for his highlight-worthy runs, consistently pushed for extra yards vs. Kansas City, often dragging a pile of Chiefs defenders along for the ride. Williams has earned a reputation as one of the toughest backs in the league to bring down, and he showcased that vs. Kansas City with 71 of his rushing yards coming after contact.

Williams also demonstrated his dual-threat ability, contributing to both the rushing and passing attacks. Williams, who led the team in rushing, was the Broncos' second-leading receiver in yards with 76, only one yard shy of team-leader WR Jerry Jeudy (77 yards). Williams did lead the team in receptions vs. the Chiefs with six.

Williams was responsible for Denver's lone TD on the night, which came on a catch-and-run play where Williams strolled into the end zone untouched.

Williams' exceptional game tonight no surprise toHead Coach Vic Fangio, who was asked how impressed he was by Williams' performance following the game.

"Very much so," Fangio said. "But I've been impressed with him since the day he got here."

QB Teddy Bridgewater was also proud of Williams' contributions on offense vs. the Chiefs.

"I was very impressed with Javonte," Bridgewater said. "He did a great job of executing everything we asked of him tonight, whether it was protections, running the ball [or] catching the ball out of the backfield."

After Williams shouldered much of the offensive load vs. Kansas City, Bridgewater wants the rest of the team to step up around him and match his production.

"I'm happy that he had a game like he had tonight," Bridgewater said. "We've got to be better around him — if he's making plays like that, I think we've gotta all elevate our games as well."

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