Tar Heels in NFL: Williams rushes for 46 yards in season finale; Carter laments frustrating Jets season

By R.L. Bynum

The rookie seasons for running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter had some big highlights but Week 18 wasn’t one of them.

Javonte Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards in Denver’s 28–24 home loss Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Williams finished his rookie season with 903 rushing yards for four touchdowns and 316 reception yards and one touchdown.

Perhaps Williams will become Denver’s feature running back next season under another coach. On Sunday, Denver fired Coach Vic Fangio after the 7–10 season. Williams was only the starter when Melvin Gordon III was out with an injury.


Michael Carter ended his rookie season with nine carries for 19 yards in the New York Jets’ 27–10 road loss Sunday to Buffalo. He finished with 639 rushing yards and 325 reception yards even though he missed three games and played behind a bad offensive line.

The rookie seasons for running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter had some big highlights but Week 18 wasn’t one of them. Javonte Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards in Denver’s 28–24 home loss Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs.
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“I’ve got kind of a bad taste in my mouth after this year,” Carter said after the Jets finished 4–13. “I don’t know if I’ve ever lost this much before. Not to say that it can’t change, because it will.”

Mitchell Trubisky played the last series for the Bills, completing his only pass attempt for 15 yards, then kneeling three times to run the clock out.


In the Chicago Bears’ season-ending 31–17 loss at Minnesota, Robert Quinn recorded a half-sack to push his franchise-record total to 18½, and had one assist.

The Bears activated Dazz Newsome from the practice squad for the game. He returned four punts for 47 yards, with his longest 17 yards. Newsome had one catch on two targets for 13 yards and had a special-teams tackle on a kickoff.


Charlie Heck started at right tackle as the Houston Texans finished a 4–13 season with a 28–25 home loss to the Tennessee Titans.


James Hurst started at left tackle for the New Orleans Saints, who concluded their season at 9–8 with a 30–20 win at Atlanta.


Mack Hollins had no catches on one target in Miami’s season-ending 33–24 victory over New England as the Dolphins finished 9–8.

Giovani Bernard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back
41–17 win vs. Carolina — Not active for game
Season statistics —
12 games, 8 rushes, 58 yards (24 longest); 23 catches, 123 yards, 3 TDs, 1 fumble; 1 kickoff return for 18 yards; 2 punt returns, 7 yards
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Philadelphia, Fox
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Dyami Brown, Washington wide receiver
22–7 win at New York Giants —
Played, no statistics; 20 offensive snaps (34%), 14 special-teams snaps (58%)
Season statistics — 15 games, 12 receptions on 25 targets, 165 yards (13.8 average; longest 48 yards); 1 rush for -4 yards
Season over
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Michael Carter, New York Jets running back
27–10 loss at Buffalo — Started; 9 carries, 19 yards (10 longest); 0 catches on 3 targets
Season statistics — 14 games, 147 carries, 639 yards (4.3 average, longest 55), 4 TDs; 36 receptions on 55 targets, 325 yards (9.0 average; longest 23)Season over
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Myles Dorn, Minnesota Vikings safety
31–17 win vs. Chicago —
1 special-teams tackle, 1 special-teams assist; 17 special-teams snaps (68%)
Season statistics —
2 games, 1 tackle, 1 assist, 1 special-teams tackle, 1 special-teams assist
Season over
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Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end
16–13 OT win at Baltimore —
Not active for the game
Season statistics — 8 games, 12 receptions, 84 yards (7.0 average, longest 19), 1 TD; 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD
Up next — 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Kansas City, NBC
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Charlie Heck, Houston Texans right tackle
28–25 loss vs. Tennessee —
Started at right tackle; 57 offensive snap (100%), 3 special-teams snaps (11%)
Season statistics — 15 games, 13 starts; 766 offensive snaps, 43 special-teams snaps
Season over
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Cole Holcomb, Washington outside linebacker
22–7 win at New York Giants —
Started; 6 tackles, 5 assists; 60 defensive snaps (100%)
Season statistics — 16 games, 83 tackles, 55 assists, 2 tackles for losses, 2 interceptions, 1 TD, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovered fumble
Season over
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Mack Hollins, Miami Dolphins wide receiver
33–24 win vs. New England —
0 catches on 1 target; 7 offensive snaps (10%), 17 special-teams snaps (59%)
Season statistics —17 games, 14 catches, 223 yards (15.9 average, 65 longest), 4 TDs; 5 special-teams tackles; 1 tackle
Season over
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James Hurst, New Orleans Saints tackle
30–20 win at Atlanta —
Started at left tackle; 72 offensive snaps (100%), 7 special-teams snaps (26%)
Season statistics — 14 games, 12 starts; 796 offensive snaps, 59 special-teams snaps
Season over
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Dazz Newsome, Chicago Bears wide receiver
31–17 loss at Minnesota —
1 catch on 2 targets for 13 yards; 4 punt returns for 47 yards (17 longest), 11.8 average; 1 special-teams tackle; 21 offensive snaps (26%), 12 special-teams snaps (48%)
Season statistics — 3 games, 2 catch, 23 yards; 4 punt returns, 47 yards; 1 special-teams tackle
Season over
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Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears outside linebacker
31–17 loss at Minnesota — Started; 0 tackles, 1 assist, ½ sack; 33 defensive snaps (69%)
Season statistics — 16 games, 38 tackles, 11 assists, 18½ sacks, 16 tackles for losses, 11 QB hits, 4 forced fumbles
Season over
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Andre Smith, Buffalo Bills weakside linebacker
27–10 win vs. New York Jets — 1 special-teams assist; 27 special-teams snaps (79%)
Season statistics — 13 games, 4 tackles, 5 assists, 3 special-teams tackles, 5 special-teams assists
Up next —
8:15 Saturday vs. New England, CBS
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M.J. Stewart Jr., Cleveland Browns defensive back
21–16 win vs. Cincinnati —
1 tackle, 2 assists, 1 pass defended; 15 defensive snaps (30%), 22 special-teams snaps (88%)
Season statistics —12 games, 30 tackles, 9 assists, 2 tackles for losses, 1 forced fumble, 4 special-teams tackles, 1 pass breakup; 1 kickoff return, 20 yards
Season over
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Chazz Surratt, Minnesota Vikings weakside linebacker
31–17 win vs. Chicago —
Played, no statistics; 11 special-teams snaps (44%)
Season statistics —
7 games, no statistics
Season over
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Mitchell Trubisky, Buffalo Bills quarterback
27–10 win vs. New York Jets — 1 of 1 for 15 yards passing; 3 carries for -3 yards; 5 offensive snaps (6%)
Season statistics — 6 games; 6 of 8 passing for 43 yards (longest 15), 1 interception; 13 rushes for 24 yards (longest 22)
Up next — 8:15 Saturday vs. New England, CBS
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Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos running back
28–24 loss vs. Kansas City —
12 rushes, 46 yards (15 longest); 2 receptions on 2 targets, 18 yards (11 longest); 30 offensive snaps (56%)
Season statistics —17 games, 203 carries, 903 yards (4.4 average; longest 49 yards), 4 TDs; 43 catches on 53 targets, 316 yards (7.3 average, 42 longest), 1 TD
Season over
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On practice squads
Jake Bargas, Minnesota Vikings fullback
Austin Proehl, Buffalo Bills wide receiver
Antonio Williams, Buffalo Bills running back
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Injured and missed entire season
Jalen Dalton, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle, suffered a triceps injury
Ryan Switzer, Cleveland Browns wide receiver, had ankle surgery Aug. 20
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