If you've been as frustrated by DeAngel…

If you’ve been as frustrated by DeAngelo Williams as I have this season but haven’t quite given up on him yet, the Charlotte Observer offers a couple of reasons to hold out hope that he won’t be a total bust:

Until last week, Carolina’s downfield passing attack had been virtually nonexistent. But quarterback Matt Moore and rookie receivers David Gettis and Brandon LaFell connected on several big plays in a 23-20 win against San Francisco. […] Carolina also could benefit from an upcoming, five-game stretch against teams ranked 15th or lower in the NFL in run defense.

The good news for Williams owners is that backfield mate Jonathan Stewart has been even worse, so there’s little risk that he’ll lose any carries. It’s no use trading him now; you won’t get any kind of value for him. Bench him if you have better options, but keep an eye on the matchups and the performance of Carolina’s passing game, which just needs a little respect to open things up on the ground.