Karlos Williams: In The Zone

Every TD by rookie Karlos Williams.

Karlos Williams In The Zone

Karlos Williams has scored a touchdown in every game that he has appeared in. He is on his way to set an NFL record. Bills fans are believers in this kids talents but many people weren’t prior to the draft. Karlos had a 4th or 5th round draft projection. He had only played running back for two years. Williams has an upright running style and with his size at 6’1″ 230 pounds teams were worried that he would take too many big hits. Runners that have that running style tend to have tight hips and trouble shifting their weight to make quick cuts and moves. He went to Florida State and played safety but then converted to running back his junior year. In his junior year Williams carried the ball 91 times for 730 yds and 11 TDs (sports-reference.com). In his final year at Tallahassee Williams carried it 150 times for 689 yds and 11 TDs. Although he didn’t put up the numbers his senior year he was still seen as a solid prospect but then he got arrested for domestic battery. But that didn’t deter the Bills from taking a chance on him. Doug Whaley loved his aggressive style of running. When you watch college film on him you always see him driving his feet and always moving the pile. Williams fit the scheme that Rex Ryan and Greg Roman were planning on installing in Buffalo so the Bills selected him with the 19th pick in the 5th round. Here are Karlos Williams’ touchdowns so far this year:

Power run to the right. The hole is congested so he bounces it left for the TD.

Power run to the right. The hole is congested so he bounces it left for the TD.

Jet sweep look with Williams running the inside zone.

Jet sweep look with Williams running the inside zone.

Power run to the right withe Richie Incognito pulling. Great vision.

Power run to the right withe Richie Incognito pulling. Great vision.

Williams can catch the ball too. He had 37 catches for 328 yards and 1 TD in college.

Williams can catch the ball too. He had 37 catches for 328 yards and 1 TD in college.

Bread and butter this year; the PIN and PULL play. Roman has adapted his style of rush game to our team.

Bread and butter this year; the PIN and PULL play. Roman has adapted his style of rush game to our team.

Another long run from the PIN and PULL concept. Sweeps wide then plants his foot and accelerates. Richie leading the way as usual.

Another long run from the PIN and PULL concept. Sweeps wide then plants his foot and accelerates. Richie leading the way as usual.

Attacking Demario Davis was the right play-call coming out of the half. Bills put Clay in slot and motion him to catch the defenders attention. He runs a deep post and the Bills bring Williams up the seam right behind him. Williams widens Davis then cuts across his face as Taylor hits him with the pass.

Attacking Demario Davis was the right play-call coming out of the half. Bills put Clay in slot and motion him to catch the defenders attention. He runs a deep post and the Bills bring Williams up the seam right behind him. Williams widens Davis then cuts across his face as Taylor hits him with the pass.

Williams has relieved Shady early this season while he was banged up. But he has also brought a dimension that Shady doesn’t bring, a no nonsense running style. He picks his lane and goes and usually breaks a tackle or two. Williams averages 2.93 yards after contact per attempt according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), that ranks him 11th in that area. One of the most interesting stats that PFF calculates is breakaway percentage. This shows which runners earn the highest percentage of their yardage on big plays. Big plays are 15 yds or more. Karlos ranks 6th overall at 41.1 percent. He sits behind Toddy Gurley, Ryan Matthews, Thomas Rawls, James Starks and Ronnie Hillman. These advanced stats just show how complete of a back he is. He can run with power and speed. As long as Williams can stay healthy he will have an impact in some capacity in just about every game this year.

 

 

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