Rookie Power- Karlos Williams
During the 2015 draft the Bills GM Doug Whaley took some heat for drafting 3 Florida State Seminoles. Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams and Nick O’leary. Darby and Karlos have played some great football for this Rex Ryan led team. When Karlos was drafted most thought that he would be a practice squad player or a contributor on special teams. Not many thought he would contribute as much as he has. Whaley also brought in Lesean Mccoy a playmaker at running back. As good as Shady is he is more of a zone runner, preferably with no fullback. The Bills also had Fred Jackson, a rock, a leader and the ultimate pro. The 3rd RB going into the season was Anthony Dixon, he was familiar with Roman’s system and already a key contributor on special teams. Bills fans including myself never thought Karlos had a chance to be the #2 RB and/or log as many snaps as he has (except my buddy Gabe Sirianni) . Well, he has definitely earned his keep. Specifically, in the Roman/Ryan power run game. Williams is the perfect complement to Shady for that reason. Shady isn’t the most patient RB, and he struggled early on in the season running with a FB or a pulling guard. This is where Karlos excels, he is a more patient runner, a typical one cut and go type back. He is patient, sets up his blocks and gets up field. But he does it very smoothly, which is surprising because he is 6’1 230 pounds. He has dealt with a concussion issue the last few weeks but makes his return vs. a team that he had a breakout game against. It’s almost the perfect game for him to return because this is the game that we need to be more physical and overpower the Dolphins under new coach Dan Campbell. So lets take a quick look at the touchdown Williams had in week 3 that sealed the deal versus the Fins.
2nd and 7
Left hash, Dolphins 41yd line
4th Quarter 7:38
Score: Buf 34-14
Greg Roman and this offense was on their game in week 3. Karlos Williams led the Bills in rushing with 12 carries for 110 yds and 1 TD. Most of his runs came on the power run play. The Bills controlled the line of scrimmage which was a pleasant surprise. I have been pretty critical of this offensive line especially the right side, but Urbik and Henderson played pretty well versus some very good DL talent of the Dolphins. RG Miller is expected back today so I expect the Bills to try and control the LOS and pound the rock with Shady and the rookie Williams in this game.
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