No one likes to see someone else step into his or her shoes and take their job. Especially not when that someone is a running back in the NFL who is used to touching the football 20 times per game. But that is exactly what has happened to Cadillac Williams, who has seen his touches and production drop due to the rise of rookie tailback LeGarrette Blount.
"I am a competitor and I would love to be out there to get more carries and put forth what I can do out there," Williams said. "It is what it is. We're 6-3 and it's just a pleasure seeing the young guys playing good. It's cool. Whenever my number is called I'm going to continue to do all I can do."
After producing just a 2.4 per carry average and no rushing touchdowns through the first half of the season, Williams finally got into the end zone in the Bucs 31-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Williams carried the ball five times for 62 yards (12.4 avg.), including a 45-yard scamper to ice the game for Tampa Bay. He now has 287 rushing yards on 97 carries (3.0 avg.).
"It felt great to be in the open field – just to have that green grass," Williams said. "I feel like I have a lot to offer. I feel I can still do more, but it's team-first with me. I'm going to continue to support these guys and get people ready to play and be a leader on this team. Whenever my number is called I will just try to do my best."
LeGarette Blount is clearly the number-one back now for the Bucs.