Watch: Karlos Williams impresses in debut

Karlos Williams may have a bigger role with the Bills in 2015 than many people expected.

Karlos Williams made a good first impression with Buffalo Bills fans on Friday night. In his debut, Williams rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 23 yards. The back saw time with all three units in Buffalo’s game and held his own against Carolina’s defense.

Coming out of Florida State, Williams was touted as an aggressive and physical rusher. Bills fans saw a glimpse of this on Friday. Here’s a look at two runs where Williams kept his legs moving despite contact from the Panthers defense.

Pile Pusher

This run came against the Panthers starting defense. Williams is hit by Panthers defenders but he pushes the pile an extra 4 to 5 yards after first contact.

Williams once again gets a carry with Buffalo’s first team offense and on 2nd and 3, the back pushes forward for a four yard gain and a first down.

Moving the chains

The run above wasn’t Williams’ only first down on the ground. Here are two other carries that went for first downs.

With Tyrod Taylor under center, Williams takes a 1st and 10 carry for a 10 yard gain. He shows good burst on the run.

Late in the third quarter, Buffalo gives Williams the ball on third and one. He picks up four yards and another first down.

Williams will be behind LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson on the depth chart during the season, but the team may look to use Williams as a short yardage back or goal line back.

Karlos at the goal line

Williams was given two goal line carries on Friday. The first could have been challenged as he may have crossed the goal line but no challenge flag was thrown. On the next play, Williams plunged his way into the end zone.

Goal line duties could also be part of Williams’ responsibilities as a rookie if he continues to show that he can pick up the tough yards.


Williams also proved to have reliable hands in his first appearance with the Bills.

Taylor does an excellent job of escaping pressure and keeps his eyes down the field. He sees Williams and connects with the back for a first down.

Later in the game, Williams takes a screen pass from E.J. Manuel for a gain of 10 yards.

It was an impressive debut for Williams. He picked up for first downs as a rusher and receiver and was credited with three broken tackles. As the preseason progresses, it’ll be interesting to follow the running back’s progress. One of the biggest issues that rookie running backs have is picking up blitzes to protect their quarterback. If Williams proves to be successful in this aspect, he could have a much bigger role than anyone envisioned when the team drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.

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