In 2015, the Buffalo Bills finished first in the NFL in rushing. One reason the Bills were so effective on the ground was due to the fact that there wasn’t much of a drop-off when LeSean McCoy was off the field. McCoy’s backup, Karlos Williams, was outstanding in his rookie season.
Williams’ first season in the NFL saw him average 5.6 yards per carry. The back recorded 517 yards and seven touchdowns on just 93 attempts in his rookie season. In four games, Williams averaged nine yards or more with Buffalo and he was a touchdown machine. Williams scored a touchdown in his first six games and finished the year with nine total touchdowns in 11 total games.
Despite missing five games, Williams made a big impact in Buffalo and established himself quickly in the NFL. Considering this, it’s no surprise that Maurice Jones-Drew named Williams as one of the NFL’s top three backup running backs.
McCoy will remain Buffalo’s lead back in 2016, but it’s very likely that Williams sees his role increase in his second season. After an excellent rookie campaign, Williams is just getting started in the NFL.
You can watch the video of MJD discussing Williams here: Karlos Williams among the NFL’s top three backup running backs.null