Andre Williams has the 'it' factor

Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams finds himself in a crowded backfield with veteran Rashad Jennings and David Wilson on the New York Giants. With stiff competition along the depth chart, the former Boston College standout is ready to take the bull by the horns in the Big Apple.

Andre Williams has ‘it'—that undefinable characteristic and presence which transcends pure skill and showcases itself in all situations. In this case, the ‘it' Andre Williams possesses is humbleness.

There were no outlandish or bold statements declaring his excellence during his first experience with the Giants, but instead, a reserved, respectable confidence.

A Heisman trophy finalist last season converted to a backup role this season could potentially spell disaster, but for Williams, this isn't even an afterthought. He understands he will be defined by the here and now.

"I think the opportunity is just to come in and compete and get better," noted the Giants rookie. "Being around the guys in my circle, the running back group, and the whole offense as a whole, everybody's really together, there's a good feeling in the locker room about the offense. I think it's just an opportunity to compete and get better."

Fundamentals and constant repetition is something Williams knows is essential to his development, and his impact this season.

"I think once you get the fundamentals down once the pads come on and you've been repping it so much, and the way they build it up in phase one, two and three, and you build towards the pads, it kind of just falls into place," said the rookie ballcarrier.

They say home is where the heart is, and Williams says being home is the main reason why joining the Giants is the "perfect fit."

"Because my family is all around here," noted Williams. "I grew up in New Jersey, I live in Pennsylvania now so I'm about an hour and forty-five away. I'm coming back home."

As for his transition to the NFL, Williams says his football responsibilities in college are similar to those in the NFL, but must be done to a higher standard.

"I don't think the responsibilities are that much different," said Williams of the jump to the pro level. "I know I'm going to have to be a lot cleaner in terms of pass blocking fundamentals but I'm using a lot of the same protections now that I used in years past."

With that said, Williams acknowledges the immense differences between college football and the NFL, and knows he has much work to do.

"College football and professional football are two completely different games," admitted the former Golden Eagle star. "It's a lot faster, a lot more physical, so I'm just coming in with a blank slate and looking to see how my game is going to develop from here."

As for his role on the Giants, Williams says it is a wait and see process, and he must focus only on what he can control.

"I can't really say how they're going to build that three-headed monster," noted Williams. "I'm not really too sure yet, I'm just getting here and learning as much as I can, but I think that each running back brings a lot of different specialties to the table and I'm just excited to see what we'll be able to do on the field."

Though competition often breeds contempt, in this case, the running backs have looked to each other for advice. Williams specifically credits Rashad Jennings for showing him the expectations of the NFL.

"I really like Rashad, he's got a real welcoming personality and there are a lot of things that I'm learning from him but I'm really just trying to get the plays down now and really understand the offense," stated the first year pro.

Humble, coachable, and confident: Williams may be a three headed monster all on his own.


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