Recently signed running back Andre Williams is ready to help upstart the San Diego Chargers’ running game.
Williams signed with the Chargers after being cut by the New York Giants. He rushed for 978 yards in two seasons with Big Blue. The running back out of Boston College expressed to the Chargers’ official website that he’s thrilled about his new opportunity.
“It feels really good to be a Charger,” Williams said. “I’m very happy, flattered and honored that this team claimed me off waivers. That they thought that much of me that they want me to be part of their team. I want to contribute, so first I need to learn what I have to do in order to perform on the field. Right now that means learning the playbook.”
The acquisition of Williams comes after the Bolts lost versatile back Branden Oliver to a torn Achilles. San Diego needed another running back to spell Melvin Gordon, as Danny Woodhead is more of a third-down running back and thrives as a pass catcher.
With Gordon, Williams and Woodhead San Diego has a solid combination of speed, power and elusiveness at the running back position. Williams believes he’ll bring a mixture to the table.
“I don’t shy away from contact. I have a unique combination of speed and size. You watch the film, that’s what you’ll see. I’m not going to define my role. I am going to let the coaching staff define it. My focus is to show them what my abilities are. How they choose to use me after that is up to them, but I feel I can be very productive in all phases of the game.”
San Diego’s running game will be paramount to the team’s success. Gordon looked more comfortable carrying the football during the preseason. The team hopes Gordon’s preseason success will translate into the regular season. Williams’ addition and confidence should only help the team’s running game.