New York Giants RB Andre Williams fell victim to the sophomore slump last year, but he is looking to rebounding back and proving his worth once again.
In his rookie season back in 2014, Williams rushed 721 yards on 217 carries (averaging 3.3 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns and just one fumble. Last season, however, he struggled mightily. Williams’ yardage fell significantly, rushing only 257 yards on just 88 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per carry. He recorded just one touchdown throughout the 2015 season.
“It was definitely a bit of a drop off from my rookie season, but I feel like that was for a reason,” Williams told CBS New York. “Obviously I didn’t make big enough strides for them to say that I was far enough ahead of anybody to deserve anything more than anybody else was getting. The situation was what it was. I have faith in my ability.”
With former offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo now at the reins of the Giants as head coach, he believes Williams will be able to bounce back.
“Don’t give up on Andre,” McAdoo said back at the Owners’ Meetings in March.
Williams has already put in the work in getting back in shape and proving his capabilities to his team during the offseason. His weight has gone down to about 220 pounds, and his waist has shrunk from a 36 to 32. He attributes this cut down to an offseason workout program, as well as a diet that consists of a lot of soup and Korean barbeque.
“It was just a product of the work I have put in,” the Boston College product told CBS New York. “I did what I needed to do and I like how I feel right now. I feel faster, stronger, more flexible, more explosive than I have ever been. I am going to run with it this year.”
Some might not able to tell the difference by looking at Williams, but he says he can feel it.
“I feel faster, stronger and more flexible and explosive than I’ve ever been,” Williams said.
Williams just might need to be as OTAs and minicamps go on. While he is looking for a bounce-back season, the running back situation is pretty crowded for the Giants. In addition to Williams, Rashad Jennings also returns to the team, as does Orleans Darkwa. Bobby Rainey was acquired by New York from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Giants selected Paul Perkins in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Add in Shane Vereen, and the backfield looks pretty packed.
But Williams is not worried. What Williams is focusing on is showing he can in fact play well, and he wants to do it for his teammates, for his newborn son Barron Xavier, to answer his critics and to ultimately play a key role to get the New York Giants to the Super Bowl.
“I want to be well-rounded,” he said. “I want to do everything. I don’t want anyone saying I can’t do something.”
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