The Pittsburgh Steelers never panicked when they got word that starting RB Le’Veon Bell would miss four games due to a suspension. There was no need to throw a hissy fit or call every big free agent running back agents and find the best possible replacement, he was already in the locker room.
In 2015, with Bell out 10 games, Williams filled in with 907 yards on 200 carries with 11 rushing TDs. Williams also added 40 reception for 367 yards, all done in 16 games, but in 10 starts. There’s no need to be surprised as to what he can do, remember, he is the Carolina Panthers All-Time leading rusher.
In case anyone in the NFL forgot that he was once a part of “Double Trouble”, Williams put on an “allow me to reintroduce myself” demonstration against the Redskins defense. Williams rushed for 143 yards on 23 carries for two TDs. This is the production you expect from Adrian Peterson or Bell, but not the oldest RB in the NFL.
In a league where RBs fade in obscurity at the age of 30, Williams has found the fountain of youth in his later stages. Monday night he showed, not just how dangerous he can be but how dangerous the Steelers offense can be this season. This is without Bell, one of the league’s best runner, now add the two of them together and the Steelers have the best offense in the NFL, easily.
The Redskins rush defense seemed out of sync the entire game as Williams went off-tackle, through A-gap and anywhere else he wanted to go. The most impressive runs came when he went straight up the gut against younger, bigger and stronger defenders and it still took 3-4 of them to bring him down. That was a veteran playing, not willing to let his team down when his number was called. He ran with a purpose, but to most fans watching, they were shocked.
The first game of the season or last game, Williams suits up to do his job. Monday night he punched in, then proceeded to turn back the clock on the Redskins.