The last time the Buffalo Bills faced running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, was in 2005, a 19-3 loss in Raymond James Stadium. In which Williams, pummeled their defense for 128 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
Now the Bills face the daunting task of stopping a man on a mission, Williams who has been derailed due to knee injuries the past two seasons has the attention of Bills safeties Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott after rushing for 7.5 yards per carry, in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Whitner and Scott spoke with Allen Wilson, of Buffalo News.com heaping praise on the once Rookie of the Year.
“He looks like he’s back to the form he was before the injuries,” said Bills strong safety Bryan Scott, who saw plenty of Williams while playing in Atlanta and New Orleans in 2005 and 2006. “He’s a powerful back who runs hard and has great vision and speed. He does thrive on that contact and loves to punish you. So he’s going to be a challenge for our defense.”
“He runs like he has something to prove,” free safety Donte Whitner said. “Those guys are the most dangerous.”
Williams, who’s out to prove he is every bit the player he was in 2005, showed great vision, burst and speed in his re-coming out party. But was it adrenalin that had Williams’ body churning out chunks of yardage in an unbelievable fashion or is he really all the way back from two devastating knee injuries, that robbed him the past two seasons.
It’s too early to tell, but if first impressions mean anything Williams could have more then the Bills taking notice.