RB Cadillac Williams - Free Agent
|5-11, 204||Born: 4-21-1982||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 1, pick 5|
2011 Week 1 vs PHI (19 / 91 / 0 rush, 10 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Williams got all the reps with Jackson out. He looked especially good eluding tacklers on a run up the middle, en route to a very productive day. The Rams used him often as a receiver out of the backfield as well. Williams fought hard for a big (and successful) 4th&1 conversion, and he was also getting goal line carries. If Jackson is out for any time at all, Williams stands to benefit.
2011 Week 2 vs NYG (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Cadillac Williams is the workhorse back as Jackson is injured but was hardly able to produce anything against a stingy NYG rush defense. Williams was met by defenders at the line and occasionally brought down behind the line as the Rams offensive line couldn't block for very long. Williams has little explosion left in his game and was little more than just a check down option in the passing game. Williams made the mistake of not jumping on a live ball that was ruled as a backwards pass by QB Bradford as it was thrown in the flat to Williams. He treated it as an incomplete pass but NYG were able to scoop and score with it as they ran it back. Williams really had little room to work with up front but wasn't dynamic with his carries or a force in the passing game. The Rams didn't give him much redzone work either as they tried to pass it into the endzone.
2011 Week 3 vs BAL (18 / 75 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
I was truly surprised to see Williams have a nice game against the Ravens. You would think that after last weeks Titans game, the Ravens would struggle on defense against Bradford, but absolutely eat up Cadillac. But the opposite actually happened. Williams ran surprisingly hard, and looked as fast as he has in a few years. His knee injuries were so gruesome, that it has perhaps just taken him awhile to get back his old speed and shiftiness. But he looked very solid, showing surprising power, changing directions nicely, and getting positive yardage when it didn't look like any openings were there. Williams is a must add for Jackson owners, though as has been the case with St. Louis RB's for years, the goalline opportunities are few and far between. One can't discount the fact, however, that Baltimore's big lead kept them from focusing on the rungame, which allowed Cadillac to have a solid day. But it was still very impressive and completely unexpected.
2011 Week 6 vs GB (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
With a healthy Jackson, Cadillac is nothing more than a change-of-pace back. But Cadillac doesn't provide the speed that a normal COP back does. Even so, he did have one really nice 13 yard run straight up the middle where he broke a number of tackles and rumbled for a first down.
2011 Week 7 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Williams had two carries and one reception against the Cowboys. Neither of his carries produced much yardage. On his reception, Williams took a screen pass to the right and found space near the sideline to turn upfield. Unfortunately for the Rams, the ball was stripped from his grasp and the Cowboys recovered.
2011 Week 9 vs ARI (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams only came in to give Steven Jackson a breather and even then just three times. He was hit hard and limited to short gains on two of his carries but showed good speed and athleticism on his twelve yard run. If Jackson goes down, Williams can still fill in but it seems as though he won't see much time unless that happens.
2011 Week 14 vs SEA (8 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams seems to get a series every once in a while to spell Steven Jackson ran the ball well and looked serviceable. The majority of his yardage came in garbage time at the end of the game; he did manage to get a carry inside the 2-yard line.
2011 Week 16 vs PIT (9 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams averaged over four yards per carry, but don't be fooled by those numbers. Six of his carries and 38 of his yards came on the last drive of the game that began with 3:14 left and a 27-0 score. St. Louis packed it in and ran out the clock. Pittsburgh's defense had basically done the same.
2011 Week 17 vs SF (7 / 17 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was playing his usual role in the rotation, giving starter RB Steven Jackson an occasional breather until he was pressed into full-time action when Jackson left in the 3rd quarter with an injury. Williams ran with toughness, but is not the explosive, powerful back Jackson is and never really got into a serious rhythm. He did, however, find pay dirt after a pass interference penalty set up the Rams with 1st and goal from the 1 late in the 4th quarter, pulling the Rams to within 7.
2010 Week 1 vs CLE (22 / 75 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
He was on his game. Caddy carried much of the workload and with his receiving yards he came very close to breaking 100 total yards on the day. The Bucs leaned on him especially once they got the lead. There was much talk about Kareem Huggins pushing him but Huggins was nowhere to be seen on Sunday. As long as Cadillac can remain healthy he has a hammerlock on this position. His effectiveness however seems related to where the Bucs were at in this game. When Tampa is losing you won't see as much Caddy. He ran hard but he didn't have a lot of room to run. He grinds the most out of what isn't there is that makes sense. He had a couple nice runs called back on holding penalties. 11 of his 22 carries came in the late 3rd thru 4th quarter so when the Bucs have a lead you can expect to see a lot of Caddy.
2010 Week 2 vs CAR (27 / 51 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Cadillac Williams had a solid if unspectacular day against a stubborn Carolina run defense on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. He is a useful running back, but he lacks the kind of burst and acceleration that used to be his calling card. Despite that, he plays his role in this offense. He rarely produces a negative play and always runs with good patience. He trusts his ability to bounce the play to the outside if necessary, and he was effective on a couple of these carries. Williams has a great knack for finding the cutback lane in traffic, as he showed on a five yard gain in the first quarter. The gain itself wasn't significant in terms of yardage, but he demonstrated some of the qualities that any running back should possess, showing vision, patience and agility. On two occasions in this game, Williams make a nice jump cut in the offensive backfield to make a defender miss and turned a negative play into a positive play. However, at times Williams ran a little too upright and made it easy for defenders to tackle him. He also dropped an inside screen pass, momentarily losing his concentration and thinking about going upfield before securing the ball. Overall, it was a good showing from Williams, who has a very important role in this Tampa Bay offense.
2010 Week 3 vs PIT (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Anytime he was on the field the Steelers expected run and they were ready for it. Cadillac was bottled up for most of the day and based on the short body of work he has done this season really seems to have lost a step or two. He did manage to haul in some receptions to keep him relevant to most fantasy owners but Pittsburgh was going to allow for short passes as long as they could blanket the Bucs' wide receivers. Williams continues to avoid the end zone and was not called upon to run the ball when the Bucs were in scoring position. That went to Blount. The Bucs schedule continues to be difficult in the next few weeks and unless the Bucs are ahead Cadillac's value is diminished quite a bit.
2010 Week 5 vs CIN (11 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He had a nice opening run of about 9 yards and then after that he was bottled up most of the day. He doesn't have the extra gear he had early in his career and the starting RB spot for the Bucs is likely the weakest link for them on offense right now. Cadillac does not hit the holes with much speed or gusto and it's only a matter of time before the Bucs turn the page on Cadillac.
2010 Week 6 vs NO (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)
Might want to change his name to Pontiac because his days of being a frontline Cadillac are behind him. At least when it comes to running the football and he even admits it in off field reports and quotes. He gobbled up a lot of short passes by Freeman and maybe he should move into the slot as the Bucs WR3 where he can do some damage. He just doesn't seem to have that burst you need when you hit the hole when there is a hole to hit. The Bucs OL is back to not run blocking very well.
2010 Week 7 vs STL (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 34 / 1 rec)
Williams started, but was ineffective and gave way to LeGarrette Blount. He still did a lot of damage as a receiver in the two-minute offense, and he should maintain that security blanket role, preserving his value in PPR leagues. Williams headily followed Freeman across the field to get open for the game-winning TD in the final seconds.
2010 Week 8 vs ARI (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Williams was on the field a lot in the base offense in the first half, with little success. He ran tough on his receptions, and produced well in the two-minute drill offense, which seems to be his main role now that LeGarette Blount has emerged. He has bench value in PPR leagues, but it is diminishing.
2010 Week 9 vs ATL (8 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Williams split carried in the backfield with LeGarrette Blount, and finished with eight rushes for 13 yards on the ground and one reception for nine yards on two targets in the passing game. Williams ran hard when called upon, but wasn't able to get much going on the ground. He did a great job in pass protection throughout the game, and helped keep pressure off of Freeman whenever Atlanta brought pressure.
2010 Week 10 vs CAR (5 / 62 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Cadillac was having a quiet game until late in the fourth quarter, when he broke a 45 yard touchdown run that sealed the game for the Buccaneers. On the scoring run, Williams went virtually untouched and outran the Carolina defense on his way to the end zone. To his credit, Williams still runs as hard as he has throughout his career, and should anything happen to Blount, is still capable of producing both on the ground and in the passing game.
2010 Week 11 vs SF (7 / 51 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Williams was used again in his change of pace role, and chipped in nicely with over seven yards per carry on the ground and the Bucs first touchdown of the game. On the scoring play, he took a delayed handoff out of the shotgun and got in for the score from six yards out.
2010 Week 12 vs BAL (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Williams was used to spell LaGarrette Blount and was productive with the limited touches he received. Most of his work came on third downs and in the hurry up offense, and Williams contributed greatly in pass protection, keeping Baltimore rushers off of Josh Freeman.
2010 Week 13 vs ATL (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Williams had a quiet game against the Falcons as he finished with just four touches. He was still used in passing situations to help in protection, but when he wasn't pass blocking had just two receptions.
2010 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Not much threat running the ball but manages to find his way into the passing game. Anytime Tampa Bay needs to throw the ball or is in a must throw situation you can bet that Cadillac is on the field. Little value fantasy wise but he is involved in the offense.
2010 Week 15 vs DET (7 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Cadillac was used sparingly, but ran well when he was given touches. He averaged over five yards per rush on the ground and added 26 yards receiving on two catches.
2010 Week 16 vs SEA (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Williams actually was getting a fair amount of playing time in the early going, but then LeGarrette Blount stepped up his game, which meant that his opportunities dwindled as the game wore on. Cadillac's big run was a 15 yarder, but on a 3rd and 25 play. He was being utilized more as a pass catcher when the score was close, while Blount took most of the ground work.
2010 Week 17 vs NO (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was a complete afterthought and not even a factor in this game. He carried the ball once in short yardage for a first during the first half and while he did remain in the game to block on occasion, he didn't get any more work otherwise.
2009 Week 1 vs DAL (13 / 97 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Welcome back Cadillac! Williams looked as good as he ever has in his career. He ran with an outstanding initial burst, always falling forward and getting yards after contact, and running very hard between the tackles. Caddy ran with efficiency and determination, breaking tackles and bowling over defenders for extra yards at the end of his runs. He also flashed a second gear on his long run. You also have to love the Bucs playcalling of three runs when they got in a goal to go situation early in the game if you're a Caddy owner. He is worth the top waiver wire pickup this week because he is looking so good behind a strong drive-blocking line on a team that loves to run.
2009 Week 2 vs BUF (7 / 9 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 56 / 1 rec)
Caddy rarely had the holes to build up speed and anger to make the same kinds of physical runs he had in his triumphant week 1 return. He made up for it by being very active in the passing game, getting a good amount of targets on swing passes, and converting a TD as a checkdown option when found a soft spot in the zone near the goal line. He had a good gain on a reception called back by penalty, and he also left some yards on the field when he lost feet through a cut in the open field.
2009 Week 3 vs NYG (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Caddy had the honor of converting the first first down by the Bucs forty minutes into the game, and he did show that same burst and tough running style that we saw in the first game, but he didn't make a tackler miss in the open field on a chance to convert an early first down, and spent most of the day in the garage.
2009 Week 4 vs WAS (16 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Williams continues his comeback tour with a strong performance. He was running very hard, once again breaking multiple tackles and consistently getting yards after contact. He made himself a nice outlet target for Johnson, and in the second half, he was basically the whole offense. As long as the Bucs hang close in a game, Williams will have RB2/flex value.
2009 Week 5 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Cadillac Williams could not get rolling at all in Week 5 as the tough Philadelphia Eagles defense crowded the line and challenged Tampa Bay to push them out of the box. The Buccaneer offensive line could not create separation or space for Williams to do much of anything. The Eagles often made first contact with Williams behind the line of scrimmage, and he could not break that initial tackle to get any yards after the hit. He was even the unfortunate victim of a late tackle for loss for a safety. Williams actually was averaging under a yard per carry until he added an eight yard run, his longest of the day. Williams did add three catches but two were for losses and again a meaningless 12-yard catch afforded him some semblance of a positive stat line. Williams will need better blocking for any hope of putting up decent numbers against a weaker run defense at home against the Panthers next week.
2009 Week 6 vs CAR (16 / 77 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cadillac showed good burst at the line, and excellent vision. He broke a tackle and scampered away from the pack for his 20 yard TD on the first series. Later he made a nice block for his scrambling QB to help get the first down. After the first series, the Panthers were able to cut off the running lanes effectively, but Williams came out strong in the second half, powering through for 27 yards on only three carries. He was used as the feature back the whole game, and was only spelled for brief periods.
2009 Week 7 vs NE (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Cadillac found holes early and hit them hard and showed great power and speed. He made a very nice catch from his scrambling QB. He was stuffed a couple of times in the middle part of the game, through no fault of his. Overall, he looked very impressive but his touches are limited when playing from behind because Derrick Ward typically comes in on passing downs. If the Bucs ever had a lead, it might be a different story.
2009 Week 9 vs GB (16 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Bucs got what they've been getting all year from Cadillac. High effort running that produces a lot of yards after contact and makeable down and distances. He didn't get as much red zone work as Ward, but that didn't seem to be by design, as Williams did get red zone work later in the game. The Bucs tried to get him involved in the passing game, but his targets were either off, or Williams had trouble hauling them in. He is running as well as he did in his week 1 comeback game, and with Freeman breathing life into this offense, he could be a fantasy RB2 yet.
2009 Week 10 vs MIA (14 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams ran hard all game and clearly feels 100% confident in his ability to take punishment from the defense. On his longest run of the game, a 14 yard scamper around the end to the left, Williams met two defenders 10 yards down field and barreled through them both for 4 more yards. Williams also had a touchdown on a one yard dive wherein he barely snuck the nose of the ball across the goalline.
2009 Week 11 vs NO (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams put in his typical workmanlike game, always keeping his feet churning and running with as much heart as any back in the league. He is pushing the pile, falling forward, and sacrificing his body for production, not at all playing like a used-up back or a back afraid of injury. Williams did have a major gaffe that caused a Freeman fumble when he missed his blitz pickup assignment, but it didn't seem to affect the amount of work the Bucs gave him for the rest of the game. His value continues to hover in the flex range because of his role, but it won't threaten to go any higher unless the Bucs offense makes big steps in upcoming weeks.
2009 Week 12 vs ATL (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)
Williams is not faltering for lack of effort. He is still running just as hard as he did at the beginning of the year, always falling forward and hurtling his body through holes and at oncoming tacklers. He did find the end zone with a nice route out of the backfield inside the 10 and nice toss from Freeman. He has marginal flex value, but the Bucs offense should continue to improve.
2009 Week 13 vs CAR (17 / 92 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
You have to love that Cadillac gives top effort every week, on every touch. He is running with tons of energy and a downhill style, hurtling his body through the hole. Williams flashed the speed of a younger back with knees that haven't been operated on when he busted a long one down the sidelines, drawing a face mask at the end of the run. He broke arm tackles and pushed the pile anytime he could, but the defense stiffened on Caddy's goal to go carries. He's still a decent flex play while Josh Freeman's game is under construction, and Caddy looks like he has a few good years left in him.
2009 Week 14 vs NYJ (11 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams ran as hard as always, but there was just no holes for him to run through. He was often met at the line of scrimmage, or even in the backfield. It is still impressive that he seems to be as fresh now as he was in week 1 even though he was coming off another major knee surgery.
2009 Week 15 vs SEA (12 / 66 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 22 / 1 rec)
Williams actually carried the bell lest often than Derrick Ward, but ended with the same rushing total. Williams runs hard, and did a nice job getting into the end zone on his short reception. No signs of late season wear and tear, though the time-share seemed to help his productivity a little.
2009 Week 16 vs NO (24 / 129 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
This was the capper to amazing comeback story. Williams ran with the same intensity he had in week 1, and the Saints run defense could not match his energy. He made 3-4 yard gains look routine, and he got stronger as the Saints got weaker. Williams often carried tacklers for the last yard or two, and he also operated as a good outlet receiver on the two-minute drill that got the Bucs on the board. His burst was intact in the fourth quarter, especially on the long TD run that he made look very simple. That stamina carried over into the extra period, when Caddy got all but one touch on the game-winning drive.
2009 Week 17 vs ATL (19 / 40 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
With Derrick Ward out, Cadillac was the only show in town, but it wasn't much of a performance as the Bucs line never got a consistent push against the aggressive Falcons run defense. Williams best gains came on 3rd-and-long draw plays and dump-offs, and he was often met in the backfield. Williams contributed as a receiver and looked very natural catching the ball, but he never got on track running the ball, so the Bucs offense suffered all day. He did have a fumble when he was stripped while held up, struggling for extra yards, but the Bucs recovered.
2008 Week 12 vs DET (16 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cadillac Williams got his first work of the season after being brought off the PUP list last week and got the majority of his work late in the game. On his first play, however, Williams collided with QB Jeff Garcia on a play action attempt, and caused Garcia to lose a fumble that Detroit returned for a touchdown. He finished the game with 16 rushes for 27 yards, and while the numbers aren't huge, it's nice to see him back on the field following the gruesome injury he suffered to his patellar tendon.
2008 Week 13 vs NO (4 / 20 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was thought to be looking for a bigger role but he gave way to Warrick Dunn. Williams contributed in the rushing attack for the Buccaneers and totaled four rushes for 20 yards, including an eight yard rushing touchdown.
2008 Week 14 vs CAR (9 / 22 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Williams split carries with RB Warrick Dunn throughout the game but wasn't that effective, only averaging 2.4 yards per carry. He only had nine yards on five carries in the first half and had 13 yards on four carries in the second half. Williams had the only goal line carry for the Buccaneers in the first half but, he was stuffed from the two yard line. He got another chance near the goal line in the third quarter and made a nice move and powered the ball in from the four yard line for this first touchdown in over year. It would be the Buccaneers only rushing touchdown in the game.
2008 Week 15 vs ATL (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams led Tampa Bay in rushing with 14 rushes for 59 yards and had one reception for no gain on his only target in the passing game. While his numbers weren't huge, he made another step forward in his comeback from injury.
2008 Week 16 vs SD (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams had a quiet 27 yards on just eight carries, with his long gain going for 11. Most of his carries were nondescript, but he nearly scored midway through the first quarter. Williams took a handoff from the two yard line and appeared to get the ball over the goal line for the touchdown. However, officials ruled that he was down at the one yard line. Perhaps because the play resulted in a first down and goal from the one yard line, head coach Jon Gruden opted to not challenge the play. Instead, FB B.J. Askew leapt over the pile and scored on the next play.
2008 Week 17 vs OAK (12 / 78 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Cadillac Williams was on his way to having his best game since returning from the knee injury that sidelined him two seasons ago with 12 rushes for 78 yards and two touchdown rushing, and five receptions for 37 yards receiving, before leaving the game with another apparent knee injury. Before the injury, Williams scored on runs from nine and eight yards out, and was showing signs of his brilliant rookie year before he hurt the knee on a long 28 yard run in the fourth quarter. Williams looked to be in a tremendous amount of pain, and football fans can only hope his injury isn't career threatening.
2007 Week 1 vs SEA (12 / 60 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Williams had a steady first half totaling 56 yards on 11 carries, and showed flashes of his brilliant rookie year. He ran extremely hard, and on one play right before the half seemed to carry the whole Seattle defense on his back for about seven yards as time expired. Unfortunately he was hurt on his next carry early in the third quarter on a hit by Seattle LB Lofa Tatupu. He seemed to get a helmet right to the ribs, and was forced to the locker room. Following the game, there was no word on his injury or his status for next week. Williams caught two passes in the game, one of which he fumbled on Tampa Bay's first possession of the game, turning the ball over to Seattle.
2007 Week 2 vs NO (24 / 61 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams played the game with a flak jacket to protect his bruised ribs, and rewarded owners with a nice game. He finished with 61 yards rushing on 24 attempts, including two rushing scores from one yard out. Williams averaged less than three yards an attempt, but his 24 carries are enough to show owners his ribs are well enough for him to carry the load.
2007 Week 3 vs STL (12 / 46 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Williams ran for just six yards on four attempts in the first half, but came out strong in the second half, shouldering the load on the first drive of the third quarter that he capped off with a seven yard touchdown run. However, Williams did have a fumble that could have been costly for the Buccaneers, and while he did return on the next series, he was on the field for just one play and then did not return for the remainder of the game. He seemed to aggravate his rib injury on the fumble, but his absence in the game seemed to be more of a message being sent by coach Jon Gruden. Williams did catch a pass on his only target of the game for a three yard gain.
2007 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 41 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was having a very good start to the game before he was injured on an 18 yard run. He went down awkwardly on his knee and had to be carted off the field. Early reports are that it's a season ending injury. Prior to leaving the game, Williams carried the ball six times for 41 yards.
2006 Week 1 vs BAL (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
Williams struggled behind an ailing offensive line and could not find any running room against the Ravens. He carried the ball only eight times for 22 yards and had a long run of only seven yards for the game. Williams did show improvement from last year in the passing game, catching five passes for 25 yards on six targets.
2006 Week 2 vs ATL (15 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams could not get going against the Falcons, rushing for only 37 yards on 15 attempts. He is running hard, but with the struggles of the Tampa Bay passing game, Williams seems to be the focal point of the defense, and it is showing. The offensive line struggled to open holes for their talented tailback for the second week in a row. Not only was Williams shut down in the running game, but he got only one target in the passing game. He showed no signs of being bothered by the back spasms that he's been suffering from.
2006 Week 3 vs CAR (19 / 48 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Williams showed no visible signs of pain from his previous back injuries. When holes were available Williams showed the necessary burst to shoot through for solid gains, but they were few due to the game situation. Down 16 points early made it difficult to go back to the run game. His touchdown came on a two play drive. From the 15 yard line after a turnover Tampa Bay gave the ball to Williams for an 11 yard gain followed by his four yard plow straight up the gut into the end zone.
2006 Week 5 vs NO (20 / 111 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Williams finally got something going on the ground, rushing for 111 yards on 20 rushes, for a 5.6 ypc average. He was pulled in goal line situations for the Buccaneers in most of their short yardage packages. Williams did get a shot at a short yardage touchdown, but was hit for a one yard loss on his only attempt from inside the five yard line. It appeared that Cadillac had an extra spring in his step, and his offensive line had improved success in pushing the Saints back and opening up holes for their talented back. Williams was also targeted four times in the passing game, catching three passes for 14 yards.
2006 Week 6 vs CIN (19 / 94 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Williams had a strong outing for the second straight game, rushing for 94 yards on 19 carries, for a 4.9 ypc average. He's starting to show some of the explosion he showed in spurts last year, and seems to be getting more and more help from his offensive line each week. His 38 yard run in the third quarter helped set up the Buccaneers' first offensive touchdown. In the passing game, he was targeted five times, and caught three passes for ten yards.
2006 Week 7 vs PHI (23 / 82 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams took a while to get going, rushing for just 20 yards on ten carries in the first half. He came out of the locker room and helped the Bucs drive down the field for a field goal on their first drive of the game, rushing seven times for 39 yards and chewing up over eight minutes of the third quarter. Williams added 17-59 six more carries in the final period for an additional 23 yards to help Tampa to the victory. He also caught two short passes in the second half for a combined 11 yards.
2006 Week 8 vs NYG (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Williams carried the ball eight times for 20 yards. His longest run was 16 yards but his other seven carries picked up just four yards. In a game where weather conditions meant the team should have relied heavily on the ground game, he was unable to produce anything at all. He was thrown to eight times, pulling in five of them for 34 yards.
2006 Week 9 vs NO (12 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams could not duplicate the strong outing he had in the first meeting with New Orleans, rushing for only 39 yards on 12 carries. Williams and the Buccaneers got down 17 points early, and the running game was an afterthought in Tampa Bay's comeback attempt. To his credit, Williams always seems to run hard, whether he's getting hit behind the line of scrimmage or breaking through the defense. The inexperience in his offensive line could be a reason for the inconsistency in the running game. He is one of Tampa Bay's main weapons and playmakers, and they must figure out how to keep him involved in the game.
2006 Week 10 vs CAR (15 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was not impressive in this game. He carried 15 times for a total of 44 yards but only had three gains over five yards with a high of 11 yards. The line did not open many holes and he was regularly stopped for short gains. Williams fumbled away possession in the second half after running into his own lineman. He did not catch either of the passes thrown his way.
2006 Week 11 vs WAS (27 / 122 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Williams was able to get the running game going, rushing for his second 100 yard effort of the season. Williams finished with 27 carries for 122 yards, and brought some stability and protection to the Tampa Bay offense and QB Bruce Gradkowski. He was also involved in the passing game, catching two balls for 34 yards, both of which resulted in first downs.
2006 Week 12 vs DAL (17 / 78 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams had a solid first half, and he was the main thrust of the offense for Tampa Bay early in the game. With the Buccaneers calling 14 of their first 20 plays as runs, it was clear that Williams was the center of the game plan against Dallas. Williams did not disappoint, as he gathered 67 yards on 14 carries in the first half, including a 22 yard dash in the second quarter. Williams did have trouble moving the chains, as his long of 22 yards was his only carry that also picked up a first down. With Tampa Bay falling behind quickly in the second half, Williams fell out of favor as the Buccaneers were forced to throw. He had just three carries in the third quarter and none in the final period.
2006 Week 13 vs PIT (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
History has shown this season that when Williams does not get 20 carries, he fails to get 80 or more yards while the Buccaneers never fail to lose. True to form, Tampa lost and Williams logged in another disappointing effort with 27 yards on 11 carries. 22 of his yards came in the first half and he only had four carries in the second, despite Tampa Bay being down only 10 points through three quarters. He had a long gain of ten and added 30 receiving yards on dump off passes from QB Bruce Gradkowski, but fumbled twice (one was reversed on a challenge) and sat almost the entire fourth quarter as the team trailed by 17 points. Williams also dropped a pass on third and two for an easy first down pick up.
2006 Week 14 vs ATL (20 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams struggled to find holes in the Atlanta defense, rushing 20 times for just 48 yards. Williams just can't seem to get to the second level and the play of the Buccaneers' quarterbacks and offensive line surely hasn't helped. He also lost a fourth quarter fumble that led to an Atlanta field goal and hurt any comeback chance Tampa Bay had in the game.
2006 Week 15 vs CHI (11 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Williams continued to struggle finding room in the Chicago defensive front, and with the large lead the Bears built, his carries were once again limited. Williams finished with 11 carries for just 26 yards and caught two balls for 12 yards in the passing game.
2005 Week 1 vs MIN (27 / 148 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams came into this game with high expectations, and he lived up to them. He showed an ability to wait for his blockers and grind out four and five yard gains on a consistent basis. He finished with 148 yards rushing, although his stats were padded by a 71 yard touchdown runat the end of the game. He showed toughness and tenacity. He is definitely the main option at running back.
2005 Week 2 vs BUF (24 / 128 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams showed speed, strength, elusiveness and the ability to break tackles. The Bills have a strong defense but Williams shrugged off tackles both high and low. This allowed him to hit the Bills for three rushes over 19 yards. On his touchdown run he was hit at the line and wrapped up by two defenders but twisted and stretched the ball across the goalline. Williams left the game early in the third for a sprained foot but only missed one series. Interestingly, he saw 0 pass targets, but that is what Pittman is for.
2005 Week 3 vs GB (37 / 158 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
With his 158 rushing yard game, Williams broke the record for the most rushing yards over the course of his first three games. Williams played a powerful running game. He carried the football eight times alone for 24 yards during the Buccaneers' first drive. Williams made a great 26 yard carry in the fourth quarter. He had a 12 yard gain called back on a holding penalty against Mike Alstott. Williams was a big part of the Buccaneers' offense when they were running off the clock in the fourth quarter, rushing for 44 yards on seven carries.
2005 Week 4 vs DET (11 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
The Lions were focused on stopping Williams and they were successful in doing so. He gained 12 yards on his first carry up the middle. But at the end of the first half, he had only nine yards on eight carries. Williams had a pass go through his hands late in the second quarter. He added five rushing yards on two carries in the second half, but was taken out of the game after suffering a strained hamstring.
2005 Week 8 vs SF (13 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams rushed for only 20 yards on 13 carries in his first game back from injury. While his foot seemed to be ok, it was tough to tell whether or not his struggles were a result of him not being completely healthy or poor offensive line play, but he could not get to the second level all game long.
2005 Week 9 vs CAR (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Williams did not appear to be slowed by injury in this game, but the Panthers' defense did not give him much room in which to run. He was held to 23 yards on 11 carries as the Buccaneers fell behind and abandoned the run. Williams caught all three balls thrown his way for a total of 25 yards. He fumbled away possession on Tampa's opening drive.
2005 Week 10 vs WAS (10 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams wasn't able to make an impact, rushing for barely two yards per carry and only gaining 20 yards on the day. He didn't hit the hole hard, instead bouncing around behind the line looking for room to run. He seemed to be running cautiously, possibly because of his foot injury. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, he was hit behind the line by Joe Salave'a and fumbled the ball. It was his second fumble lost in as many games. Given the strong performance of Mike Alstott and the improving health of Michael Pittman, Williams' playing time may decrease in the next few games.
2005 Week 11 vs ATL (19 / 116 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Williams hasn't been the same running back fans saw at the beginning of the year since returning from his injury, but he had a very productive day which helped his team pull off a win on a day where the passing game was struggling. He averaged a little over six yards a carry finishing with 116 yards rushing with a nine yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. He was targeted three times and finished with three receptions for 13 yards. The only concern for Williams' owners is that he gives way to Mike Alstott on goal line situations.
2005 Week 12 vs CHI (20 / 84 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Williams had a quiet but effective day rushing for 84 yards and averaging a little over four yards a carry. His longest run was for 17 yards but he was able to get the small yards when his team really needed them. He had a big eight yard run in the fourth quarter to get the Buccaneers on the Chicago two yard line, but Mike Alstott was once again brought in for the touchdown when they were in a goal line situation.
2005 Week 13 vs NO (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Williams ran the ball early and often, and looked strong and skilled nearly every time he touched the football. He made cut after cut, making defenders tackle air, and when he did face contact Williams showed strength in pushing the pile back for a few extra yards. He was effective the entire game, and in fact grew stronger as the game wore on, a fact that seems consistent for him this season. Williams entered Week 13 with an average of 6.6 yards per carry in the fourth quarter, and his longest run of the game came in the final period, a 22 yarder.
2005 Week 14 vs CAR (29 / 112 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams found little room to run on his first few carries. He was hit and dropped at the line off scrimmage on three of his first four carries. However, he exploded through the left side of the line for a 14 yard touchdown run at the conclusion of the second Buccaneers possession. Other than a nice eight yard run Williams had a tough time finding room to run in the first half. The second half was a different story. Williams flashed more of the combination of power and quickness he displayed early in the season. He had an impressive 16 yard run off the left side breaking a tackle and keeping his feet churning for extra yards. He followed this up with a similar ten yard run for a touchdown on the same drive.
2005 Week 15 vs NE (14 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Williams entered the game 76 rushing yards short of 1,000 for his rookie season. However, Cadillac found holes few and far between and was able to muster only 23 yards on 14 carries and a long gain of three yards. Williams will have to wait at least another week to reach the milestone. Tampa tried to persist in giving Williams the ball in order to keep the New England defense honest, but the offensive line was unable to open any big holes for him. He tied a career high with three receptions, but gained only four yards on them. Williams saved a turnover when he recovered a Chris Simms fumble.
2005 Week 16 vs ATL (31 / 150 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Williams started off slowly, rushing for 38 yards in the first half, but came through in the second half and overtime, running for 112 yards on his way to 150 for the game. He also scored on a six yard run with under a minute in overtime that helped Tampa tie the game and send it into overtime. Williams also had one catch for ten yards.
2005 Week 17 vs NO (22 / 81 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams had a solid day on the ground, running for 81 yards on 22 carries