Through three weeks of the regular season only two running backs have more rushing yards than DeAngelo Williams. LeSean McCoy leads the way with 395 and behind him is Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin with 297. Williams sits third with 291 yards. He said he wasn’t even aware until media members informed him. “I don’t keep up with all that” Williams said. “Nah I don’t keep up with none of that. I’m trying to play my role and do my job here. All the stats and all that stuff must be a down year for running backs.” The numbers are vintage Williams: The 291 yards on 62 carries with an average of 4.7 per carry has him on pace for 1255 yards this season as he rests this bye week. That’d be his most since 2008 and more than 500 yards better than what he did last year. What’s the difference? “I’m going to let everybody else figure that out. I know but I’m not going to start anything or push anything out there” Williams said. “I can say this though – different offensive coordinator. I can definitely say that. The last offensive coordinator got rid of his starting running back. So you tell me what the difference is in 2013 versus 2012.” Williams is referring to former Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski who is now in his first year as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns which traded former third overall pick Trent Richardson to the Colts last week. That Williams was disgruntled with Chudzinski last year was an open secret that the running back didn’t address. Williams was benched after five games for Jonathan Stewart and Williams finished the year with 737 yards his lowest total in a full season since 2007.
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Charlotte Observer | Sep 27