We’re used to running backs publicly campaigning for more touches, so DeAngelo Williams’ recent comments to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN are refreshing, not to mention smart.
“I think the front office and coaching staff are single-handedly
prolonging my career and [Jonathan Stewart's] career,” Williams said. “30 is like the new 50 in the NFL, especially when it comes to
Williams realizes that sharing the ball is ultimately good for him.
“We’re each about 220 or 230 carries a year,” Williams said. “I’d
rather have that than 300-plus carries a year. That wears on your legs
and you’re not going to last long doing that.”
There have been reports that the Panthers are looking to extend Williams’ contract and want to continue the two-back approach.
That may not excite fantasy owners but Williams is smartly on board. The two players like working together and know each others strengths. And weaknesses.
Williams should have no problem achieving his goal of not being “one of those tailbacks that’s washed up at 30.”
“It’s going to be close to a 50-50 split no matter what,” Williams said.
“That’s what the coaching staff and the front office wants and it’s
also what Jonathan and I want. It’s good for both of us. We’re at our
best when it’s that way.”