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DeAngelo Williams: "30 is like the new 50" at running back

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.”

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21 Responses to “DeAngelo Williams: "30 is like the new 50" at running back”
  1. Electrogasm says: Mar 19, 2010 3:32 PM

    AJ, what are you waiting for? You’ve already fleeced the Seahawks, now package that draft pick together with a DE or a WR and grab DeAngelo to address your absence of a quality RB.
    Like LT, he’s a high character guy and can really put up the numbers.

  2. HarrisonHits says: Mar 19, 2010 3:33 PM

    “That may not excite fantasy owners”
    I’m sure making fantasy owners happy is first and foremost in the minds of every GM and coach in the league. Who cares if they lose games as long as the fantasy owners are happy.

  3. SonOfNOLA says: Mar 19, 2010 3:34 PM

    Although I hate our division rivals with a passion, both DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart are a few of my favorite players (fantasy wise)!

  4. robi_boy says: Mar 19, 2010 3:40 PM

    those guys are beasts, thank God the panthers refuse to get any other receiving threats in addition to the real steve smith, they’d be deadly

  5. twinkletoes says: Mar 19, 2010 3:42 PM

    Running backs are the disposable heroes of the league. The days of Walter Payton, Eric Dickerson and Emmitt Smith are over. Especially now that the league is a lot more stringent with testing for ‘roids, it’s gonna be an uphill battle for RBs to recuperate from the wear and tear they endure. They probably deal with the most physical trauma on a week to week basis. It takes a huge toll on the central nervous system. When the body throws in the towel, no amount of can-do attitude is gonna overcome it.

  6. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 19, 2010 3:42 PM

    no diggity doubt
    but i think Jonathan Stewart is a better back

  7. Abe Froeman says: Mar 19, 2010 3:43 PM

    I get paid, and can still walk. Double win.

  8. enderlite says: Mar 19, 2010 3:47 PM

    this article has nothing to do with the Eagles?

  9. FLYBOY says: Mar 19, 2010 3:52 PM

    I heard that Ben Ruthlessonfurburger told the Steelers chearleading squad that he prefers 300 or so touches/yr.

  10. BenRapistberger says: Mar 19, 2010 3:57 PM

    Not a bad concept, depending on the team. But do you really think the Titans would have been 2nd in the league if they had CJ and LenDale White splitting carries 50/50?
    Hell, do you think any team with an AP or CJ would be better off only giving them 50% of the carries?

  11. That's Barrett says: Mar 19, 2010 4:01 PM

    @ twinkletoes
    Please never mention the name Emmitt Smith in the same sentence as Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson again.

  12. bobbyyyd says: Mar 19, 2010 4:09 PM

    Best backs in the league

  13. Douchebaggery says: Mar 19, 2010 4:10 PM

    I wouldn’t say there’s anything particularly ‘new’ about it, but thanks for chiming in.

  14. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 19, 2010 4:12 PM

    Now if Brad Childress could learn this, and keep Adrian Peterson fresh for more of the season…

  15. jwill007 says: Mar 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    Give Bernard Scott more carries in Cincy’s offense! This will reduce the wear and tear on Benson(missed 3 games in 09)….
    Bernard Scott ran for over 2K yards 2 years in a row at Abilene Christian he avg over 4.0 a carry in limited action and is FLAT OUT DEADLY IN SPACE!
    Blame the decision making on Bob PREDICTAKOWSKY who reports DIRECTLY TO MIKE BROWN NOT MARV LEWIS!
    Imagine that……..

  16. TitanPride says: Mar 19, 2010 5:01 PM

    YELLING at people on the internet does NOT help YOUR post. WE can ALL tell you HAVE a MANCRUSH on Bernard Scott WITHOUT the CAPS.

  17. DeeDubb says: Mar 19, 2010 5:28 PM

    It’s nice to see a player with a good attitute about his role for a change. Not only does he have the right mindset but he’s smart enough to know that splitting time with J-Stew is beneficial for his longterm health.

  18. pilot08 says: Mar 19, 2010 7:14 PM

    that’s why yall are 2 of the top 10 backs in the league.

  19. aious says: Mar 19, 2010 9:01 PM

    He is right. His carries get cut, he can last longer years wise, and he will be able to walk/talk in 20 years

  20. The Lord says: Mar 19, 2010 10:16 PM

    This pleases me.

  21. slipkid says: Mar 21, 2010 7:59 PM

    and probly be productive at age 34 too, aious
    RB is a meatgrinder position

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