DeAngelo Williams says he’s “ready to roll” this week

AP

As the Panthers limp along into the second half of the season, they’re getting closer to having their full running game back.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters today that running back DeAngelo Williams said he was “ready to roll,” this week, and expected to play Thursday against the Saints.

That would be a help, since he hasn’t played since a Sept. 28 high ankle sprain, and he missed two games before that with a hamstring strain.

“It’ll be a nice boost,” Rivera said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “When he and Jonathan [Stewart] get rolling and doing the things they do that’s a huge thing for us. That could be a nice shot in the arm.”

Stewart, who missed three games with a knee injury earlier this year, had a season-high 79 yards on 16 carries in yesterday’s 13-9 loss to the Seahawks.

“It will help a lot just to complement Stewart,” offensive coordinator Mike Shula said of having Williams back. “When we’re rushing the ball effectively it’s usually with those two guys.”

Of course, the Panthers offense was at its best this year when Cam Newton wasn’t running as much, as they bogged down waiting for him to make a read-option play yesterday.

11 responses to “DeAngelo Williams says he’s “ready to roll” this week

  1. Stewart tells Williams there may be an opening as he is thinking of moving to QB.

    “Tall, elegantly built RB like me can do that, De, short squatty guys like you can’t….”.

  2. Not quite. The Panthers 2010 O-line was the worst ever assembled in the history of the sport of football – in any era, on any level. This year’s Panthers line has had every key player except Ryan Kalil miss time with injuries. With both of the starting RBs, and hopefully at least 3 of the opening day starters on the line able to play, we should be fine running the ball. Whether we can defend the pass against the Saints is another matter. But if our running game is working, and the D plays anywhere near where they played yesterday, I like our chances on Thursday. Everyone automatically assumed we were going to get beat by at least 30 yesterday, but the defense was spectacular, if only for 59 minutes instead of 60. I still think we can get things right and win the division. At this rate, an 8-7-1 record is all we will need to do that.

  3. They should win easily Thursday as the Saints are coming off of a rout of the Packers in a late game and they have to travel to play after only 3 days, which is either a scheduling snafu or an outright intentional blast at the Saints.

  4. 2nd year in a row we have to play at carolina on a thursday. Not right at all, Saints are playing better. I hope we win but to say this is a definite loss is RIDICULOUS, both teams know each other well and know this is a big game!! No turnovers and we win easy!!

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