There is only so much you can take out of an NFL preseason game. Even so, they are still usually subject to scrutiny and over analysis. So, why break that trend?
The New York Giants opened up their 2014 preseason against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night in the annual Hall of Fame Game. The Giants won 17-13 and rookie running back Andre Williams was one of New York’s standouts on offense.
Williams rushed the ball seven times for 48 yards. He capped of New York’s third drive (their final drive with their starters) with a three-yard touchdown run after he had been the workhorse for most of the drive. True, it was against Buffalo’s second-team defense, but it was still impressive for the rookie.
The Giants drafted Williams out Boston College in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. As a senior, Williams led the NCAA in rushing and was a Heisman finalist. Many experts immediately saw the pick as a steal when the Giants picked him up in the fourth.
Williams has a complete skill-set, fully equipped with the combination of power and speed. He is a bowling ball-type of runner who always keeps his feet moving. He can get to the outside and also squeeze his way through the tackles. Defenders will have to respect his elusiveness and also be ready for him to deliver his own shot.
Rashad Jennings will be New York’s starter going into the regular season. He had a nice game on Sunday night as well, showing off his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make things happen in space.
Williams could use this preseason to cement himself as the No. 2 running back and earn some serious playing time during the regular season. It was just the first game of New York’s extended preseason, but it was a solid start for the rookie back.