The post-NFL Draft buzz has seen Damien Williams fall out of the spotlight following his Super Bowl heroics as the Kansas City Chiefs were praised tirelessly for using the No. 32 overall pick to select LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Since the former Tigers stud will be entering head coach Andy Reid’s system, it didn’t take long for him to draw comparisons to Brian Westbrook, who shined in Philadelphia when Reid was coaching the Eagles.
However, Chiefs RBs coach Deland McCullough’s latest comments suggest that Williams could have an even bigger role in the offense in 2020.
Chiefs RB coach sees "big jump" for Damien Williams https://t.co/KPH137MzRG
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 5, 2020
“When he shined, he shined at a level that helped us get over a hump in a few games, and obviously helped us in winning the Super Bowl,” McCullough told reporters. “Just listening to the way Damien spoke about himself and the things we’re doing and the things he’s going to do to improve, I think his maturation in this offense is going to be a big jump this year.”
Those comments should scare the living daylights out of opposing defenses. Williams missed five games with rib and knee injuries last season, but played a massive role down the stretch and into the playoffs, during which he rushed 46 times for 196 yards and four touchdowns, and added 11 receptions for 94 yards and two scores through the air.
New story. Yes, the Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire. And yes, Damien Williams is still chasing consistency for a full season. But Williams knows this may be his final chance to be the Chiefs’ featured RB.
On Williams’ plan for a breakout year. https://t.co/8p1YigkfMp
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) July 2, 2020
Competition among teammates often brings out the best in certain players, and it’s apparent that Williams is using the Edwards-Helaire hype as fuel to prove his naysayers wrong, so expect a big year from the underrated Oklahoma product.