DeAngelo Williams is no different than any other running back in the NFL. He wants to carry the football. And for the rest of the season he will be doing that for the Steelers. He just wishes the circumstances were different.
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When Le'Veon Bell suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Bengals on Sunday, it put Williams back into the starting role, one he handled the first two games of the season when Bell was suspended and also when he played for the Carolina Panthers.
"It's a double edged sword," said Williams of being the starter now. "The opportunity presented itself because of the situation. It's tough for me to say that I like it. Will I embrace it? Yes. This is a team sport and we have to put wins together to get us to that eight man tournament which is the playoffs and get to our ultimate goal and the Super Bowl.
"I am embracing the opportunity I have been given. I am not saying I like the situation or how it presented itself, but I am going to make the best of it."
Williams made the best of it back in September when he started two games, carrying the ball 41 times for 204 yards in those two contests. That was a time when he was able to show his teammates what he was capable of, something they are well aware of now.
"It's definitely a little different," said Williams. "We know each other from OTAs, minicamp, training camp, preseason and regular season. There is no question mark there now. My message to everyone is the same as when I got here, just relax and enjoy the show."
His teammates have.
"He has done some great things," said tackle Marcus Gilbert. "He is very comfortable with us blocking for him. He has been there before. He is a vet. It's going to be his show now. We will just rally behind him, encourage him, and step it up a notch as an offensive line.
"We have to get a lot better, improve in a lot of areas, we need to keep Ben upright and open up the lanes for DeAngelo. He is a special player."