Biggs: Cadillac about to meet his goal
Cadillac Williams is running toward his goal and barring something totally unexpected, he’ll get there Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons in the season finale.
Williams set out this year with one goal in mind, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, play in 16 games this season. He’s almost there, and along the way he has led the team in rushing with 781 yards on 191 carries (4.1 average) and four touchdowns. He’s shared the load with Derrick Ward but proven to be much more efficient than the free-agent pickup.
"All I really wanted to do was play in all 16 games," Williams told Cummings. "That was No. 1 for me. Play in 16 games and come out of the year healthy. That was my priority, and if nothing goes wrong this week, I'll get there."
Williams tore a patellar tendon in his knee for the second time in the season finale last season. That’s what made his focus squarely on being durable.
"I didn't know how much (work) we could give him," coach Raheem Morris said. "We wanted to ease him through the preseason to make sure everything was OK, and (eventually) you're able to give him 15 carries and then 18 carries and then it's like, 'Let's ride this out.'
"I'm sure he's always felt in the back of his mind that he's a 20-carry back. But at the same time I'm sure he had a little bit of doubt and question in his own mind, too, about what he could handle."
Maybe Williams is getting better as he goes along. He had 24 carries for 129 yards in the Bucs’ upset at New Orleans last week.
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