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Andre Williams | Running Back

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 230
College: Boston College
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Fourth-round pick Andre Williams worked with the Giants' first-team goal-line offense at Tuesday's opening training camp practice.
He opened camp ahead of Peyton Hillis. Williams is a north-south runner who attacks the hole with authority, making him a natural short-yardage back. Rashad Jennings and David Wilson will earn their keep between the 20s, but Williams vulturing TD chances would be a big blow to Jennings' stock. If Williams secures goal-line duties, he immediately propels himself onto the re-draft radar. We're in the early stages of summer, but it's something to watch closely. Jul 22 - 2:50 PM

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ESPN New York's Dan Graziano said, "Everything I heard about (Giants rookie RB Andre) Williams in spring practices indicated he needed a lot more work."

Williams is a north-south runner that has surprising speed once he breaks into the second level. He leaves a lot to be desired in the passing game, however, and it is likely that aspect of his game that requires the work. Unless he shows aptitude as a pass blocker, he will find playing time hard to come by his rookie year.
Jul 19 - 10:50 AM

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross reportedly assigned Andre Williams a second- to third-round grade before the G-Men selected Williams in the fourth round.

Per beat reporter Jordan Raanan, "at least one person" within the Giants gave Williams a first-round grade. Raanan believes Williams' chances at rookie-year playing time hinge on showing the coaching staff whether he can be an effective pass blocker. It's well known Williams is a poor pass catcher. If he can block, however, the Giants can function offensively with Williams on passing downs.
Jun 16 - 3:31 PM

According to ESPN New York, fourth-round RB Andre Williams has looked like a "chaotic runner" in Giants OTAs.

Per reporter Dan Graziano, there are "lot of arms and elbows flying around" when Williams runs, and he "likely needs to refine his technique." It's not terribly surprising for a mid-round basher. Refinement is the kind of thing OTAs are for.
Jun 5 - 5:09 PM

After a recent visit with Tom Coughlin, ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the fourth-round selection of Andre Williams is a sign the Giants "want to retake the line of scrimmage."

Williams is a downhill, no-nonsense power back in the style of Michael Turner. His weakness is the passing game, where Williams simply can't catch. Mort said his "takeaway" after the Coughlin visit was, "Who says we have to throw to him?" If Williams can pass block, he can stay on the field in passing situations even if the Giants aren't feeding him targets. Turner functioned in that way in Atlanta, Stevan Ridley in New England, and Ryan Grant in Green Bay.
May 22 - 4:19 PM

Giants signed fourth-round RB Andre Williams to a four-year contract.

Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) is a downhill runner with minimal lateral agility. He can be an early-down workhorse at the NFL level, but he doesn't catch passes. Williams drew some Shonn Greene comparisons. He's a worthwhile dynasty prospect as someone who could flirt with double-digit TDs if he tops the depth chart. Our own Patrick Daugherty took Williams at 2.05 in the Rotoworld Dynasty League rookie draft. It's a 14-team league.
May 16 - 1:39 PM

The Giants had a second-round grade on fourth-round RB Andre Williams.

A 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist, Williams led the nation in rushing. "He comes through the line of scrimmage and 22 eyes are looking at him and he still rushes for 2,000 yards," GM Jerry Reese said. "If you get up in a game and you're trying to run the clock out in that four-minute drill at the end, this is the kind of guy that you can give the ball to over and over and over." Williams is a Shonn Greene-esque downhill runner who doesn't catch passes, but is someone to keep an eye on in Dynasty leagues.
May 12 - 2:13 PM

Giants selected Boston College RB Andre Williams with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) was the 2013 Doak Walker Award winner as college football's top running back, setting school records in carries (355) and rushing yards (2,177). He averaged 5.31 YPC on 703 career attempts, scoring 28 touchdowns. Although Williams ran 4.56 with a beastly 10-foot-9 broad jump in Indy, he's more of a grinder on tape, almost like a bigger BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He is a decisive, downhill runner with zero shake and has hands of stone, managing 10 catches across 44 college games and relentlessly dropping passes in Combine drills. Some NFL scouts have compared him to Shonn Greene. Williams is a worthwhile Dynasty prospect with only journeymen Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis ahead of him on the depth chart, and David Wilson's concerning medical situation.
May 10 - 12:45 PM

The National Football Post reports Boston College RB Andre Williams has drawn the most interest from the Patriots, Browns, Steelers, and Jets.

Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) is an early-down bruiser and would make a ton of sense as a LeGarrette Blount replacement in New England. He caught just ten career passes in college. Williams lacks lateral quicks but is a decisive runner who doesn't waste steps. He projects as a mid- to late-round pick.
Apr 18 - 8:55 AM

Boston College RB Andre Williams clocked unofficial forty times of 4.54 and 4.53 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His "official" time turned out as 4.56. The long speed is good for a back who weighed in at just under 6-foot and 230 pounds, though Williams lacks lateral elusiveness and is a two-down banger. He didn't play at all in the B.C. passing game, and frankly cannot catch. Williams projects as a mid- to late-round draft pick. He's a straight-linish, downhill hammerhead.
Feb 23 - 3:47 PM

Boston College RB Andre Williams measured 5-foot-11 3/8 and 230 pounds at Friday's Scouting Combine weigh-in.

Williams was listed at 6-foot, 227 by B.C. The 2013 Doak Walker award winner as the nation's top running back, Williams is an incredibly decisive runner without special tools. But he never wastes steps and projects as an efficient NFL back, especially in short-yardage situations. He's like a souped-up BenJarvus Green-Ellis. We expect Williams to be drafted on the third day in May.
Feb 21 - 1:58 PM