PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Out of contour and preparing to serve a four-game suspension, Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams is apologetic when bluntly assessing the fix he’s put himself in.
“I am very disappointed in myself. I put the organization, my teammates, my family in a very terrible situation,” he stated, upon reporting for the start of training camp this weekend.
“I only can learn from my mistakes this offseason and get ready to get back in shape, get ready to play soccer, and just can move forward.”
There is no point looking back in an offseason that went from bad to worse to Williams, who made a substantial contribution to Buffalo’s NFL-leading rushing attack for a rookie last year.
“You can’t change what happened,” he said. “All you can do is work, work , work and get ready to play football.”
He has plenty of time to put into shape. Besides the suspension, Williams isn’t cleared for training and is taking part in conditioning exercises while opening camp around the active/non-football illness list.
The trouble began in June, when concerns were raised by him by showing up obese for a three-day mandatory minicamp. Williams blamed the extra majority on being empathetic to his fiance’ and not wanting her to snack independently during her pregnancy.
Though it was not made clear how overweight Williams was, coach Rex Ryan joked that the participant may be a candidate for Lap-Band operation.
No one was laughing a few weeks when the NFL announced Williams’ four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The 23-year-old Williams chalked it up to being “a young kid, and only making bad choices, not thinking things through.”
Year his stumbles happened as fast as his ascension.
When he was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round out of Florida State Williams was considered a project. At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, he had the blend of speed and size to play back. What he lacked was experience at the position after making the change from safety.
Williams immediately dispelled any queries by becoming the second NFL player to score touchdowns in his first six games — and at a time when rookie LeSean McCoy was hampered by a hamstring injury.
With a powerful running fashion, Williams scored three TDs rushing and another before missing three with a 27, getting.
Then he returned to score two rushing and another getting in his next two matches, and finished with 517 yards rushing, 96 receiving and nine touchdowns (seven rushing and two receiving) in 11 games.
The question is what job Williams will have once he’s eligible to return in Week 5.
General director Doug Whaley supplied no guarantees.
“He’s a young guy and he’s got to realize that everybody that comes into this building or into camp is competing for playing time and cap space,” Whaley said. “He is supporting the 8-ball right now. And I think he’s more disappointed than we are.”
The Adventures have depth at running back, starting with Mike Gillislee, who played a complementary role in closing last season. Buffalo additionally re-signed Boom Herron and additional James Wilder Jr., the son of former Buccaneers fullback James Wilder.
Then there’s fifth-round pick Jonathan Williams, who faces discipline after being detained in Arkansas on a misdemeanor charge of driving while drunk.
Karlos Williams’ primary concern is getting back on the field.
“I can restrain me, and all I could control right now has been in form,” Williams said. “It’s all about showing people, showing my loved ones, showing my friends, the possession, my coaches, my teammates and undoubtedly earning my teammates’ trust”
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