The New York Giants have a lot of hope that rookie running back Andre Williams can contribute to the team early on in his career this season, and that means that he’ll have to be crisp in all areas of the game out of the backfield. Well apparently early in training camp, he’s having a problem in one main area, and that’s catching the ball.
According to the training camp report from Jordan Ranaan at NJ.com, Williams once again on Thursday struggled to catch the ball out of the backfield, and given how much he struggled with that aspect of the game this spring, it could be a sincere cause for concern.
Rookie running back Andre Williams didn’t look good catching the ball. This was a concern coming into camp. During a pass-catching drill, the B.C. product completely missed a swing pass out near the right sideline. It appeared he picked up the ball, which was thrown with good pace, rather late.
No one is going to dispute the rushing efforts of Williams, who rushed for 2,000 yards last season at Boston College and earned himself some Heisman votes, but catching the ball effectively is crucial in the new offense being run by Ben McAdoo.
As McAdoo looks to revitalize this offense from where it was last season, he wants to open a lot of things up, and that’s where Williams has to understand that improving in this area of the game is a necessity.
If he doesn’t, then he might not see much playing time during his rookie season.