New Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is saying all of the right things just hours after signing a two-year contract with the team.
Williams, had a great answer when asked Friday evening if he had discussions with the Steelers coaching staff about what his role will be in 2015.
“No, but I want to come in and help them be productive on offense. Whether that means me coming off the bench, giving the offensive line water, making sure Ben Roethlisberger’s towel is dry so he can wipe his hands and throw the ball better – whatever it takes for us to win a Super Bowl, I’m willing and able to do it,” said the former Carolina Panthers running back, according to steelers.com.
In signing with the Steelers, Williams will be reunited with quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, who was his college offensive coordinator at Memphis. In addition to already knowing Fichtner, Williams also played with Steelers safety Mike Mitchell in 2013.
“It’s amazing because I was just singing “Reunited and It Feels So Good” for Coach Fichtner,” said Williams. “I don’t know if he enjoyed my rendition but I thought it was pretty good. Mike Mitchell left me a message on the chalkboard before he left because when he first came to Carolina I said a few things to him and welcomed him with open arms. He just gave me the same gesture on that chalkboard because he wasn’t able to be here since he was catching a flight.”
Williams, who will turn 32 in April, will more than likely be the Steelers starter at the beginning of the year as fellow running back Le’Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the season. Williams was asked about Bell Friday evening and he spoke glowingly about the former second-round draft pick.
“We played him last year and I think he hit us for 150 yards-plus,” said Williams of Bell. “Having the opportunity to be in the backfield with Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert – Tolbert being a Pro Bowl and All-Pro fullback, and having an opportunity to play with Jonathan Stewart as a first-round pick and seeing what Le’Veon has done on tape and what he’s done in person, the sky is the limit for the guy. I just want to come in and help wherever I can in that aspect to make us better as a team.”
I doubt that Williams will be playing waterboy or drying towels with the Steelers, but it is certainly refreshing to hear that kind of attitude after last year’s debacle with running back LeGarrette Blount. Williams doesn’t have many years left in his career and you can tell that he’d like to win a Super Bowl before his playing days are over.