Karlos Williams Added to Pittsburgh Steelers’ Practice Squad

Karlos Williams
Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) celebrates with Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) after scoring a touchdown in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports /

After being without football for the past five weeks, Karlos Williams has finally found a new home for now — though it’s not in Buffalo.

Former Buffalo Bills‘ running back, Karlos Williams, has found a home in Pittsburgh — for now.

The Buffalo Bills drafted Karlos Williams in the 2015 NFL Draft. We used our 5th-round, 155th overall pick on him and were completely blindsided when we saw him start to produce so early in his career.

His rookie season, he was called upon much more than he was probably expecting. However, he proved right away that he was a running back that belonged in this league for a long time to come.

He ended up playing in 11 games last season as the backup to LeSean McCoy — who was also in his first year with the Buffalo Bills. Due to McCoy’s re-occurring hamstring injury last year, Williams even made three starts for Buffalo. By season’s end, he accumulated 93 carries for 517 yards — which amounted to a 5.6 yards-per-carry average — and 7 touchdowns.

He also made himself known in the passing game, where he had 11 receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. It was an impressive and very productive rookie year for the young running back and helped the Bills own the top rushing attack in the league.

He even did something that’s only been done once before, scoring a touchdown in each of the first six games of his career.

Personally, I was one of the ones that was sad to see Williams go this year. He had his off-the-field issues, but he was simply too dominant for us to just give up on him. Don’t get me wrong, the Bills had to do what they had to do, but it definitely put a hole in our running game.

Just imagine how good Karlos Williams would be doing under new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who worked with Karlos a lot as the team’s running backs coach. We’ve seen how Lynn’s techniques have translated to LeSean McCoy, so it’s only right to think the same thing would happen with Williams.

Karlos Williams
Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) rushes wit the football against Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Dallas 16 to 6. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

In the end, we have to accept the fact that Karlos is no longer with the Bills and just hope that one day, he finds his way back. For now, he will be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad where he will work to make his name relevant once again.

It’ll be much harder to do so in Pittsburgh, compared to Buffalo, because of the top-talent the Steelers have at the running back position. The Steelers currently have three running backs on their active roster — Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Fitz Toussaint.

Bell and D. Williams are more than capable of handling the load, but D. Williams is a bit older at 33 years old. Bell will no doubt be the Steelers’ starting running back, unless something terrible happens, but Karlos Williams could definitely earn himself another backup role for Pittsburgh.

He has already spent one practice with the team and has already impressed a lot of players/coaches — with some even saying that he doesn’t belong on a practice squad. So far, the reaction has been that Karlos Williams could start for any team and that definitely goes along with how he played in Buffalo.

At the end of the day, Karlos is gone and although I want him on my team, I’m glad he found another opportunity to show what he’s capable of.

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I’ll be rooting for him every step of the way, but if he ends up playing against us on December 11th, that goes out the door.

Good luck, Karlos Williams. Hopefully, you and Buffalo will join hands sometime again.

Do you think the Bills should’ve waited for Karlos to get NFL-ready again?