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Andre Williams is shaping up for a bounce-back year

Posted May 23, 2016

Andre Williams explains his workout and diet regimen as he looks to make a big impact in 2016:

In Andre Williams’ rookie year, he rushed the ball 217 times for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. He had two 100-yard games in his final four of 2014 and looked like he was well on his way to exploding as a sophomore.

The boom never came.

As part of a four-man backfield that split carries most of the season, Williams had just 257 yards rushing on 88 carries. It was 71 fewer yards and only four more carries than he had in the final four games of his rookie year.

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Williams is determined to do something about that. Declining to make any excuses for his sophomore season, he has taken this offseason to give himself the best chance possible to earn a large role in the offense.

Williams weighed in at the 2014 combine at 230 pounds, and that was his playing weight his first two years in the league. He is now 220 pounds after dropping 10 pounds this offseason.

“I feel faster, stronger and more flexible and explosive than I’ve ever been.”

You wouldn’t think Williams lost any weight from looking at him, with an upper body as thick as any other halfback on the roster.

Putting his hands around his stomach, Williams smiled. “I went from a size 36 waist to a size 32.”

He said he lost the weight by altering his workout routine and his diet. Asked about details, he declined to reveal his workout secrets but did admit to eating a lot of soup and Korean barbeque. He hopes to play at anywhere from 218-220 pounds this year.

His newfound agility was on display at the team’s first OTA, catching a pass over the middle. One of the critiques of Williams’ game coming out of college was his lack of production as receiver. He hopes to change that perception.

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“I want to be well-rounded," he said. “I want to do everything. I don’t want anyone saying I can’t do something.”

Williams will have plenty of competition from a crowded running back room with veterans Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Bobby Rainey, Orleans Darkwa and rookie Paul Perkins. He hopes his new body will allow him to carve out a niche for himself in 2016.