Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams will brag to teammates about all the touchdowns he scored as a fullback for Ruston High in northeast Louisiana.
“He tells me all his stats from when he was in high school,” Bills running back Fred Jackson said. “He said he was averaging 7 yards a carry, that he had three touchdowns a game.
“He said they just ran zone reads, either hand it to the fullback or turn and run the option. He said he would hit the linebacker at 5 yards and fall forward for 2 more.”
The Bills unveiled Williams as a goal-line fullback in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Williams didn’t create the space, but Jackson scored a 1-yard touchdown on the play.
The Bills put Williams in the fullback role once regular-season practices began. He’s not involved in their normal goal-line personnel package, and when he does go into the game usually fullback Corey McIntrye stays in, too.
“We’ve been practicing it the whole time,” Williams said. “It’s a neat deal, fun to do something different. It changes things up.
“You can tell everyone you’re a two-way player. The more things you can do, the longer you stick around.”
The objective is to blast a hole in the defense. Williams is 303 pounds and has terrific acceleration.
“Feels good to have an extra load back there, give the defense a different look and put it in the end zone,” McIntyre said. “It’s just a little more beef that lets guys know, ‘We’re coming right at you.’ We’re not trying to disguise anything.”
Before Sunday, the Bills had only three legitimate opportunities at the 5-yard line or closer but didn’t call on the Williams package.
In the season opener, the Bills had first-and-goal from the New York Jets’ 2-yard line and tried to run Tashard Choice before throwing a 5-yard TD toss to Scott Chandler. Twice – in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs and Week Four versus the New England Patriots – the Bills ran out of the shotgun and handed off to C.J. Spiller.
The Bills were at the Cleveland Browns’ 1-yard line in the waning moments, but kneeled out the clock to end the game.
As for doing a Refrigerator Perry impersonation, Williams isn’t sure what kind of plays Bills coach Chan Gailey might be willing to sign off on – maybe an airborne plunge or slipping out of the backfield for an end-zone catch.
“Now, I’m not saying I couldn’t. I’m just saying I don’t see it happening,” Williams said.
“Of course, if they hand me the ball and I nut something up, can you imagine how that would go? ‘Why they giving him the ball? They got Fred and C.J. and everybody else?’ I don’t want to bring that on anybody.”
Right guard Kraig Urbik’s ankle injury will force him to miss his third straight game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, but Gailey noted defensive tackle Spencer Johnson had a solid practice Thursday and could return this week from an ankle injury.
“Spencer looked good,” Gailey said. “He practiced today, took a lot of reps, and it was good.”
Williams (ankle) and safety Da’Norris Searcy (ankle) returned to the field after missing Wednesday’s practice but were limited.
Left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle), defensive end Mark Anderson (knee) and cornerback Terrence McGee (knee) all sat out again. Glenn and Anderson will miss Sunday’s game, but McGee is expected to practice today.