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The Panthers have said they’d like to find a running back to pair with Christian McCaffrey. Is James Williams the right fit for that role?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomCarolina Panthers Film RoomPanthers 2019 NFL DraftFilm room scouting report on Washington State running back James WilliamsNew Rashaan Gaulden Jersey ,28commentsThe Panthers have said they’d like to find a running back to pair with Christian McCaffrey. Is James Williams the right fit for that role?ESTShareTweetShareShareFilm room scouting report on Washington State running back James WilliamsKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsJames Williams was a three year starter at Burbank High in Burbank, California. He was a consensus three star recruit according to Rivals and ESPN. Williams was a three year starting running back for Mike Leach’s Air Raid scheme. He finishes his career with 1539 rushing yards, 1437 receiving yards, and 27 total touchdowns. Williams’ athletic performance at the NFL Combine placed him in the 37.2nd percentile according to SPARQ. Film reviewA common comparison for James Williams is New England running back James White. Given the importance of the passing game in today’s NFL, finding a running back who can add value as a receiver is critical. Williams made his name in Mike Leach’s scheme in this role. As a runner, Williams is just as effective. The first thing that stands out is how nonchalant he is when contact arrives. He is not only elusive, but his strength not to go down on first contact is intriguing. Williams might not have similar burst to some of the top prospects, but he has ideal fluidity and change of pace to run through holes.Williams didn’t run a diverse set of routes for the Cougars. He typically found himself open on swing routes and Texas (angle) routes, which are staples of the route tree for the Panthers’ running backs. More often than not, Williams made his money on lead draw concepts. Of course the holes on each of these runs is sizable, but executing many of these runs also helps his transition. This ties it full circle with his comparison to James White. White also happens to be a productive receiver Thomas Davis Color Rush Jersey , but he has been useful on lead draw run concepts. Plays like this are how Williams should be utilized at the next level. He might not have 3 down ability, but his elusiveness, ability to run after contact, and his contributions in the pass game make him an appealing prospect.Fit with CarolinaRon Rivera has mentioned that the Panthers want to find a running back this off-season to take the pressure off Christian McCaffrey. After the C.J. Anderson missed opportunity in 2018, they have to make sure they don’t fumble another chance to find a compliment for their 2017 first round pick. Williams would be an ideal partner for McCaffrey. He adds value on third downs and is an effective runner in certain situations. Williams already understands how to run Texas routes, which are important in Norv Turner’s scheme. The Panthers need to address the running back position, but they shouldn’t pay a premium. Williams will likely be available on day 3 of the draft and that’s where Carolina should consider him. With the afternoon games over, it’s time to reshuffle the playoff scenario deck. The AFC contenders, followed by the NFC contenders, are listed below, along with a description regarding what needs to happen in order to qualify and/or maximizing postseason positioning.Chiefs (11-4): The Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth. A win over the Raiders next weekend or a Chargers loss to the Broncos clinches the AFC West. A win over the Raiders also delivers the No. 1 seed in the AFC. A loss to the Raiders plus a Chargers win results in the Chiefs landing in the No. 5 seed.Patriots (10-5): They’ve clinched the AFC East for the 10th straight time. A win against the Jets next weekend would give New England its ninth straight first-round bye. A win over the Jets and a Chiefs loss to the Raiders would give the Patriots the No. 1 seed.Texans (10-5): The Texans have clinched a playoff berth https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/...yne-Jersey , thanks to Pittsburgh’s loss to the Saints. The Texans now need a win against the Jaguars and a loss by the Patriots to the Jets to secure a bye. If the Chiefs and the Patriots lose next week, and the Texans win, the Texans would be the No. 1 seed. Losing next weekend would also result in losing the division crown to the winner of the Colts-Titans game. A Colts-Titans tie would deliver the AFC South to the Texans.Ravens (9-6): Thanks to that victory over the Chargers, the Ravens are in with a win next week over Cleveland or a Pittsburgh loss to the Bengals. Thanks to the Titans and Colts winning, the Ravens are out with a loss and a Pittsburgh win.Chargers (11-4): The Chargers can still win the AFC West by beating the Broncos in Denver, if the Chiefs lose at home to the Raiders. Absent that, the Chargers will be the No. 5 seed.Titans (9-6): With Pittsburgh losing, next Sunday night’s game against the Colts becomes a win-and-in scenario. The Titans could win the division by beating the Colts, if the Texans lose to the Jaguars.Colts (9-6): The Colts have the same scenario as the Titans.Steelers (8-6-1): The Steelers are screwed, thanks to their loss to the Saints. They need to beat the Bengals and root for the Browns to beat the Ravens. If the Steelers win and the Browns and Ravens tie, the Steelers would win the tiebreaker with the Ravens based on a better division record.Dolphins (7-8): Their loss to the Jaguars eliminated Miami from playoff consideration.Saints (13-2): The win over Pittsburgh gives the Saints the No. 1 seed.Rams (12-3): They’ve won the NFC West https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/...sen-Jersey , but nothing more yet. They’ll secure a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed with a win over the 49ers or a Bears loss to the Vikings. If the Rams lose and the Bears win, the Rams will fall to the No. 3 seed.Bears (11-4): The Bears can become the No. 2 seed if they beat the Vikings, and if the Rams lose to the 49ers. Otherwise, Chicago is locked in as the No. 3 seed.Cowboys (9-6): They’ve clinched the NFC East, and they’re locked in as the No. 4 seed.Seahawks (9-6): The Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth. A win next week over Arizona makes Seattle the No. 5 seed. If they lose and the Vikings beat Chicago, the Seahawks would be the No. 6 seed.Vikings (8-6-1): The win over the Lions, combined with Philly’s win over the Texans, requires the Vikings to win next weekend to nail down a playoff berth, unless Eagles lose to Washington.Eagles (8-7): A win next weekend at Washington plus a Vikings loss would give the Eagles the No. 6 seed.Washington (7-8): The wins by the Vikings and Eagles have eliminated Washington.Panthers (6-9): The Panthers were eliminated by their loss to Atlanta.
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