The Colts picked their first legitimate playmaker of the 2013 NFL Draft in the 7th round, drafting Kerwynn Williams out of Utah State. The diminutive back isn't going to be an every-down workhorse, but that doesn't mean he won't contribute.
Williams is in a battle with Delone Carter for the fourth running back spot, as well as competing for a job as a returner.
He contributed as a runner, receiver and returner in the Colts' loss to Buffalo, and I took to the film to take a closer look.
Williams had four carries on Sunday, gaining five, six, five and five yards (21 total). The four carries came in two formations. The first was a power formation, with a fullback and at least one tight end.
The second formation was a traditional shotgun formation with 11 personnel. The Colts ran draw plays each time, the first as a throw-away play on 3rd-and-22 and the second on 2nd-and-10 as the Colts were backed up on their own eight-yard line.
Each of the runs was fairly straight forward. The Colts gave Williams something to work with, but not much, and he squeezed what he could from the opportunity. The best run to show that was the second run, where Williams isn't given a clear running lane, but weaves between blockers to pick up six yards.
Williams caught two passes on the day, netting five yards between the two. On both passes he made defenders miss, weaving in between defenders to pickup the extra yard.
In what's becoming a theme, Williams sees gaps between defenders well, but never quite makes the last guy miss. He gets a few extra yards by slipping between or around defenders, but he never quite gets the big play.
Williams started out with a solid return, but was a mixed bag on the day. He had five kick returns for 89 total yards, a long with an 11-yard punt return, but also had a dropped kickoff. His returns themselves weren't all that impressive. Much like his runs and receptions, he found a few small creases, but was unable to break a big play.
The most elusive return was Williams' punt return in the fourth quarter.
Overall, it was an extremely small sample size with Williams, but his slippery elusiveness stood out to me when watching him on Sunday. He certainly can find small spaces and squeeze extra yards out of plays, but can he create big plays and be a true scoring threat at all times? So far, he hasn't been able to beat that last guy to really break a play open, but that doesn't mean he can't do it.
That's what I'll be watching for when Williams gets back on the field again this coming Sunday.
Realistically, are we expecting him to be a "true scoring threat at all times"? What kept coming to mind for me was this: Mountain West. That's the conference that KW played in. And played well in. Maybe he wasn't playing against 1st team defenses, but it's still the NFL. Based on just your highlights/writeup (good stuff, as always), I'd say he acquitted himself fairly well.
@matt_has He actually played in the WAC, which is an even worse conference than the Mountain West. Utah State only joined the MWC this year.
That's exactly what I've been saying. He didn't play "Sproles" competition in college. Not saying he won't make it, but we need to see him a little before we get too excited. I was surprised that he showed more power than I expected. If he's a decent returner, he should get a roster spot.