The Cincinnati Bengals knew they needed someone to pick up the slack if anything were to happen to star back Joe Mixon. Even with Mixon still young and healthy, they opted to draft two running backs with their numerous sixth-round picks.
That said, there’s only a certain amount of snaps in a football game and both won’t be making an immediate impact. However, for Trayveon Williams, his play and size mimics that of specialty back Giovani Bernard.
While Williams may be the third-or-fourth string back, he’s planning to make a “Day 1 impact,” per WCPO.
“I expect to have a Day 1 impact,” Williams said. “Once I step on the field, it’s going to be electric. It will be everything for this organization.”
Williams has quite the lofty expectations for his play.
Taken with the 182nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams totaled 1,760 rushing yards and over 2,000 yards from scrimmage during his junior season at Texas A&M. He’s certainly got the dynamic playmaking ability.
Can that translate to the next level though? On the same lines, will the opportunity for him to excel in Cincinnati be there on Day 1?
Mixon, who was snubbed a Pro Bowl selection last season, has been the Bengals go-to back for the last few seasons. At just 22, Mixon is just a year older than Williams after the Bengals workhorse back spent just two seasons, one with Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield, at Oklahoma.
While Williams is ready to make an impact and be successful in the NFL, he’s still looking to learn from the Bengals’ current starter. As well as talking about what he brings to the team, Williams also went into how Joe Mixon has impacted him.
“Obviously, if he had success, there were things he was doing great, and anything I can learn and excel my game, I’m all for.”
There’s no telling how successful Williams will be at the professional level, but we do know that the rookie’s head is in the right place.