What Ty’Son Williams showed in his first NFL start (plus Week 1 Utah ties roundup)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ty’Son Williams runs past Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward before scoring a touchdown.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ty’Son Williams (34) runs past Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward (29) before scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. | David Becker, Associated Press

Ty’Son Williams checked off a few firsts in his NFL career Monday night: first start (in his first game no less), first carry and first touchdown, just to name a few.

The former BYU running back found himself as the lead back to start the night when Baltimore faced Las Vegas on Monday night. This came after the Ravens were hit by season-ending injuries in recent days to three other running backs, including J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, the team’s two leading running backs a year ago.

Williams, a practice squad player a year ago, acquitted himself well Monday night in the Ravens’ 33-27 loss to Las Vegas.

A few observations of how Williams performed:

Williams played a significant role in the offense, playing 35 snaps. That was more than Latavius Murray, the veteran running back the Ravens signed just days earlier. Murray played 21 snaps.
Williams made the most of his touches. He had nine carries — lowest among the team’s three main ball carriers, Murray (10) and quarterback Lamar Jackson (12) — and rushed for 65 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Williams also had three receptions for 29 yards.
A quarter of Williams’ touches went for double-digit yards. That included a 21-yard catch on the drive where he later scored a touchdown, his 35-yard TD run and a 16-yard carry.
Speaking of his 35-yard touchdown run, that showed the Ravens’ trust in his ability to make a play. Baltimore faced a fourth-and-1 at the Las Vegas 35 on the Ravens’ second possession, and instead of kicking a field goal, Baltimore went for it. Williams burst through the middle for the first down, avoided a pair of tackle attempts, then outraced a defender for the score. That burst had social media buzzing.

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Ty’Son Williams scores a TD in his first NFL game! #RavensFlock

: #BALvsLV on ESPN/ABC
: https://t.co/NS3IxESidh pic.twitter.com/fdnMdtTEE7

— NFL (@NFL) September 14, 2021

Well, the Ravens have done it AGAIN: They’ve found ANOTHER back who suddenly looks shockingly good. Ty’Son Williams just struck like Mike Tyson in his prime. (Must make Jerry Jones feel a little queasy about paying Zeke all that $$$.)

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 14, 2021

Ty’Son Williams just made it look easy.
Knew after working with him everyday last year that he would excel if he ever got his shot. Can run it, catch it and has the speed to take it to the HOUSE.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 14, 2021

In the second half, Murray took the bulk of the carries — Williams had just two carries after the break. That makes sense, considering Murray has 63 career starts to his name and played well as the complementary back to New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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