clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

New Orleans should celebrate DeAngelo Williams' departure from NFC South

The former Carolina running back tormented his NFC South foe on many occasions during his nine seasons with the Panthers.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Jackson was unstoppable in the original Tecmo Bowl.

While he wasn't Bo, DeAngelo Williams did his best impression of the video game version of Jackson when he faced the New Orleans Saints.

In 14 career games against the Saints, Williams rushed for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns on 181 carries, giving him an average of nearly 6.2 yards per carry. Four of Williams' 18 career 100-yard games came against New Orleans, including his career-high 210 yard effort on 21 carries in a Week 17 win at New Orleans in 2012.

Williams' attributes were in full-effect on that day, showcasing his tremendous cutback ability, vision, and closing speed when finishing off long runs, which he did on a 69-yard touchdown run that saw him outrun the Saints secondary to the end zone. Among his impressive runs that day was his 12-yard touchdown run with 8:23 remaining that stretched the Panthers' lead to 41-24. Initially met in the backfield by a Saints defensive linemen, Williams bounced left, found room on the right side of the defense and sprinted into the end zone, leaping over a camera man afterwords for good measure.

Watching Williams run, it's easy to see why the Steelers opted to sign the Panthers' career rushing leader. Like Bell, Williams is a patient back with excellent vision and cutback ability whose best work is done following sweeps from a pulling guard.  Unlike LeGarrette Blount, Williams running style is complimentary to Bell's, and together they should be a much stronger duo.

Needless to say, the Saints are probably happy that Williams is no longer a member of the Carolina Panthers. Opponents of the Steelers, however, should take notice.