CINCINNATI, Oh. (WDRB) – The Cincinnati Bengals open training camp Friday in the shadow of Paul Brown Stadium, the same stadium that former Kentucky Wildcat running back Stanley “Boom” Williams hopes to call home this season.
Williams opted to skip his senior season at Kentucky after a junior campaign that saw him rush for a career best 1,170 yards and seven touchdowns. Williams went undrafted, but caught on with the Bengals as a free agent. He was limited in May’s rookie camp with a hamstring issue, so he needs a strong showing in training camp this summer.
“He’s got speed and acceleration, but we’ve been playing football in shorts. That’s not how we play it come Sundays. He’s going to have to show that he can do it and withstand it in the NFL when it comes to football in the preseason games,” head coach Marvin Lewis said.
“I want to see him execute,” said Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. “I want to see him learn the offense to where he does not hesitate and he can play fast.”
The Bengals have depth at running back going into camp. Williams could take another route at making the roster as a kick or punt returner.
“I think that’s got to be one of his unique skill sets. He’s obviously very versatile, he’s very mobile, he’s very elusive and I think for him to make this team he’s going to have to be put in some of those situations,” said Cincinnati special team coordinator Darrin Simmons.
Williams will look to get his reps when the Bengals open preseason play August 11th against Tampa Bay in Cincinnati. All of the Bengals preseason games will be broadcast on WDRB.
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