Former Kansas Metropolis working again Damien Williams has been conspicuous at Bears organized group actions for greater than his jersey No. 8.
It actually does look odd seeing a working again with this jersey quantity, however get used to it throughout this season within the NFL.
Williams is standing out as a stable all-purpose match within the backfield and potential contributor a yr after the Bears had been extraordinarily skinny at working again.
“For Damien, what we actually favored about him was his versatility as a working again and as effectively out of the backfield, the issues he can do,” Bears coach Matt Nagy stated. “He is very effectively rounded. It is only a actually good match for our working again room.
“I used to be not with Damien in Kansas Metropolis, however the coaches that had been there spoke rather well of him and stated actually good issues. And so Damien’s are available in right here like a real professional and simply digested every thing that we’re doing.”
Williams ought to digest what the Bears are doing, since he got here from the identical fashion offense in Kansas Metropolis. It was a part of the explanation he signed in free company with Chicago after opting out final season as a result of pandemic.
“I may say a variety of issues, however actually simply to sum all of it down, sitting out a yr after which coming again, I actually did not need to be taught a complete new system, various things like that,” Williams stated. “So coming right here and form of having the identical system, identical performs, it was simple for me.
“After which assembly the coaches, assembly all people within the constructing, it was simply simple for me.”
What wasn’t simple for Williams was sitting out final season after practically incomes Tremendous Bowl MVP. He had two touchdowns in Kansas Metropolis’s Tremendous Bowl win after the 2019 season and ran for 104 yards within the sport, however Patrick Mahomes was named MVP.
Whereas sidelined all yr, he contemplated whether or not this may depend as a strike towards him.
“After all that crosses your thoughts,” he stated. “You are pondering ‘oh man.’ You are sitting at residence you are lacking a yr out. That impacts you on the finish of the day simply since you’re not on the market doing the reps, placing the time in.
“However that is if you sit at residence and actually grind, when nobody’s watching. That is if you need to work the toughest, so coming again was very easy.”
The nervousness hung round some time.
“Oh man, that entire yr,” he stated. “At first I did it for my mother. Everyone understood why I did it. However as soon as you bought to the season and watching, me personally, I am sitting at residence like (pondering) ‘I hope the season would not go right through, particularly with the COVID factor after which I will not really feel like I missed an excessive amount of.’ ”
Returning now in Chicago has him becoming in effectively not simply due to the system but additionally as a result of he enjoys the opposite personalities within the locker room.
“I really feel like one of many rookie children,” he stated. “(On the) first day again, new man within the constructing—I am simply embracing it.”