MIAMI GARDENS—Touchdowns don’t get much better than this.
Dolphins running back Damien Williams, in his first start after waiting four years on the bench, delivered a powerful push into the end zone early in the 27-24 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Williams caught a pass from Jay Cutler as he headed for the right sideline, absorbed hits from Raiders cornerback Dexter McDonald and safety Karl Joseph, then spun back toward the middle of the field and lunged across the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown.
“Just an effort play,” he said. “I’m just showing you who I am every day. I don’t quit. I don’t go out of bounds for nobody. They gave up. I didn’t.
“I was determined to get in there. I wasn’t gonna let no one stop me.”
Williams teamed up with Kenyan Drake to take over the running back role after Miami traded Jay Ajayi early in the week. They combined for 83 rushing and 82 receiving yards.
Williams accounted for 14 rushing and 47 receiving, and caught all six passes Cutler threw his way. He had three previous games of 50-plus receiving yards, which is part of what makes him an idea fit at running back in coach Adam Gase’s offense.
“I felt like it went OK,” he said of his first start. “I could’ve done better in some areas as far as the running game and getting upfield faster. It’s a process. This was just the first one.”
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