“Since I’ve been here I’ve been sharing carries, whether it was DeShaun Foster, whether it was Jonathan Stewart,” Williams said. “So coming in and doing that off the bat, it was easy to cope with coming from Memphis, where I was getting 20, 30 carries a game, to getting here to the National Football League and DeShaun kind of showing me the ropes.”
Coach Ron Rivera explained on NFL Network Friday that the Panthers view Mike Tolbert as Jeremy Shockey's replacement on offense.
Rivera said Carolina leaned on two-tight end sets last year because they didn't have a "true fullback." Tolbert can fill the latter role while also lining up at times at tailback and as an H-back. The Panthers believe they have upgraded on outgoing Shockey, who is a free agent and won't be brought back. We wouldn't expect Tolbert to touch the ball more than 60 or so times this year.