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Kyle 'Refrigerator' Williams has role in Bills' goal-line kitchen

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams likes to brag to his teammates about all the touchdowns he scored as a fullback for Ruston High in northern Louisiana.

"He tells me all his stats from when he was in high school," Bills running back Fred Jackson said today, shaking his head. "He said he was averaging 7 yards a carry, that he had three touchdowns a game.

"He said they just ran zone reads, either hand it to the fullback or turn and run the option. He said he would hit the linebacker at 5 yards and fall forward for 2 more."

The Bills unveiled Williams as a goal-line fullback in the third quarter of Sunday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Williams didn't create any space, but Jackson scored a 1-yard touchdown on the play.

The Bills put Williams in the fullback role once regular-season practices began. He's not involved in their normal goal-line personnel package, and when he does go into the game usual fullback Corey McIntrye stays in, too.

"We've been practicing it the whole time," Williams said. "It's a neat deal, fun to do something different. It changes things up.

"You can tell everyone you're a two-way player. The more things you can do, the longer you stick around."

The objective is for Williams to blast a hole in the defense. Williams is 303 pounds and has terrific acceleration.

"Feels good to have an extra load back there, give the defense a different look and put it in the end zone," McIntyre said. "It's just a little more beef that lets guys know, 'We're coming right at you.' We're not trying to disguise anything."

Before Sunday, the Bills had only three legitimate opportunities as close as the 5-yard line and hadn't sent No. 95 onto the field.

In the season opener, the Bills had first-and-goal from the New York Jets' 2-yard line and tried to run Tashard Choice before throwing a 5-yard TD toss to Scott Chandler. Twice -- in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs and Week Four versus the New England Patriots -- the Bills handed off to C.J. Spiller out of a shotgun formation.

The Bills also had the ball at the Cleveland Browns' 1-yard line, but kneeled out the clock to end the game.

As for doing a Refrigerator Perry impersonation, Williams isn't sure what kind of plays Bills coach Chan Gailey might be willing to sign off on. On the topic of what kind of touches he gets in practice, Williams said:

"Not many, and I don't expect many either. Now, I'm not saying I couldn't. I'm just saying I don't see it happening.

"Of course, if they hand me the ball and I nut something up, can you imagine how that would go? 'Why they giving him the ball? They got Fred and C.J. and everybody else?' I don't want to bring that on anybody."

But I've been told Williams knows how to run a route and has pretty good hands.

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C.J. Spiller | Corey McIntyre | Fred Jackson | Kyle Williams
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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