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PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS Andre Williams is excited to finish his season in Philadelphia. PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS Andre Williams is excited to finish his season in Philadelphia.

Williams is excited for finale in Philly

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

In his rookie season, Andre Williams has experienced a myriad of situations and has gained another big brother in the process.

During the summer, Williams, a former Parkland and Boston College standout, began to open some eyes late in the New York Giants' summer camp with a series of impressive showings in the club's preseason games.

Williams, who was the Giants' fourth-round pick, then got the call when lead back Rashad Jennings went down with an injury. The Heisman Trophy candidate produced a modest 165 yards during the span.

When Jennings returned, Williams was relegated to the team's second-back role, but he soon would be back in the spotlight due to Jennings' recurring injuries.

Two weeks ago in a victory over Tennessee, Williams rushed for a game- and career-high 131 yards on 24 carries and scored on a 50-yard touchdown run, one certainly worthy of a highlight reel.

In Sunday's win over Washington, Williams again was in the limelight with Jennings sidelined as he was the team's leading rusher 44 yards on 18 carries.

Consequently, it has been Jennings, a seven-year pro, who has been the perfect mentor for the progressing rookie. While Williams' older brother, Ervin Jr., is in Atlanta, Jennings has been the practicum in New York.

"I am a big fan of him (Williams)," said Jennings. "He has worked very hard and has progressed all season long. I want to help him in any way I can. I was really happy for him when he had the big game against Tennessee.

"He runs hard and he is learning more how to see the holes. I feel he is at the point where he feels very comfortable with everything."

Head coach Tom Coughlin also has seen his rookie evolve over the past few months.

"He (Williams) has learned and has been better with his pass protection," said Coughlin. "He has developed a better sense of the game and has responded well with his adjustments."

With two games remaining, Williams realizes his own maturity and is beginning to understand how to improve his game. Ironically, he'll end his season in Philadelphia against the Eagles Dec. 28.

"I'm gaining more experience, growing as a player, and being patient, and not trying to run out of my shoes every time I get the ball," said Williams. "I have to just prioritize what has to happen before I get up field and get yards. I have to take care of the ball, so I just took my time and just made sure I got it secure before I got up field.

"I feel better every game out there. It will be special to end in Philly."