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Karlos Williams carving out spot in record books


"It was just a simple vertical route," Bills running back Karlos Williams said.

"The linebacker didn't cover me, didn't carry me. I saw the split safeties, so I bent it in and gave [quarterback] Tyrod [Taylor] open access. He threw a great ball –it was an easy catch and score,"

Easy as it may have been, it was the rookie's seventh score in six career games, as well as his sixth straight came with a touchdown. And while Williams dismissed the notion that the play was anything special, head coach Rex Ryan didn't want to take away from his prized rookie's ability.

"The guy he went against (on the touchdown) is a good football player (LB Demario Davis) and he just shook him like it was nothing and then he just flies by everybody," said Ryan. "[Running backs coach] Anthony Lynn puts him on the field and there he goes. Touchdown. It's like, 'Wow!'"

Taylor was proud of the play, too.

"It was something that we've had in our playbook and in our game plan for a couple of weeks now and finally had a chance to call it. They were matching their linebackers with our running backs, and we had a chance to get Karlos up the seam. He did a great job on the route. He got collision, but was able to get underneath him and bend it so I found him and he made a good play to get in the end zone," said Taylor.

Even with the likes of LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins surrounding him on offense, the first-year pro from Florida State University has become the Bills most consistent scoring threat.

"He's obviously got a lot of special qualities about him. He's a great kid, too, by the way," said Ryan. "But number one he's an explosive athlete who has size, speed, vision, burst. He's got all of that. You don't luck into six straight games with a touchdown. You don't luck into that. This guy has got receiving skills. He's got a couple of touchdowns out of the backfield, but he just blows by guys. He sets them up."

While the main focus is on winning football games, Williams is happy to be in a situation where he has such an important role.

[I'm] very happy about [the seven touchdowns]," he said. "It seems like every time we're in scoring position the coaches put me in to make sure I hit the end zone. That's something I'm definitely happy about, definitely proud of."

As Williams continues to find pay dirt, he continues to become the "first since" games-with-a-touchdown department.

He's the first player to score a touchdown in his first six games since Robert Edwards (1998, running back, New England Patriots). He and Edwards are the only two players to ever accomplish such a feat.

If he scores a touchdown in Buffalo's next game on Monday Night Football against the Patriots in Week 11 he'll set the rookie record.

He's the first Bill to score a touchdown in six straight games since CJ Spiller (Week 15 2011-Week 3 2012), and the eighth player in franchise history to put together a streak this long. A touchdown next week would tie him with running back Cookie Gilchrest (1962) for the second longest streak in team history. Running back OJ Simpson scored a touchdown in 14 straight games during the 1975 season.

The rest of the Bills offense is perfectly happy to keep setting Williams up a rise through the record books. Their goal, after all, is too score touchdowns, no matter who is taking the ball across the pylon.

"It's just something we talk about. We want to finish every drive with a touchdown. You want to finish it with points, but touchdowns are key in this league," said Taylor. "[Karlos] does a good job finding the end zone, obviously. He's scored in every game that he's played in. He's doing a great job for us and we want to continue to feed him moving forward."

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