Carnell “Cadillac Williams exploded onto the scene as a rookie when he rushed for 1,178 yards (4.1 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2005.

However, the former first-round pick out of Auburn struggled in 2006, rushing for just 798 yards (3.5 avg.) and one touchdown while dealing with various injuries.

How is he faring in training camp thus far? So far so good for Williams, who has made a lot of progress in his effort to become a more complete running back.

Most importantly, Gruden said Williams is healthy and ready to rebound from his sophomore slump.

“Williams is a great back,” said Gruden. “He’s having a great camp. Last year he had a back [injury] one day, he had a rib [injury] the other day and another back strain. This year he’s totally healthy and he’s making some wicked cuts. I’m really happy with the progress he’s made in the passing game, not only as a receiver but as a protector.

Tampa Bay’s ground attack ranked 28th in the NFL in 2006. As a result, the offense scored just 20 touchdowns and ranked 29th in the league.

The Bucs believe Williams can single-handedly help the team’s offense improve this season.

“It all starts there with him. If he’s Cadillac Williams, we’re going to have one heck of a running game and a much better offensive team.”

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