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Williams fine with splitting carries in Carolina's crowded backfield

CBSSports.com wire reports

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- DeAngelo Williams says he likes playing in the Carolina Panthers' offensive system even though his workload is far less than other starting NFL running backs.

Williams averaged fewer than 10 carries per game last season and his 155 carries were less than 27 other tailbacks in the league. That's largely because of the presence of fellow running back Jonathan Stewart and athletic quarterback Cam Newton.

But Williams isn't upset in the least about his role with Carolina, saying "you have to approach it as a team game."

This year Williams' workload could be reduced even more after the Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro32) signed free agent fullback Mike Tolbert in March and re-signed Williams' close friend Stewart to a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension last week.

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