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R.Williams makes debut

At 5-foot-10 and 230 pounds, Ricky Williams is just a smidge smaller than the tailback he replaced in the 6-foot, 235-pound Willis McGahee.

But Williams, signed by the Ravens on Aug. 9, displayed the kind of power in the team’s 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night that the Ravens had hoped he still retained.

Although he carried the ball just four times, he did gain 14 yards and didn’t shy away from bowling into larger linebackers and defensive linemen.“It’s nice because I think our running backs complement each other,” Williams said. “I’m the kind of guy that likes to get downhill and run hard. Ray [Rice] definitely hits home runs. Teams are definitely going to have trouble with us this year.”

At the age of 34, Williams is the fourth oldest player on the roster. But he averaged 4.2 yards per carry last season and is a season removed from rushing for 1,221 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Williams said he is getting adjusted to a new team with different schemes from the ones that the Miami Dolphins ran.

“It just takes time,” he said. “You have to be around the guys and be open and receptive to how they do things around here. Once you do that, you just get in where you fit in.”

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