DeAngelo Williams dyes hair and toenails pink in honor of late mother

deangelo-williamsThe first Sunday of the NFL season is an exciting one around the NFL, but for the Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams it’s a also a time to reflect.

In May, Williams’ mother lost a decade-long batter with breast cancer. In addition to his mother, the 31-year-old has also lost four aunts to the disease.

As Williams prepares to begin his ninth season season in the NFL, he has decided to do his part to help spread breast cancer awareness in his own way. The color pink can be seen throughout the month of October as the league celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Sunday, it can be seen on DeAngelo Williams’ hair and toes.

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Apparently members of the Carolina Panthers have taken note of the team’s depleted wide receiver group.

Shortly after reports said free agent wide receiver Brandon LaFell agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams tweeted this:

As we noted, the Panthers have now lost their top three wide receivers from last season. Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and now LaFell are gone. That leaves tight end Greg Olsen and receiver Marvin McNutt.

Yup, as of now, the offense may be going run-heavy with Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert.

DeAngelo Williams, Cam Newton ticked Redskins made Panthers ‘homecoming’ game

Teams generally schedule an opponent they think they’re going to beat for their homecoming game, that way they can look good in front of fans they want to impress. That point was not lost on Carolina Panthers players DeAngelo Williams and Cam Newton.

Williams said after the Panthers beat the Redskins 21-13 that he was pretty upset when he woke up Sunday morning and saw that Washington dubbed the matchup with Carolina a “homecoming” game.

“I get over and I pick over the game day [program], and I’m looking at the [program], it’s customary,” Williams said, per D.C. Sports Bog. “And I look on there and it says homecoming. And I’m thinking to myself, like, this is the National Football League. Are you serious? Homecoming? Homecoming.

“And it’s not like you tried to hide it. You blatantly put it on the front of the game day. And you’re talking about somebody fired up today? I was pissed.”

Williams says he mentioned the slight during the team’s pregame meeting and that the entire squad was fired up by it.

“It was the whole team,” said Williams. “It was the whole team. That was definitely motivating. I mean, you don’t say you’re gonna have a homecoming in the National Football League. I mean, you do it in college. It’s [against] one of those teams that’s just terrible. You don’t book a good team for homecoming….I don’t know if they had a dance or anything; I just know you don’t give a team extra motivation by putting that on your program, just blatantly coming out and saying you’re our homecoming game.”

After the game, Cam Newton seemed to indicate he felt the same way.

According to FOX’s A.J. Perez, Newton said it was “embarrassing” to be the Redskins’ homecoming opponent.

Maybe that was the type of motivation Carolina needed. They won the game 21-13 and beat the Redskins well enough to make Mike Shanahan practically give up on the season.

The Redskins had more than 150 former players back for the game, and they honored the franchise’s top 80 players. The best way to cap a day like that? With a big fat L. Williams and Newton probably couldn’t have been happier to hang it on them.

DeAngelo Williams lashes out at angry fantasy owners

Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams had a bad game along with the rest of the Panthers’ offense on Sunday, and the seventh-year player lashed out against his angry fantasy football owners after the team’s 16-12 loss to the Seahawks.

Williams had just six carries for six yards and a fumble in Carolina’s defeat. The poor showing had some fantasy owners sending him angry, foul-mouthed tweets during and after the game, so he responded via Twitter:

Williams hit back at them on two fronts, turning the blame on them for drafting him in the first place. He actually has a point: Fantasy owners who drafted and are relying on him took a guy who splits carries with Jonathan Stewart, and who loses goal-line looks to Cam Newton. That was pretty dumb on their parts.

If you’re inclined to think it’s petty of Williams to respond to his fantasy owners, you might want to take a look at some of the tweets he received from angry fans before judging him.

Look at all the nastiness he received:

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Jonathan Stewart or DeAngelo Williams could be traded after Mike Tolbert signing

The Panthers announced the signing of Mike Tolbert Monday, sparking speculation that they may trade one of their running backs. Carolina already has DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Goodson under contract at the position. Stewart will be a free agent after the season. Williams signed a five-year contract last July and would likely have less value on the trade market.

The team is billing Tolbert as a fullback, indicating they plan to keep all three players. Given Tolbert’s success running the ball with the Chargers, I can’t imagine he signed to become a blocking back. This is probably a front by the Panthers to increase their leverage in trade conversations.

If Carolina ends up trading DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, which is what I think will happen, it could be good news for both players. They’ve split carries the past four seasons and limited each others’ numbers. While having complementary backs is critical to preserving players’ health, it cuts into stats.

Though I believe one back will be traded, it’s worth noting the Charlotte Observer says they were told Stewart won’t be dealt.

UPDATE: Chargers reporter Kevin Acee says Tolbert turned down more money from San Diego to return to the South.

Insane DeAngelo Williams Touchdown Run from Pre-Season Against Dolphins

DeAngelo Williams is a guy who was quiet his first two years in the league despite being a first-round pick by the Panthers in 2006. Last year, the kid from Memphis blew up, scoring 20 touchdowns and ranking as the top overall fantasy player in the entire NFL. In case you’re still a little slow recognizing the arrival of DeAngelo, allow me to show you this crazy, Barry Sanders-like run of his from week two of the preseason. I saw this in the highlights over the weekend but forgot about it until Jimmy at SI Hot Clicks posted it. Freaking spectacular.

You can say the Panthers have some excellent run-blocking — and that’s true — but that play was all about the individual efforts of DeAngelo. Man, they should turn that into one of those NFL Fantasy File commercials as a reason to draft him. He might not score 20 TDs again, but with moves like that he’ll continue to impress.