EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Andre Williams did not intend to become the center of attention this week.
He let his play do most of the talking Friday night.
The rookie carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards, including a 33-yard scamper and a one-yard touchdown run, which put the Giants ahead for good in a 35-24 win over the Jets.
In an interview earlier in the week, Williams referred to the Giants as "the real New York team," which led Jets coach Rex Ryan to take a shot at the former Boston College running back in response.
"Last time I saw him he was getting smoked by Clemson," Ryan said.
Jets guard Willie Colon chimed in Thursday regarding Williams, saying, "We'll answer his remarks tomorrow." But Williams had the last laugh, although his touchdown celebration certainly wasn't over the top.
Williams simply placed the ball on the turf, and then raised his left index finger over his facemask.
After the game, Williams was asked if he was shushing himself, or the Jets. He chuckled before answering.
"It was for both I guess," Williams said. "There was a lot of talk going on on the field between players, and I guess I was telling myself that I need to be quiet. I got my moment of peace getting in the end zone."
Williams was clearly surprised, and a little uncomfortable, that his comment ignited a minor firestorm this week.
"The game was about getting better as an offense, coming together as an offense, and winning the game is the goal of every game," Williams said. "It really wasn’t about any of that stuff that was going on earlier in the week."
We probably won't hear Williams say anything remotely controversial in the days and weeks ahead.
But, more importantly, Williams continues to look like a sold complementary back to Rashad Jennings. In four preseason games, he has 33 carries for 151 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and two scores.
As for Ryan, the Jets coach and Williams did have an exchange on the field after the game.
"He just shook my hand and told my I had a great game," Williams said. "I said thank you, and let him know that I do have the utmost respect for him and his team."