Patriots rookie RB Trey Williams' confidence easy to see

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie New England Patriots running back Trey Williams was surrounded by the largest media crowd he’s faced in the NFL on Thursday and he hardly flinched.

That speaks, in part, to his confidence.

“It’s big. Clearly expecting a lot, and I’m expecting to do a lot,” said Williams, who was claimed on waivers Tuesday and practiced with the Patriots for the first time Thursday. “Once I’m held to a higher standard, that’s what I have to go by. I have to do my part. That’s what Bill [Belichick] wants me to do, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

The 5-foot-7, 195-pound Williams twice mentioned the possibility of helping the Patriots win a Super Bowl. He also said, “I know for a fact, I’ll stick.”

Again, there’s that confidence.

Since arriving in town Wednesday, Williams said he’s spent so much time in the playbook that he pretty much slept with it.

“It’s a lot,” he said, “And it’s a lot different [from past playbooks] as well.”

Williams wasn’t drafted out of Texas A&M, and the Patriots are his third NFL team after stops in Washington (practice squad) and Dallas (53-man roster for four weeks, but inactive for four games). He has some connections to the locker room, most notably having played high school football in Texas for receiver Danny Amendola’s father, Willie.

The Patriots have LeGarrette Blount as their top power back, with James White and Brandon Bolden splitting duties as the passing back. Williams, who is known for quickness and change-of-direction skills, could potentially add some more dynamic play at the position that the team lost when Dion Lewis landed on season-ending injured reserve (torn ACL, Nov. 8).

“He can catch the ball out of the backfield, return kicks and can run the ball as well,” coach Bill Belichick said. “He has some versatility as a running back, as a receiver, and as a returner. We’ll see how all that goes. Young player, hasn’t really played, but it’s not a position that we have a lot of depth right now.”