TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Cadillac Williams was so excited, he could
hardly enjoy the moment.
The crowd roared when Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick was
introduced during pregame introductions, and got even louder when
he carried the ball for the first time in the Buccaneers' 20-17
loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night.
"It's just crazy," Williams said. "I never thought it would
be this way. I've thought of some wild stuff, but I never thought
I'd be on cloud nine like this."
Williams gained 2 yards on his first carry, then picked up 5 on
the next play. The crowd even cheered when he lost 1 on his third
The Jaguars may have won, however Bucs fans left reasonably
happy after getting their first closeup view of the rookie running
back who's going to be the centerpiece of Jon Gruden's offense.
David Garrard and Derrick Wimbush ran for second-half touchdowns
and Josh Scobee kicked one of his two 29-yard field goals at the
end of a 17-play, 10-minute drive that was a reminder of how
Jacksonville struggled to get the ball into the end zone last
The Jaguars were last in the AFC and 29th in the NFL in scoring
in 2004. They marched 77 yards against the Bucs' No. 2 defense in
the second quarter, with Byron Leftwich completing 9 of 10 passes
for 73 yards before the drive stalled at the Tampa Bay 11.
That nevertheless was a big improvement over the previous week
when the Jacksonville quarterback was sacked four times on 11 pass
plays against Miami.
"It's just a process," Leftwich said. "We are in step two."
The Bucs don't want to take any unnecessary risks with Williams,
so the fifth pick in this year's draft will play sparingly in the
preseason, especially with the team sorting through problems on an
injury-riddled offensive line.
Williams sat out all but one play of Tampa Bay's opener at
Tennessee, and didn't carry the ball. He got it five times and
gained 13 yards against the Jaguars, and his best run of the night
-- a 10-yard burst off right tackle -- was wiped out by a holding
"It felt wonderful to get out there. ... It's an amazing
feeling," said Williams, who played a little more than a quarter.
"I was pleading with the coaches to let me play the whole first
half. Maybe next week, I can play the whole first half and just get
in that groove. As the game goes on, I get better."
Three injured starters on the Bucs' line -- tackle Derrick Deese
and guards Matt Stinchcomb and Jeb Terry -- sat out Saturday night.
Anthony Davis, the leading candidate to start at left tackle if
Deese doesn't return soon from a foot injury, also missed the game.
The Jaguars played without running back Fred Taylor, who is
recovering from offseason surgery to repair torn knee ligaments.
Safety Donovin Darius, linebacker Daryl Smith and cornerback David
Richardson were pregame scratches on defense.
Garrard, Jacksonville's backup quarterback, scored on a 7-yard
run in the third quarter. Wimbush's 9-yard TD run gave the Jaguars
a 20-9 lead that Tampa Bay trimmed to three points on Luke McCown's
45-yard TD pass to Paris Warren and a two-point conversion.
The game ended with Tampa Bay's Matt Bryant missing a 53-yard
field goal that would have forced overtime.
Although Jacksonville's first-team offense only produced a pair
of field goals, Garrard said it's too early to draw conclusions.
"It's the preseason and I don't think they should be judged too
terribly. They will get it going, and they will turn it up,"
Garrard said. "Byron is a great leader, and he will get them