So much for bringing second round pick and Buffalo Bills cornerback Aaron Williams along slowly.
The team's top choice on Day Two of the 2011 NFL Draft was jettisoned in to action after just the second defensive play of the game, when Terrence McGee limped off with a hamstring injury. Thrown in to the fire, thrown to the wolves -- whatever the term may be -- it happened with Williams on Sunday.
"Coming in with a new system, coaches let you know at the beginning of the season," the rookie said. "It's a long, grueling season that you never know when your name is going to get called, and when your name is called you've got to be ready to go. Second play, I mean, you had to go."
Throughout training camp and the preseason, Williams had a knack for making an acrobatic and athletic play on the ball when defending a wide receiver. He also possessed the proclivity to being burned a few times. The latter of those two tendencies came to the forefront against Kansas City for the Chiefs' lone scoring play.
Despite being beat on the play for six points, the confident first-year player out of Texas insists it's a play he should have had.
"I pretty much knew that play was coming," Williams said. "I kind of second guessed myself and it cost me a second, and that second pretty much determined the outcome of that play which was a touchdown."
After the Chiefs touchdown, the CBS television broadcast showed Williams having a calm discussion with Bills defensive backs coach George Catavalos. The coach and the Bills aren't trying to change what their rookie is -- they just want him to go all in and stay aggressive when he sees a weakness.
"Definitely. If you're going to do it just go 100-percent. Don't second guess it," remarked Williams.
Now with McGee being ruled out for the next few weeks, the young cornerback will get a lot of playing time. Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey touched a bit on Williams' performance in his very first game.
"He did okay," Gailey said. "The problem with that, with his situation in the game, was he didn’t get many reps during the week. He made a mistake on all the first three plays he was in there. Then he settled down and played a lot better as the game went on.
"He’ll be just fine. I think in the long run he’ll be just fine. He’s going to be a good player for us."
Williams is the first to admit he's got some weaknesses to his game this young in to his career, but knows it's on him to work on it and become a dependable player for his coaches and teammates.
"[I've] still got a lot of things to work on," he said. "Obviously I've still got to work on my technique. It's all about a game of inches and you try and find those six inches to make it count to where you're able to make a play."
Williams and the rest of the Buffalo Bills are up against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, for the team's regular season home opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium.