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After Release From Lions, Keiland Williams Excited To Return To Redskins

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – When Keiland Williams was cut last September as the Washington Redskins finalized their rosters, he had hoped he left a good impression on the organization to be welcomed back at some point.

“I was very respectful to everyone, so I felt like if I was ever in that situation where I got cut again, the Redskins would come get me,” Williams said. “I told that to a lot of my family and friends, and to see that happen, it was kind of crazy.”


Williams was released by Detroit last week. Not shortly after, Washington called, and on Tuesday, he rejoined the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2010.

To make room for Williams, the Redskins released Ryan Grant, who they signed last month but played in just one game and had one carry for five yards as the backup to Alfred Morris and Evan Royster.

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Williams hadn’t been told as of Wednesday what his exact role would be. He played on special teams in Detroit and was used mostly as a pass protector, running twice for three yards and catching two passes for nine yards this season.

He had a greater role with the Redskins in 2010, his rookie season, starting three games and rushing for 261 yards with three touchdowns.

Much has changed in Washington since then, however, including the revamping of an offense with Robert Griffin III at quarterback.

“They just said get in the playbook and refresh on the things you kind of knew and the new packages, you need to learn that,” Williams said. “That’s all I’ve heard so far.”

Though the running back said he learned “what it takes to be a productive player in this league” while in Detroit, the comforts of returning to his first organization have him excited.

“I mean, no one really wants to go through the process of being cut or getting traded or anything like that, but if you do, you’d rather go back to where you started, and that’s where I’m at, so I’m thankful for that,” Williams said.

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