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Keiland Williams had a feeling he’d be back with the Redskins

Keiland Williams Keiland Williams (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

When the Washington Redskins released running back Keiland Williams as part of their final roster cuts of the 2011 preseason, the LSU product felt that he was leaving on good terms despite his disappointment.

Williams signed with Detroit, and appeared in 15 games for the Lions last season. But he always believed that his career with the Redskins might not have ended. Sure enough, the Redskins signed Williams on Tuesday. Detroit released Williams last week.

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

Williams added: “No one wants to go through the process of being cut or traded or anything, but you know if you do, you’d rather go back to where you started. I’m thankful for that.”

Williams appeared in 15 games as a rookie, recording 39 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries.

He served primarily as a third-down back, excelling as a pass-catcher and doing well in pass protection.

Alfred Morris is the Redskins’ workhorse, but Williams is expected to challenge Evan Royster for playing time on third downs and in passing situations.

With another season under his belt, Williams believes that he is much improved from his rookie campaign.

“[I’m better] just all around,” he said. “Having a few years under my belt, being more comfortable and having the understanding of what it takes to be a productive player in this league. …All-around, I feel like I’m better.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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