The Washington Redskins’ annual Homecoming festivities aren’t for another couple of games, but this week has proven to be a homecoming of sorts for at least two Redskins players.
On Monday, the team re-signed veteran tight end Chris Cooley, and today, the Redskins signed running back Keiland Williams, who last played with Washington during the 2010 season.
In a corresponding move, the Redskins released running back Ryan Grant.
Williams, who will wear No. 25 with the Redskins this time around, played 15 games in Washington in 2010, when he set career-highs in attempts (65), yards (261) and touchdowns (three). Williams is also a receiving threat out of the backfield, and has 49 career receptions for 380 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
The Redskins originally signed Williams as a college free agent in April 2010. He saw some success his rookie season, and he was acquired off waivers by the Detroit Lions in Sept. 2011 and played in 20 games with Detroit from 2011-12 before being released on Oct. 18.
Williams played collegiately at LSU, where he played in 47 games with three starts, rushing for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was part of the 2007 squad that defeated Ohio State to win the BCS National Championship.
Originally from Lafayette, La., he was born on Aug. 14, 1986, and attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va, where he became the first running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,325 as a senior).
Williams’ signing was one of two moves the Redskins made on Tuesday. The team also signed cornerback Domonique “D.J.” Johnson to its practice squad and waived wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux from its practice squad.
Here’s a video (via DC4judicial on YouTube) of some of Williams’ highlights from his 2010 season with the Redskins (note: the first part of the video is highlights of Redskins returner Brandon Banks (so enjoy), and I hope you like repetitive hip hop beats):
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