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Keiland Williams finds himself in familiar position: with plenty of competition

Entering training camp, there was plenty of attention surrounding the Washington Redskins running back situation, specifically the three running backs at the top of the depth chart: Pro Bowlers Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.

The three big names didn't intimidate undrafted rookie free agent Keiland Williams, however. Listed as fifth on the depth chart entering camp, Williams has impressed coaches and teammates early in camp and on the Redskins first official depth chart is now tied with Parker for fourth-string.

"When I signed here as a free agent I knew what I was getting myself into," Williams said. "And just coming out of college it was kind of the same thing, we had a lot of backs and it was a struggle every day going out and competing. That's how it is here; I'm not just coming here to be on the practice squad. I'm definitely coming here and looking to compete during the regular season."

Williams is no stranger to battling other running backs on the depth chart. At LSU, he appeared in 47 games, but started just three.


The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Williams, who rushed for 1,699 yards and 17 career touchdowns on 299 carries, said he has tried to emulate what he saw from the veteran backs, all of whom have had at least one dominant season in the NFL.

Williams said he has tried to take bits and pieces of each back in front of him in order to make himself a better overall player. He also received advice from former Denver Broncos standout Terrell Davis, a player he grew up rooting for who is serving as a coaching intern in Washington during training camp.

"That's something I definitely did when I first got here, I sat back just observing all of them," Williams said. "Definitely was going to look for the things that kind of separated them from other guys in the league. They're all Pro Bowl guys, All-Pro guys - C.P. with his pass protection, Larry with his aggressive running style and Willie with his cuts and ability to make a cut, get out of it and get to the next level - I'm just trying to learn a little bit from everyone and just try to make myself a complete back."

Williams is also in the mix to earn a spot on the roster as a kick returner, and the rookie has turned enough heads to be considered a possibility to crack the roster, or possibly earn a spot on the practice squad.

His performance in the preseason games will be critical if he hopes to make the team.

"Keiland's been very impressive," Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's a guy that does a great job in pass protection, especially for a young guy. He's got some great running skills. He catches the ball. He's got a big upside, and we'll get a chance to see what he can do in live situations. But I like the way he's handled himself thus far."

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 10, 2010; 8:47 AM ET
 
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Posted by: MajorFacemask | August 10, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The last time I was on hear, I was railing about Big Al and Shanny. I questioned whether Shanny really knew what he was doing in regards to Big Al.

Now, I must admit that since Big Al has passed the test, that Shanny really did know what he was doing.

I appreciate that and it gives me now more confidence that Shanahan has a real grasp on where he wants to take this team.

So, big props to Shanahan and I gratefully apologize for doubting him.

This can only mean good things for the Redskins.

Hail to the Redskins and Mike Shanahan.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 10, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

personally, I'd like to see the team keep CPO, LJ, Torian, and Williams....time to get younger at RB....give these kids some steady touch's...keep the top guys fresh...or trade for Mason...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 10, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

If he can emulate the best parts of LJ, CP, and WP's games, then he should have about 2,000 rushing yards this year and 10 TD runs of longer than 40 yards. I'll take that.

Posted by: Section104 | August 10, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

personally, I'd like to see the team keep CPO, LJ, Torian, and Williams....time to get younger at RB....give these kids some steady touch's...keep the top guys fresh...or trade for Mason...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 10, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

With Shannahans ability to utilize unknown commodities at RB this might be a possible scenario for 2011.

This all depends on if both Williams and Torian play special teams this year. Otherwise I don't see them keeping all four on the roster.

Posted by: Devo2 | August 10, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

albert is one lazy MoFo....Look at this pic...

http://espn.go.com/

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 10, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"Listed as fifth on the depth chart entering camp, Williams has impressed coaches and teammates early in camp and on the Redskins first official depth chart is now tied with Parker for fourth-string."


Wow, from 5th to tied for 4th. Be still my beating heart.

Okay, if this is "inside" info, maybe it's better to go back to all-Albert all the time.

We still get diddly-squat in actual analysis of performance in RI posts, compared to those priceless Studs and Duds extracts kind souls post here.

Posted by: farstriker | August 10, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=103710

We prob will need a bigger pool of teams...Can we make this happen? It looks like eeryone will be back...Is dealer still around? And whoever Will Hamilton is...

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 10, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

4th which league is that?

Posted by: alex35332 | August 10, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Piss, moan. Moan, piss.

It's no wonder this Deadskins Insider board stinks to the high Heavens!!

Did any of you nitwits ever consider the FACT that your secondary is comprised of players who are even worse than Donovan McNabb and that's why they're constantly getting beat deep in training camp? You don't have a single guy in your secondary who would start for us (a championship-contending team). It's not rocket science, you knuckle-dragging dreamers.

McNabb has never been a deep-ball passer (and y'all KNOW it) so you guys better prepare for at least one of our receivers to have 200 yards receiving against you clowns on September 12. I shouldn't tell y'all this, but, offensively, our plan to neutralize Haynesgirth is pretty simple - we'll put a huge plate of grandma's buttermilk biscuits in the corner of the endzone and Fat Albert's DONE!

Can't go back and forth with y'all today (even though I like nothing better than making y'all cry), so I'll have to let your dumb comments slide. Next time you won't be so lucky.

Get a grip, you smelly LOSERS!!

HTTD! (Hell to the Deadskins!)

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | August 10, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I very much look forward to kicking everyones AZZ in fantasy football again this year...

Wow that was a multitude of HJs Schefter handed out to the skins in that ESPN article..

Posted by: chrislarry | August 10, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | August 10, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Because the fact that there is no pass rush has nothing to do with it...btw if you can't comprehend this comment, it's dripping with sarcasm...

Posted by: merajc86 | August 10, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Vic1-

I have no problems with your posts.

I guess I'll start reading em to see what all the fuss is about.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 9, 2010 6:46 PM |

It's clear the cracksmoking moron is brainless and really has no clue what he's talking about so let's make sure to ITA and the Brokeback fan will move back to his Mommies basement where he will once again be rejected by his fellow Cowball fans.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 10, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Not sure how that post got attached but it was intended for the Brokeback Ballbag fan.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 10, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Over/Under on the amount of times this sihtheel MrIrvin88 has stepped into the state of TX: 1

I take the under.

Is there any lower species of pond scum than the DC/DMV fake contrarian Cowboys fan?!?! Its such a pathetic cry for help..."Notice me, notice me"

Look MrIrvin88, we all wish your parents had hugged you more as child too. We know it sucks to get the crappe kicked out of you by your older sister for the extra drum stick at dinner. But nut up guy, do heroin or gamble your money away to deal with the pain BUTT don't be weak and root for the Cowboys....you are better than that.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 10, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: MrIrvin88 | August 10, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse
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Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

This would decimate our dline... these are not spare parts

Posted by: Stu27 | August 10, 2010 8:40 AM


"Decimate"? Really? AC doesn't even play on the line anymore and has a good chance of being a backup LB to Lo Alexander. That's by definition a spare part. And don't get me started on how blatantly wrong the sentiment that we "need" Haynesworth is...

The most important players on the D-line as of today are Kemo at NT and Carriker at LDE. If Haynesworth plays up to expectations, that's gravy as far as I'm concerned...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 10, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Okay first of you wrote this under a thread discussing the situations that AC WILL PLAY DE, thats the same AC that lead our team in sacks last year, spare part? NO

You realize that the two most important players on your Dline listed by you took 0 snaps last year. I think they will be great for our D but I dont think you fully understand there is a rotation and they will roatate out often.
I think Holliday will also play a useful role for our d. AH is still the most impact player on this team Shanny and Haslett fully recognize this so there will be lots of gravy...

Posted by: Stu27 | August 10, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

keep the top guys fresh...or trade for Mason...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 10, 2010 9:16 AM

What a turnabout. This guy Mason has only had 32 more carries in the NFL than BeantownGreg1 has had, and now Beantown wants to go all in for him.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 10, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

....you are better than that.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 10, 2010 9:55 AM |

Yea, unfortunately he's not. Notice he said he didn't have time to hang with us today? That's because the library he's online at has a 30 minute time limit and he has to get back to his panhandling so he can get his 5th of ripple for lunch.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Is there any lower species of pond scum than the DC/DMV fake contrarian Cowboys fan?!?!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 10, 2010 9:55 AM

Yes, there is. It would be Chia_Pet and all his race-baiting sock puppets. Compared to him, a troll is an enjoyable respite.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 10, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Um, yea, all 4 of Washington's starters in the secondary would start for Dallas. Terence Newman is a nut-hugging scrub who routinely gets torched on a yearly basis by Santana Moss. Santana Moss has dropped 120 yards and a TD on Newman while not starting, playing only about 40% of the downs, and nursing a pulled hamstring (in Dallas no less - 2007). Newman has to thank his lucky stars that he has Demarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff to shut down the passing game before it ever starts. If Newman ever does get matched on a merely average receiver, this guy gets beaten worse than Rihanna on a road trip with Chris Brown.

And don't get me started on your jokes for safeties. I'd stab myself in the eye with a pencil if I had to watch Gerald effing Sensabaugh and Hamlin monitoring our secondary. Talk about a couple of 3rd stringers playing only because there's nobody else with college-level competence on the roster.

Dallas loves to pimp their pro-bowl statuses every year as they flame out of the playoffs, as if that somehow justifies them as "Super Bowl contenders." The only thing Dallas ever wins post-regular season are talking points for Jerry Jones' wallet as he parades his architecturally retarded "masterpiece" of a stadium that can't accommodate the integrity of the game as videos of punters bouncing kicks of the scoreboard reverberate around Dallas' intellectually bankrupt fanbase.

And Dallas fans have the nerve to talk trash around these parts. What a bunch of morons (sorry SMACK - it's all part of the game).

Posted by: psps23 | August 10, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

That Sally Jenkins article got me dreaming of lil Kyle taking over for daddy someday.

Sounds like the kid is teaching dad a few new tricks...VERY good news!

An attacking offense, what a concept!!

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 10, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Damn man with 100 handles you sure have a harde-on for ole' Chia Pet.....

Posted by: chrislarry | August 10, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

"Willie with his cuts and ability to make a cut, get out of it and get to the next level..."

Have you ever been going through a list of people, intending to compliment everyone, but quickly run out of things to say about one of the people on the list? Seems like that what happened to Kieland here when he had to think of nice things to say about "Fast Willie". If he had to keep going, what do you want to bet the next words were going to be "...and all those cuts..."

Posted by: MColeman51 | August 10, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

First Set of 11-on-11

While the Virginia Lottery media session was going on, the Redskins were in their first set of 11-on-11 action.

Here’s an abbreviated look at the action:

LaRon Landry burst through the line to stop a run by Ryan Torain.
Donovan McNabb tossed a deep ball downfied, Carlos Rogers is there for the interception.
Albert Haynesworth in the action from nose tackle– he busted through the line and bats away a pass by Rex Grossman
John Beck threw deep to rookie Brandon Banks for a touchdown pass. Banks got past coverage by Justin Tryon and Anderson Russell.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 10, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

@Alex - it was one of 2 RI ESPN Fantasy joints.....

...I was thinking maybe we should get a 16-20 team league together.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 10, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

From A. Schefter:

Washington can line up outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter, and inside linebackers Rocky McIntosh and London Fletcher. Few teams can match this type of potential and production at linebacker.

Interesting...

Posted by: mhartz1 | August 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

scampbell1975 = self-appointed blog monitor, and presumed keeper of all that is righteous in RI nation.

Also a bit of an arsehole.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

To you Post blogmeisters like Reid, Maese, Tenorio, et al, please go to Gary Fitsgerald's live posts on training camp. I mean blogmeisters, why don't you give us short wraps on what's going on on the field with individual players. Who gives a damn about a guy named Keiland Williams.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 10, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

-- 8:50 a.m. ET

Brown Practicing

Right tackle Jammal Brown walked slowly out to the practice field. No way he’s practicing. Right?

Wrong? Brown is wearing pads and it appears he is getting some reps, at least in drills.

This is a positive sign for Brown, who has missed the last several practices due to hip soreness. He had surgery on his hip last year in an injury that cost him the 2009 season.

Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) continues to work with the athletic trainers. And Mike Furrey (concussion) is not present.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 10, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter(sp?) said Washington may have the best pair of offensive tackles in the league.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 10, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I just saw on Redskins.com, the twitter part, that the offense can score in the redzone at will.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

scampbell1975 = self-appointed blog monitor, and presumed keeper of all that is righteous in RI nation.

Also a bit of an arsehole.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 10, 2010 10:23 AM |

Someone's sandy vag is a little sore because his incredibly boring and stupid attempt at humor got shot down. That's right, you know what they say about the bearer of bad news. Coming from you vic...yea, I'm okay with that.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"McNabb has never been a deep-ball passer (and y'all KNOW it)":


Really?

Last year, only 3 NFL teams completed 17 passes over 40 yards.

The quarterbacks were M Schaub, T Romo, and D McNabb.

Getcha facts straight, homie.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 10, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter(sp?) said Washington may have the best pair of offensive tackles in the league.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 10, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse
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I hope he's right, but in the meantime I'd like a hit of whatever he's tokin'.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter(sp?) said Washington may have the best pair of offensive tackles in the league.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 10, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse
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I hope he's right, but in the meantime I'd like a hit of whatever he's tokin'.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

It's that iH8dallas CarolinaKush.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 10, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 10, 2010 10:32 AM"

Good stuff. Was that the actual catch or does it include yards after catch?

Posted by: gimmedat | August 10, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

scamp -- It's apparent you don't know much about satire or sarcasm... but the bottom line is that we don't need to be humorous to get our points across.

But something tells me I'm wasting my time trying to explain it to you -- given that irony is usually wasted on the stupid. So let's just say they'll cover if and when you ever get to 10th grade.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 10, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

From cbssports. Interesting....

Aug 10 10:34 ET

The Redskins ran the wildcat formation for the first time in camp. WR Brandon Banks has run it twice with moderate success. Banks would run to the opposite side of the QB

Posted by: TWISI | August 10, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | August 10, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Sandy Vag and the Soreness is a great Punk Rock band name.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

i8hdallas

"I just saw on Redskins.com, the twitter part, that the offense can score in the redzone at will."

This is a great development, no doubt.

However, an issue the skins' offense has had is that for ten years, it stalled just after it got within 30-40 yards of the end zone.

And there is where the lack of big or dynamic receivers shows as defenses have put the onus of the offense to be aggressive with players who don't satisfy.

Hopefully, the offense also is able to score on mid-range and long touchdown passes from that distance.

Otherwise, we'll have nothing but a bunch of field goals at the end of a lot of 10 play drives.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

And Dallas fans have the nerve to talk trash around these parts. What a bunch of morons (sorry SMACK - it's all part of the game).

Posted by: psps23 | August 10, 2010 10:05 AM

No problem, psps. Nice craftsmanship. I only get fired up when people say stuff that isn't true.

Posted by: SMACK1 | August 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize how big he was... I thought he was a scat back type. I guess I wasn't really paying attention to him with Torrain & the old three. I like the idea of keeping the younger guys also, provided the rooks don't fumble away their chances in preseason football games. It would be nice if Willie showed something & another team was willing to trade for his services if the other guys are performing. Just an additional pick... 6th rounder, nothing crazy.

Posted by: tony325 | August 10, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

ask around about a kid shanney had in Denver who was a 6th rounder . He played his keep on sp teams the kids name is Terrel Davis . We need to keep younger rbs starting this year and I know they will. Would not be surprize if we see a couple of youngsters at wr also . We have the speed and also very young . But with younger talent comes losing also so wtf do you do. The 3-4 year talent is were its at .

Posted by: dicacowdead | August 11, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

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