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Posted at 4:01 PM ET, 11/26/2010

Keiland Williams will get carries; James Davis will get a chance

By Rick Maese

Though rookie Keiland Williams is expected to handle the bulk of the load in the Redskins' running game this Sunday, coaches also expect to take a close look at James Davis, who was activated from the practice squad earlier this week.

Davis has just 13 career carries -- including four in Cleveland this season before the Browns released him -- so even coaches aren't sure exactly what they'll get out of him.

"You never know how somebody's going to do until they actually play and get their opportunity," Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. "But I like what I've seen in practice. He's handled himself very well, so hopefully he take advantage of his opportunity."

Williams will get his second start of the season on Sunday. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says the team doesn't alter its game plan from week to week just because a different running back might see the majority of the carries. But, he conceded, there are some differences.


"Some pass plays are different. That's why we play Keiland a little more on third down than some of the other ones," Kyle Shanahan said. "But when it comes to the running plays, we pretty much do the same ones."

Williams is the team's leading scorer on offense with five touchdowns. Coaches like his hands and say his pass-blocking is improving. So they know what they're getting from him. As for Davis, they've had a chance to evaluate him since signing him to the practice squad on Oct. 27, and Davis has had four weeks to try to learn the offense.

"Until you actually see a running back play in a game, you really don't know for sure," Shanahan said. "You see people practice but until they take it to the field and do it in a live situation ... it's really hard to evaluate, at least in my opinion."

Davis could be the player who benefits most from the absence of Clinton Portis, who was placed on injured reserved this week. Shanahan said Portis hasn't yet had his surgery to repair an abdominal tear. He said Portis will have it at some point next week.

By Rick Maese  | November 26, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Keiland Williams  
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Comments

Firstie!!

Posted by: jmeaicp | November 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Who woulda thunk we'd be down to Williams and Davis, ever. Where is Moses Denson when you need him????

Posted by: jmeaicp | November 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

not that anyone would notice ...

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_16711851?source=rss&nclick_check=1

Posted by: zcezcest1

McNabb, who turned 34 Thursday, is having one of the most productive seasons of his career with Washington (5-5), which is besieged by injuries that have shredded its roster, particularly at running back.

WTF?

Posted by: wireman65

funny stuff!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 26, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I am excited about getting a look at some of these new guys. Look at Davis' and Andre Brown's college and physical stats - big guys (220-ish) and fast (4.4 or less). Shanny is trying lots of them out, and I'm betting he will find a winner.

Shanallen has found Torrain, Banks, Williams 1&2, and maybe a couple of others (Cook and Capers) who might help. Let's see em. Better usage of Alexander too.

We aren't a playoff team this year, let's see what the youngsters can do. My glass is still half full, we showed alot of character last week. HTTR

Posted by: bogyfre | November 26, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Some of the things i like from that article


But McNabb is fifth in passing yards, averaging 264.2 per game, and on pace to post his first career 4,000-yard season and break Jay Schroeder's Washington record of 4,109 yards in 1986.

Only Favre (507) and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (386) have thrown more touchdown passes among active quarterbacks than McNabb (226).

Evidently, McNabb still has game despite Shanahan's public questioning of his stamina.

"Donovan's probably one of the hardest-working players I've been around," said Vikings wide receiver Greg Lewis, who played six seasons with McNabb in Philadelphhia.

"Nobody's perfect. He had his faults, but he's a great player ,and he's going to go down as a great player."

Sunday's game at FedEx Field pits McNabb against opponents he has conquered.

McNabb is 4-2 in six starts against Favre, when Favre played for Green Bay. He is even better against the Vikings, with a 5-0 record, nine touchdowns and only one interception for a 109 rating

Posted by: jumbo5383 | November 26, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 26, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1

McNabb, who turned 34 Thursday, is having one of the most productive seasons of his career with Washington (5-5), which is besieged by injuries that have shredded its roster, particularly at running back.

WTF?

Posted by: wireman65

funny stuff!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1

=========

Probably written by Lou Holtz.

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedCherokee | November 27, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thunder is the truth. This is long overdue. I hate, hate, hate losing CP but I really think this is a blessing in disguise. I'd still love to have a speedster but having Torain, James "Buster" Davis and Keiland as our 3 rbs for the future is a good backfield for the next 5 years. IMO.

Posted by: avbanig | November 27, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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