Now No. 2, Keiland Williams has similar role
While running back Keiland Williams has moved up the depth chart this week, it's still not clear how his role in the offense changes as the team prepares for the St. Louis Rams' game on Sunday.
Asked what might be different this week with Williams as the team's No. 2 running back, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said, "Not much."
"We expect him to be the same. He's got to be able to spell Clinton [Portis], and we'll see how it goes," he said.
Williams has appeared in both of the team's games, but still doesn't have a carry. He had four catches for 15 yards last week against the Texans. But after the team released Larry Johnson earlier this week, it's reasonable to think that Williams will get at least a couple of touches this weekend at St. Louis.
One thing that apparently hasn't changed is Williams's approach: "I'm going to prepare like I've been doing the first two weeks," he said.
Williams said practices this week are very similar to last week, when he was the No. 3 running back.
"Maybe got a few more carries here and there, but nothing tremendous," he said. "I am Clinton's backup in the sub downs, third-down package role. But as far as getting in there, getting touches or anything like that, as far as running the ball, I haven't had that discussion with anyone."
He can afford to be patient. Williams is an undrafted rookie who impressed coaches quickly this offseason. He's not the quickest back, but coaches seem to think he's a good fit for their scheme.
He says he's going to keep doing things the way he's been doing them. Thus far, it's paid off just fine.
"That says something about your preparation throughout camp, throughout the preseason," Williams said. "So I'm just excited."
| September 24, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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