Williams signed a reserve/future contract with Washington on Monday, Williams spent a short period of time on Washington's practice squad this year after being jettisoned from the Lions. While this past season was a quiet one for the running back, he logged 49 carries for 235 yards and a touchdown with the Colts in 2019.
Washington signed Williams to the practice squad Thursday. Williams has appeared in five games with Detroit this season, and he'll now provide emergency depth for Washington during the team's regular-season finale. The Football Team's top running back, Antonio Gibson (toe), appears in danger of missing another contest.
Williams was waived by the Lions on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Arkansas product was afforded five 2020 game appearances during his partial-season stint in Detroit, but he never gained much traction in the Lions' backfield. Over a combined 27 offensive snaps, Williams collected 26 scrimmage yards on five touches. A lost fumble Week 12 against the Texans may have cost him down the stretch.
Williams didn't receive a carry or a target in Sunday's 34-20 win over the Bears. Even with D'Andre Swift (illness) out of the lineup and Kerryon Johnson (knee) suffering an injury during the game, Williams was left out of the backfield rotation. Instead, Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times. Williams is emergency depth for Detroit, and that could have some value if Swift and Johnson miss more time.
Williams rushed once for five yards and secured four of four targets for 21 yards during Thursday's 41-25 loss to Houston. Williams hadn't seen an offensive snap all season before logging 21 for Detroit during Thursday's game, which was one less snap than starter Adrian Peterson but half of what Kerryon Johnson (39 snaps) saw. While all of these guys probably would've seen less playing time had D'Andre Swift (concussion) been available, it is notable that it was Williams on the field when Detroit was in hurry-up mode in the second half. Given the committee approach Detroit has been taking to the backfield, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if Williams saw another handful of snaps in Week 13 against Chicago, should Swift remain sidelined.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||17||17.50|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|18||01/09||@New York Giants||17||17.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||18||80||0||3||27||0||10|