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Is Keiland Williams the Next Mike Shanahan Find at Running Back?

When Keiland Williams made the Redskins roster at the beginning of this year most people were probably surprised.  Why Keiland Williams over Willie Parker?  We all know about Mike Shanahan’s ability to seemingly pluck backs out of obscurity (although drafting Maurice Clarett still makes no sense) and have them rush for 1000 yards or more.  Ryan Torain appears to be one find already this season but did he find another gem in Williams?  We’ve been talking about Torain all season and for good reason, but since Williams was promoted due to injuries this guy has been our best overall offensive player.

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 17: Keiland Williams #5 of the LSU Tigers runs against Nate Banks #28 of the Mississippi Rebels on November 17, 2007 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Williams has a unique set of size and speed, a nice NFL skill set with both running and pass catching abilities.  He was always a player with more potential than actual production, never amassing more than 500 yards in college, but Shanahan saw something he liked.  Looking forward with Torain and Williams in the backfield is something I could get a little excited about.  He probably should have had 100 yards, and admitted so after the game, but the Titans covered the entire field in some sort of oil slick.  He is averaging 6.5 yards a reception and about 4 yards a carry this season with 4 total touchdowns, we’ll see if he continues to improve next week when old man Favre and the Vikings  come to town.

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