The Washington Redskins recently promoted wide receiver Nick Williams from the practice squad. They did so because running back Chris Thompson was placed on injured reserved due to a shoulder injury. Now, one might not expect a player straight off the practice squad to come in a help immediately, but I think Williams might have an impact.
The first way is on special teams. Williams showed some flashes as a punt returner in preseason. And as we’ve seen all season, the Redskins have had trouble getting a return game going on punts. The Redskins are 30th in the league in average per punt return at 6.1 yards per return. That’s a pathetic number.
Williams should be given a chance to return some punts immediately. Will he automatically break one? Who’s to say, but at this point in the season, what do the Redskins have to lose? They need to shake some things up. Also, Williams could help on the Redskins coverage teams, as they could surely use it.
And lastly Williams could help the Redskins as a slot receiver. He’s one of the guys that jumped out at you in preseason with his quickness and shifty moves. Will that translate immediately to helping the Redskins offense? Well that remains to be seen, but considering the Redskins lack of production from Santana Moss in the slot, again what could it hurt?