(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Keiland Williams was with the Washington Redskins a year ago, believing he had a shot to start after showing signs of promise as a rookie.
The Redskins surprised Williams by cutting him just before last season and he was claimed by the Lions the next day to bolster their depth without then-rookie Mikel Leshoure and with lingering questions about Jahvid Best's durability.
Detroit (No. 11 in the AP Pro32) needs options in its backfield because it won't have Best for an indefinite period and Leshoure for at least the first two weeks of the season.
Williams gives the team one more back beside Kevin Smith and Stefan Logan to take pressure off quarterback Matthew Stafford.
''Are we better with Leshoure and Best? Definitely,'' Williams said. ''But we have guys who can step up and get the job done.''
Williams showed that in a preseason loss Friday night against Cleveland, running for 71 yards and a touchdown on nine carries...