Lions claim RB Keiland Williams and G Jacques McClendon

Posted Sep 5, 2011

After the release of running back Aaron Brown and center Chris Morris yesterday, the Lions announced that they claimed running back Keiland Williams off waivers from the Washington Redskins and guard Jacques McClendon off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts.

"(Keiland Williams) was very productive in his role last year for the Redskins," said Head Coach Jim Schwartz of the second-year player out of LSU. "(He) scored some touchdowns, caught a lot of passes, played on third down - did a lot of different things that we liked when we saw him."

Williams played exclusively at fullback for the Redskins this preseason, but Detroit will use him at halfback.

"He's a little bit bigger than some of the guys that we have," said Schwartz of the 5-11, 230-pound back. "I like his skill set (and) he's still a young player. The Redskins went and got Hightower this year and he sort of got edged out in that. I think we were very lucky to get him."

McClendon is also a second-year player, selected in the fourth round of last year's draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

"(We) liked what we saw on tape from him," said Schwartz. "(He's) very athletic. He's a young player - we've had success in developing some of those guys.

"We had some feeling for him last year in the draft and we had the opportunity and thought it was a good, young interior player to work with."