Keiland Williams had carved out a role on special teams. He was being used in a couple of jumbo and max-protection packages on offense. So why was he released to make room for cornerback Alphonso Smith?
Here’s why. If something were to happen to starting running back Mikel Leshoure, Kevin Smith would be the logical choice to start. Williams has only two carries for three yards this season and has never won the trust of the coaching staff as a ballcarrier.
Joique Bell can do all of the things that Williams can do, and he’s a better runner and pass catcher. But the Lions don’t think Bell would be an effective starter just yet. They have carved out the perfect role for him, kind of a closer-type guy who comes in fresh and strong late in games against worn down defensive lines.
Thus, Williams was the logical choice. He has to clear waivers, but if he does, there is a chance he could be back. The signing of Alphonso Smith is believed to be a temporary move. Once Bill Bentley and Jacob Lacey get healthy, and Chris Greenwood gets up to game speed, presumably, Smith will be released. But who knows? Anything can happen with this crew.