The Bills released FB/RB Karlos Williams on Saturday after the second-year man out of Florida State had a rocky offseason.
Despite facing a four-game suspension and reportedly in bad shape for offseason workouts, Williams' release still comes as a surprise. Mostly because as a rookie he produced at a high level. In 11 games last season, Williams scored nine touchdowns.
Karlos Williams -— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 20, 2016
Cons: 4 gm suspension, possible weight issues, young, not proven.
Pro: He's good. pic.twitter.com/lTbarHRCRQ
Now the situation gets interesting for the Redskins, as Washington had question marks at running back even before an injury to starter Matt Jones on Friday night.
'Skins coach Jay Gruden said Jones suffered an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder but the severity remains unknown. Behind Jones and third-down back Chris Thompson, the Skins boast a collection of rookies at running back like Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley, players that it would be hard to imagine could play significant roles this fall.
So would Scot McCloughan make a play for Williams?
Probably not. Between the suspension and his offseason issues, there are reasons for pause in the Williams pursuit. Add in that if Washington was to bring in a running back, a second-year developmental project - even a good one like Williams - does not fit the mold of an experienced player that many expect.
Last season, the Redskins brought in Pierre Thomas late in the year to help at running back. Thomas had been in the league for years, been a part of deep playoff runs and even won a Super Bowl in New Orleans. Williams resume brings nothing close to that.
Lastly, Williams will now enter the league's waiver protocol. It's unlikely that all of the teams ahead of the Skins do not make a claim on the talented but troubled former Bills runner. That makes for long odds that McCloughan could pick up Williams even if the organization tried.
Remember - surprise cuts happen all over the NFL this time of year. Williams release from Buffalo is likely just the beginning. McCloughan and his staff will continue to watch the wire and monitor who becomes available.