The rotation of Redskins skill players continues. Just one week after the team made a flurry of moves at running back, they have made two more transactions. The team released Keiland Williams yesterday, and promoted Brandon Banks from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
This marks a big turnaround for Banks. He was released by the team last week, but he is expected to be named to the active roster for the first time today as the Redskins take on the Eagles. Banks could assume primary punt return duties, where cornerback Phillip Buchanon has struggled to make an impact so far.
Williams was used mostly as a third down running back by the Redskins in the first three weeks of the season. He's yet to record one carry with the team, but did have six catches for 29 yards working out of the backfield. According to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, the Redskins intend to assign Williams to the practice squad if he is not claimed off waivers by another team.
With the Redskins cutting their third down running back, this could be a signal that the team is ready to use Clinton Portis in that role more often.
According to Rick Maese of the Washington Post, Brandon Banks was used in practice this week in the "Michael Vick role" on the scout team. Apparently he performed the role so well that he won a spot on the team.