James Williams

DETROIT - After a brief stint with the Indianapolis Colts, former Washington State running back James Williams has signed with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions announced Williams’ signing Wednesday morning. Williams could see his first carries in the NFL when Detroit visits Cleveland for its final preseason game on Thursday.

Williams initially signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs after going undrafted. He was waived by the Chiefs on June 13. Williams inked a contract with the Colts last week but was released after a day without playing in a preseason game.

Williams also had workouts with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots prior to signing with the Lions.

Williams played in 39 games, 18 starts, for the Cougars and compiled 316 carries for 1,539 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 202 receptions for 1,437 yards and eight touchdowns. Williams finished in the top five in WSU history in total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and receptions, and set a single-season record for receptions by a running back twice, as a sophomore with 71 catches in 2017 and as junior last season with 83 receptions. 

Williams garnered All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2018.

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