May 27, 2018

Washington Redskins Roster Moves: Chris Cooley, Keiland Williams, DJ Johnson all return

The Washington Redskins have made several moves this week in the wake of Sunday’s last-minute loss to the New York Giants. On Monday, the team placed TE Fred Davis on the reserve/injured list — ending his season due to an Achilles injury — and signed former Skins’ TE Chris Cooley.

Cooley (6-3, 243), a fan favorite and the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end, was released by the Redskins on Aug. 28, 2012. He spent his first eight seasons with the Redskins and posted 428 receptions for 4,703 yards and 33 receiving touchdowns.

“I called Chris when we landed,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters Monday afternoon. “I asked him what type of shape he was in. He said he was in pretty good shape. I asked him if he would like to come back. He said he did. We’re excited to have him. I trust Chris. If he says he’s in good shape, he’s in good shape. Hopefully he can help us this next week.”

Today, the team announced signing of two more familiar faces to the burgundy and gold, adding RB Keiland Williams to the roster and CB Domonique Johnson to the practice squad. RB Ryan Grant was released to make room for Williams, while Emmanuel Arceneaux was let go to add Johnson. Both players have been with the Skins before, with Williams seeing game action in 2010 with five total touchdowns that season.

Below is the team’s press release on Williams and Johnson.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent running back Keiland Williams and released running back Ryan Grant. The team also signed cornerback Domonique “D.J.” Johnson to its practice squad and waived wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux from its practice squad.

Williams (5-11, 230), now in his third NFL season, rejoins the Redskins, the team that originally signed him as a college free agent on April 29, 2010. Williams has played in 35 career games with three starts, compiling 125 rushing attempts for 459 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He also has 49 career receptions for 380 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Williams spent his rookie season in 2010 with the Redskins, rushing 65 times for 261 yards with three rushing touchdowns and adding 39 receptions for 309 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He was acquired off waivers by the Detroit Lions on Sept. 4, 2011, and played in 20 games with Detroit from 2011-12 before being released on Oct. 18.

Williams played collegiately at LSU, where he played in 47 games with three starts, rushing for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was part of the 2007 squad that defeated Ohio State to win the BCS National Championship. Originally from Lafayette, La., he was born on Aug. 14, 1986, and attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va, where he became the first running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,325 as a senior).

Johnson (6-1, 191) spent Weeks 10-12 on the Redskins’ active roster during the 2011 season but was inactive for all three games. He has appeared in 10 NFL games, all with the New York Giants, playing in three games in 2009 and seven games in 2010. In addition to his time with the Redskins, Johnson has appeared on the active roster or practice squad of the Giants, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts during his career.

Johnson played collegiately at Missouri from 2004-06 before transferring to Jackson State. He played in 24 career games in two seasons at Jackson State where he totaled 66 tackles, 27 passes defended and 10 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. In 2008, he was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press and first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference. He was born on Nov. 7, 1985, in Texas City, Texas, and attended La Marque (Texas) H.S.

Grant (6-1, 222) was signed by the Redskins as a free agent on Sept. 26, 2012. He appeared in one game with Washington, rushing once for five yards. Arceneaux (6-2, 215) was signed to the Redskins’ practice squad on Sept. 3, 2012.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


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