The NFL dream isn’t over just yet for former WSU running back James Williams. The Indianapolis Colts announced on Tuesday that they have signed the former Cougar standout to a free agent contract, giving him another chance to make an NFL roster this fall.
Williams left Washington State last season after racking up 1,173 all purpose yards and helping WSU to 11 wins. He wound up going undrafted, but caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave the Burbank native a free agent deal. But the team cut Williams in June.
Williams gets another shot in Indianapolis, but it won’t be easy. The Colts already have seven other running backs on their roster, including a pair of rookies in USC’s Aca’cedric Ware and Marquis Young out of UMass.
After practice Tuesday in Pullman, WSU running back coach Eric Mele talked about the Colts bringing in his former player.
Eric Mele talks about James Williams signing with the Colts today. Mele’s old coach at Wingate was Joe Reich, the brother of Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 21, 2019
“I shot those guys a text and said, ‘Good luck, let’s get Boobie going.’” pic.twitter.com/EhfGXWfToO
The Colts have two more preseason games on the schedule. Williams may get his first chance to impress the team Saturday against Chicago. They’ll wrap up their preseason slate on August 29th in Cincinnati.
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