After being released by the Houston Texas a few weeks ago, running back William Powell wasn’t sure where he would end up. However, never one to stress, Powell headed home to Arizona to continue to training and it was at home, where he received the call to come join the Detroit Lions 10-man practice squad.
“I was at home in Phoenix, Arizona, I used to play for the (Arizona) Cardinals, so I was out there, training and waiting.” Powell said on Wednesday before practice. “I’m loving Detroit so far. This is my first time being here, so I’m just taking it in the experience and going with it.”
At 25 years old, Powell already comes in with some unique experience. Joining the Cardinals as an un-drafted free agent in 2011, he spent most of that season on the team’s practice squad. However, he would spend the 2012 season on the Cardinals active roster, rushing for 217 yards on 60 carries (3.6 yards per carry) in 13 games. He added 19 catches for 132 yards (6.9 yards per catch). He also gained experience as a kickoff returner, where he had an average of 24.1 yards per kickoff return on 21 returns, good for 15th in the NFL.
Although, he hasn’t had the same statistical success with other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans, since being waived by the Cardinals in 2012. Powell says that playing under head coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State help to prepare for him for the tough and successful moments that he has experience so far in his NFL career.
“Playing under coach Snyder was great.” Powell replied. “He taught me a number of things on and off the football field. I feel like playing under him has help to prepare me for what I have gone through in my NFL career so far, from being activated to the main roster, starting a game, to playing a lot, then getting hurt and missing the whole season and just being able to take it in and enjoy it. Being in the NFL, is a heck of an experience that you may not have to long so it’s important to always enjoy it and remember that with hard work, you can overcome anything.”
It’s because of those lessons from coach Snyder, that Powell says he couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Lions and that he is more than excited to bring his versatility to the running back core.
“I know we have a lot of great backs here and everybody is great at what they do. Powell replied. “Reggie (Bush) from the Saints, to the Dolphins, to here in (Detroit), even college at USC, he always been a great runner and great in space. Joique (Bell) is a great runner as well and extremely powerful.”
“So I’m very familiar with everybody and I just want to come in and do what I can. I think I can bring a little versatility to the Lions but again I just want to get in where I fit in and whatever the coaches ask me to do, is what I will do.”
Considering the Lions made the move to promote running back George Winn from practice to the main roster on Tuesday. It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for Powell. The Lions’ running back depth took a hit this past Sunday with recent injuries to Joique Bell (head), Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Montell Owens (hamstring), who the Lions placed on Injured Reserved for the second year in a row, ending his season and making him the 5th Lions player to go IR this season.
Even though no one likes to see others players go down with injuries, we understand that is the way the NFL, which is why it is always important for the next player on the depth chart or on the practice squad to always be ready for their name to be called.
“It’s unfortunate that opportunity has to sometimes come in that way because you never want to see anyone get injured but I’m always excited when anybody gets a chance show what they do and I can’t wait to see Winn do this thing on the field.” Powell said.
“Most importantly, I’m excited to be a part of this Lions organization. I know I haven’t been here that long yet but from what I have seen so far, this is great organizational, that’s on its way to the top and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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Waiting On That Moment: RB William Powell Is Happy To Be A Part Of The Lions Organization was originally published on wchbnewsdetroit.com