Ryan Williams RB DAL 3 weeks ago

Williams could have a significant role in the Cowboys' backfield this season after the club failed to select a running back in this year's draft.

Oft-injured Darren McFadden sits on top of the depth chart, with the plodding Joseph Randle and his off-field issues as his main backup, so a good showing in camp from Williams could easily put him in line for meaningful touches. The Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but after spending all of last season on Dallas' practice squad this is likely Williams' last chance to make his mark in the NFL.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 2 months ago

Demarco Murray's departure for Philadelphia as a free agent bumps Williams up a spot on the Cowboys' depth chart at running back.

He's currently behind Joseph Randle and newly signed injury-prone veteran Darren McFadden on the depth chart, but expect the Cowboys to address the position in the draft, and Randle himself may not be back depending on the outcome of an investigation into domestic violence allegations. After spending all of last season on the Dallas practice squad, however, Williams' prospects for having fantasy value in 2015 are a lot brighter. Depending on how things shake out this offseason, he could end up being an interesting sleeper.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 4 months ago

Williams agreed to a two-year contract with Dallas on Tuesday, Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Clarence Hill reports.

Williams will get another chance to show he's over his early career injury issues, but the fact that he stayed on the practice squad for all of 2014 indicates he's not a great bet to make his way onto the final 2015 Dallas roster.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 9 months ago

Williams has been added to the Cowboys' practice squad, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Williams passed through waivers to get there, but now that he has landed on the Cowboys' practice squad, the 2011 second-rounder is an injury away from possibly rejoining the team's depth RB mix.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 9 months ago

Williams has been waived by the Cowboys, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Joseph Randle ended up making the roster because he gives the Cowboys more flexibility on special teams, but ESPN's Todd Archer notes that Williams has practice squad eligibility. Of course, the running back will need to pass through waivers in order for the Cowboys to consider that scenario.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 9 months ago

Williams took advantage of Joseph Randle's absence from Saturday's preseason game, leading the Cowboys with 12 carries for 47 yards and adding two catches for 22 yards.

Williams and Randle are competing for the number three spot on the running back depth chart, a role that could have some fantasy value this season given starter DeMarco Murray's injury history. Williams has his own checkered medical report, but he's healthy at the moment and Randle injured his ribs on the kickoff coverage team early in Saturday's contest. The door could be open for Williams to seize the job.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 9 months ago

Williams looked good on Saturday, rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown on five carries while catching two passes for 13 yards.

His competition for the third RB spot on the depth chart, Joseph Randle, also had an impressive game, so neither one was able to separate themselves. If the Cowboys aren't able to roster both, this battle could come down to who's more useful on special teams.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 9 months ago

Williams gained 29 yards on eight carries and 31 yards on five receptions in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers.

Not a bad start in Dallas for Williams, who is hoping to push Joseph Randle for the No. 3 running back role. The Cowboys have an excellent offensive line and a pair of running backs with durability issues, so there is some deep league appeal here with the former second-round draft pick.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 10 months ago1 Comment

The Dallas Morning News considers RB Ryan Williams a "longshot" to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

It's because Williams "is not a good special teams player." Williams isn't in the mix for Dallas' top-two running back jobs (DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar), and Joseph Randle made a special teams tackle in all four of his special teams appearances last season. If Williams outplays Randle as a running back, however, we still wouldn't rule out the Cowboys keeping four RBs on the roster.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 10 months ago

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer said the Cowboys would likely keep Lance Dunbar in a third-down role if DeMarco Murray was injured, and would use Ryan Williams or Joseph Randle as the early-down back.

Williams and Randle are likely competing for one roster spot, so whoever wins the competition would be the early-down replacement for Murray. Williams is the clear favorite to win the competition, which means he is the clear favorite to be the primary backup to a player who has missed 11 games due to injury in his three-year career. Williams will have no value without an injury, but he is an interesting redraft flier in deeper leagues.