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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cowboys RB Ryan Williams "has done nothing to disappoint" during OTAs.

Williams reportedly "looks healthy" after spending all of 2013 as a weekly inactive. He's been splitting third-team reps with Joseph Randle and has a chance to be the top early-down backup to DeMarco Murray this season. Williams and Randle are likely competing for one roster spot, though it's possible Dallas could keep four running backs with Murray in a contract year.

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The Cowboys are expected to sign free agent RB Ryan Williams.

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The Cowboys are working out free agent RB Ryan Williams.

Williams was waived by the Cardinals earlier this week. The No. 38 overall pick in 2011, Williams never fully recovered from his rookie-year knee injury and was inactive for all 16 games last season. The Cowboys could be a fit for Williams if he has anything left. Dallas has just Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar backing up DeMarco Murray.

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Cardinals waived RB Ryan Williams.

The No. 38 overall pick of the 2011 draft, injuries have limited Williams to five career appearances. He missed his entire rookie year with a ruptured right patellar tendon, and appeared in only five games as a sophomore before a shoulder injury sent him to injured reserve. He surprisingly remained on the roster for all of 2013 despite being active for zero games. Stilly only 24, Williams could earn a look on waivers from running-back needy teams, but it's quite possible he just doesn't have any juice left.

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The Cardinals' plan right now is to keep Ryan Williams on the roster and let him compete for a spot in the running back rotation.

Williams has a $1.5 million cap number and was a healthy scratch in all 16 games last year. But the Cards are going to give him a shot because of the eye-opening things he put on tape prior to a brutal 2011 knee injury. If Williams can reach some semblance of his old abilities, he'll be in the mix with Stepfan Taylor behind Andre Ellington. If not, the Cards can move on after training camp.

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Coach Bruce Arians confirmed Ryan Williams is no lock to stick on the roster.

Williams was a healthy scratch in all 16 games last season after missing the entire preseason. But prior to his devastating 2011 knee injury, he put special things on tape. With only Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith behind Andre Ellington, the Cardinals will want to at least give Williams a shot. "Ryan has a chance this year. ... He did impressive things on the scout team," Arians said. "There's always a door number two. If door number two is better when we look behind it, he could be gone. But he can play."