Ryan Williams RB DAL 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 4 Months

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 5 Months

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.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 5 Months

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.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 7 Months

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.