Ryan Williams RB DAL 8 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.
Ryan Williams RB DAL 9 Months3 Comments
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 10 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.
Ryan Williams RB DAL 10 Months
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.
Ryan Williams RB DAL Dec 05 '79
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."
Ryan Williams RB DAL Dec 01 '79
Cardinals GM Steve Keim insisted at the Combine that the team maintains "high hopes" for fourth-year RB Ryan Williams.
Williams was inactive for all 16 games last season. He was the 38th overall pick in the 2011 draft. "He's still got the ability and I think Bruce (Arians) just wants him to put it all together," Keim said of Williams. "Ryan is a tremendous talent. He's a guy who still, on the practice field, shows us the movement skills, the run ability, the change of direction is fantastic."
Ryan Williams RB DAL Oct 21 '79
The Arizona Republic expects the Cardinals to release Ryan Williams this offseason.
Doing so would save $1 million versus the salary cap. The 38th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Williams was inactive for all 16 games in 2013, sitting behind Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, and Alfonso Smith on Arizona's depth chart. Because he is still only 23 years old, Williams would likely be snapped up quickly as a free agent.
Ryan Williams RB DAL Oct 09 '79
Ryan Williams was a healthy inactive in every single game during the 2013 season.
It's a remarkably embarrassing feat. Williams, who was coming off a 2011 patella tear and 2012 shoulder injury, never got his nose in front of Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington or Stepfan Taylor. The Cardinals still kept him on the active roster all year long, a sign they think he might be able to contribute in 2014. The rest of the Cardinals inactives for Sunday's Week 17 game against the 49ers: QB Ryan Lindley, LB Dontay Moch, S Curtis Taylor, T Nate Potter , TE Kory Sperry and DE Ronald Talley.