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Ryan Williams | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 207
College: Virginia Tech
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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. Mar 10 - 12:09 PM

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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."
Feb 24 - 8:32 AM

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." Williams turns 24 in April.
Feb 20 - 6:34 PM

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.
Jan 10 - 11:39 AM

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.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 03:01:00 PM

Cardinals declared RB Ryan Williams, WR Brittan Golden, QB Ryan Lindley, LB Dontay Moch, G Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry, and DL Ronald Talley inactive for Week 12 against the Colts.

The Cardinals are extremely healthy at this stage of the season. Golden is the only injured inactive. He has a hamstring injury. Williams hasn't registered a carry yet this season and remains the No. 5 back in Arizona.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 03:05:00 PM

Ryan Williams has been a healthy scratch in all six games so far this year.

Williams tore his patella tendon as a rookie in 2011 and didn't look right in 2012 before going down with a shoulder injury. Now he's stuck behind Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith. Williams is only 23 years old and showed unique skills while at Virginia Tech, but it's unclear if he will ever be the same player.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Cardinals declared RB Ryan Williams, QB Ryan Lindley, WR Kerry Taylor, S Rashad Johnson, LB Jasper Brinkley, T Bobby Massie, and TE D.C. Jefferson inactive for Week 5 against the Panthers.

With Daryl Washington back from suspension, Brinkley is the odd man out. Johnson is still nursing his scary finger injury. Williams is buried on the depth chart.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 02:33:00 PM

Ryan Williams has been a healthy scratch in each of the first two games.

We use the term "healthy" loosely because Williams hasn't been the same since his devastating 2011 knee injury. He's behind Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams is inactive for Week 1 against the Rams.

Williams was absent from the Week 1 injury report, so he's a "healthy" scratch. It's possible his troublesome knee is still giving him issues, of course. It means rookie Stepfan Taylor is backing up Rashard Mendenhall, which was rumored to be the case even before Williams was scratched. Also inactive for the Cardinals are TE Rob Housler, CB Jamell Fleming, LB Alex Okafor, NT Alameda Ta'amu, OT Bobby Massie and OG Earl Watford.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 02:54:00 PM

Ryan Williams is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Cardinals' official depth chart.

AzCardinals.com itself admits the designation could be purely symbolic, but it's notable nonetheless considering Williams' shaky summer. At the very least, coach Bruce Arians admires Williams' attitude. We'd consider Williams Rashard Mendenhall's direct backup, with rookie Stepfan Taylor checking in at No. 3.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Ryan Williams (knee) is "full speed."

Williams missed the first half of camp while nursing continued woes with his knee. He pushed himself back into practice over last couple of weeks, but picked up just 35 yards on 11 carries in the final two preseason games. That unique, difference-making explosion we saw at Virginia Tech is no longer there. We're not confident in the ability of Williams or Rashard Mendenhall to stay healthy and effective this season.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians confirmed the Cardinals will keep all five tailbacks on the 53-man roster.

"That's a strength of our team," Arians insisted. Ryan Williams, rookies Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, and core special teamer Alfonso Smith will be kept behind Rashard Mendenhall. It's a hairy situation for handcuffers.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams rushed nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale.

Coach Bruce Arians hinted afterward that Williams had done enough to secure his roster spot, but that could still change once Arians and GM Steve Keim sit down to crunch the numbers on Friday and Saturday. Either way, Williams will open the season off the fantasy radar.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 09:54:00 AM

AzCardinals.com is currently projecting RB Ryan Williams to keep his roster spot.

Reporter Darren Urban admits a lot will be riding on Williams' performance in Thursday's preseason finale. Williams made his exhibition debut on Saturday, rushing twice for 10 yards. If reports that the Cardinals have placed Williams on the trade block are true, there's probably a less than 50 percent chance he keeps his spot.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 07:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Ryan Lindley
RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3Jonathan Dwyer
4Ryan Williams
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Jonathan Dwyer
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Brittan Golden
3Teddy Williams
4Javone Lawson
WR21Michael Floyd
2Ted Ginn
3Jaron Brown
4Dan Buckner
WR31Ted Ginn
TE1Rob Housler
2John Carlson
3Jake Ballard
4Darren Fells
5Andre Hardy
K1Jay Feely
2Danny Hrapmann