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Ryan Williams | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: Virginia Tech
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Cowboys released RB Ryan Williams and OG Ryan Miller with injury settlements.
Williams was placed on I.R. in late July. Knee issues are sending the 2011 second rounder to an early retirement. It's a shame for a player who entered the league with a lot of talent. Sep 15 - 6:16 PM

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Cowboys placed RB Ryan Williams (knee) on injured reserve.

It turns out Williams was waived/injured, not released. Unsurprisingly, he went unclaimed on waivers. Recovering from a June "procedure," Williams just can't get his troublesome knee healthy. Williams will likely be released with an injury settlement if/when he gets healthy in 2015.
Jul 28 - 5:44 PM

Cowboys released RB Ryan Williams.

The oft-injured Williams couldn't stay out of the training room again, undergoing a knee procedure after he experienced swelling in June. The Cowboys added Stephen F. Austin UDFA Gus Johnson to take his place on the 90-man roster. Unless Chris Johnson or another veteran comes aboard, it looks like the Cowboys will roll with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar as their top-three running backs.
Jul 28 - 11:12 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota does not expect RB Ryan Williams to make the Cowboys' final roster.

Machota is the third Dallas beat reporter to predict Williams will not make the final 53. Limited by persistent knee swelling during the offseason program, Williams has to stay healthy in training camp to have any shot at climbing the depth chart.
Jun 28 - 2:51 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer projects Ryan Williams to be left off the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

Williams experienced recurring knee swelling at OTAs and minicamp, and will enter training camp squarely on the bubble. Owner Jerry Jones has hinted the Cowboys will only keep three tailbacks on their final roster. Archer projects those three backs to be Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 22 - 4:56 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram describes RB Ryan Williams as a "longer shot" to make the Cowboys' roster.

Williams missed almost all of the spring due to swelling in his knee. You can't make the club in the tub. It's conceivable the Cowboys end camp with only Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar behind projected lead back Joseph Randle.
Jun 18 - 8:46 PM

Cowboys RB Ryan Williams has continued to rehab his balky knee on the side of OTA practices this week.

Williams' knee has been an issue since May. Williams tore his patellar tendon as a rookie in 2011, and has never been the same since. Although it's over a month before training camp, we're losing hope of Williams making any serious impact in the Cowboys' 2015 backfield. He simply can't be counted on.
Jun 10 - 10:15 PM

Cowboys RB Ryan Williams still experiences swelling in his surgically-repaired right knee.

It's a reminder that Williams has not been, and never will be, the same since tearing his patellar tendon in August 2011. However, he's flashed in offseason practices, and Cowboys president Stephen Jones believes he'll "certainly be a factor" in 2015. ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer called Williams the "running back of the day" on Wednesday after he sat out on Tuesday. Williams shouldn't be forgotten as the Cowboys' post-DeMarco Murray backfield sorts itself out.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 28 - 1:46 PM

Cowboys president Stephen Jones said Ryan Williams will "certainly be a factor in who's going to be our [RB] this year."

"His name actually came up quite a bit [during the draft]," Jones said. "Many times we were looking at backs later in the draft that we compared to Ryan and didn’t feel like they were as good as he was." Williams needs to improve as a pass blocker, but you could certainly argue the former second-round pick has the most natural running talent in this backfield. He just has to prove he can sustain health. Williams' contract has more guaranteed money than Darren McFadden's.
May 7 - 12:03 PM

The Dallas Morning News believes Ryan Williams "could be the odd man out" in the Cowboys’ backfield.

Williams spent all last year on Dallas’ practice squad. The front office thought enough of him to guarantee $240K on his two-year deal this offseason, but Williams will enter training camp behind Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, and receiving back Lance Dunbar. Williams needs to prove he’s fully over his knee/shoulder issues to avoid getting cut.
May 6 - 5:49 PM

Ryan Williams' two-year contract with the Cowboys includes a $240K signing bonus and an average salary of $750K for 2015 and 2016.

It's a nice chunk of change for a running back who has appeared in just five NFL games since 2011. It speaks to Williams' talent, as Dallas made it a priority to keep him in the mix as DeMarco Murray preps for free agency. Williams, finally healthy after myriad knee and shoulder issues, should be monitored closely this offseason. The Star-Telegram says there's a "good chance" RFA Lance Dunbar won't be tendered.
Jan 29 - 12:02 PM

Cowboys signed RB Ryan Williams to a two-year contract.

The 2011 second-rounder spent this past season on Dallas' practice squad. Williams rushed 25 times for 112 yards last preseason. His career once derailed by injuries, Williams has now stayed healthy for a sustained stretch and won't turn 25 years old until April. With DeMarco Murray entering free agency, Williams is someone to monitor closely in Dynasty circles.
Jan 13 - 3:13 PM

Cowboys signed RB Ryan Williams to their practice squad.

Williams got beaten out by Joseph Randle in the preseason, but played well enough that he should find his way onto a 53-man roster at some point in 2014.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Cowboys waived RB Ryan Williams.

Williams ran well this preseason, but could not overtake second-year RB Joseph Randle for the No. 3 job in Dallas. Williams still has practice squad eligibility, but it is unlikely he makes it through the waiver process. Williams rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries this preseason.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Cowboys RB Ryan Williams rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries against the Dolphins Saturday.

Williams was impressive again, showing good burst and finishing strong all night. He now has 112 yards on 25 carries (4.48 YPC) this preseason. Depending on the severity of Joseph Randle's oblique injury, Williams could open the season at the Cowboys' No. 3 running back.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:29:00 PM

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10Chase Rettig
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15Keshawn Hill
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22Daniel Thomas
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7Brad Smelley
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