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Ryan Williams | Running Back | #34

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (38) / ARZ
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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. Tue, Sep 15, 2015 06:16:00 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.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 05:44:00 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.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 11:12:00 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.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 02:51:00 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
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 04:56:00 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.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 08:46:00 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.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 10:15:00 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
Thu, May 28, 2015 01:46:00 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.
Thu, May 7, 2015 12:03:00 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.
Wed, May 6, 2015 05:49:00 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.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 12:02:00 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.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 03:13:00 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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PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Lindley
2Phillip Sims
3Josh Freeman
4Bryan Bennett
5G.J. Kinne
6Johnny Manziel
7Seth Lobato
8Ryan Williams
9Tim Tebow
10Matt Blanchard
11Dan LeFevour
12Pat Devlin
13Garrett Gilbert
14Cody Fajardo
15Shane Carden
16Griffin Neal
17Josh Woodrum
18Max Wittek
19R.J. Archer
20Jerry Lovelocke
21Chase Rettig
22Chandler Harnish
23Dalyn Williams
24Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2Zurlon Tipton
3Toby Gerhart
4Alonzo Harris
5Joique Bell
6LaMichael James
7Anthony Dixon
8Zac Stacy
9Josh Harris
10Don Jackson
11Ross Scheuerman
12Kenneth Harper
13Jawon Chisholm
14Jerome Smith
15Michael Dyer
16Jeremy Stewart
17Karlos Williams
18Stevan Ridley
19Keshawn Hill
20LaVance Taylor
GLB1Joique Bell
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Emil Igwenagu
4Jorvorskie Lane
5Joe Don Duncan
6Henry Hynoski
7Ryan Mueller
8Derrick Coleman
9Patrick Skov
10Soma Vainuku
11Brad Smelley
12Trey Millard
13Jordan Campbell
14Zach Boren
15Kiero Small
16J.C. Copeland
17John Conner
WR11Greg Jennings
2Marques Colston
3Dwayne Bowe
4Preston Parker
5Kris Durham
6Josh Morgan
7Jacoby Ford
8Tyler Davis
9Hakeem Nicks
10Kyle Prater
11Miles Austin
12Reggie Dunn
13Armon Binns
14Carlton Mitchell
15Nick Harwell
16Zach D'Orazio
17Kenzel Doe
18Robert Herron
19Solomon Patton
20Ricky Collins
21Hunter Sharp
22Tevin Reese
23T.J. Graham
24Damaris Johnson
25Damian Williams
26Nate Washington
27Lance Lewis
28Joseph Anderson
29Josh Stewart
30David Porter
31L'Damian Washington
32Josh Harper
33Tyler Murphy
34Marquez Clark
35Travis Labhart
36Donatella Luckett
37Jeff Beathard
38Tyler McDonald
39Ezell Ruffin
40DaVaris Daniels
WR21Roddy White
2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Devin Hester
5Denarius Moore
6Marcus Thigpen
7Ace Sanders
8Ryan Broyles
9A.J. Jenkins
10Emory Blake
11Joe Morgan
12Austin Pettis
13Jacoby Jones
14Onterio McCalebb
15Mike Brown
16Andre Debose
17Tandon Doss
18Jimmie Hunt
19Mike Williams
20Devante Davis
21Devon Wylie
22Milton Williams III
23Michael Preston
24Phil Bates
25Clyde Gates
26Marcus Harris
27Ryan Lankford
28Isiah Ferguson
29Daniel Rodriguez
30James Butler
31David Glidden
32Paul Browning
33Austin Willis
34Titus Davis
35Andre Davis
36Demetrius Wilson
37Josh Reese
38Trevor Harman
39Saalim Hakim
40Juron Criner
41Tom Nelson
42Leonard Hankerson
43Trindon Holliday
44Chris King
45Christion Jones
WR31Riley Cooper
2Marques Colston
TE1Owen Daniels
2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Kyle Miller
6Matt Spaeth
7Chase Ford
8Beau Gardner
9Mickey Shuler
10D.J. Williams
11Mike McFarland
12Rob Blanchflower
13Jacob Maxwell
14Nick Kasa
15Chase Dixon
16Richard Gordon
17Steve Maneri
18Cameron Clear
19David Paulson
20Brandon Barden
21Kevin Greene
22Gerell Robinson
23Jack Tabb
24Dan Light
25Jordan Thompson
26Jake Murphy
27Jay Rome
28Ryan Taylor
29Brett Brackett
30Michael Egnew
31Adrien Robinson
LT1Eugene Monroe
2Charles Brown
3Cameron Bradfield
4Pierce Burton
5Will Beatty
6Micah Hatchie
7Jason Fox
8Tyson Chandler
9Jake Long
10David Hedelin
LG1Ben Grubbs
2Edawn Coughman
3Ben Heenan
4Antoine Everett
5Lene Maiava
6Isiah Cage
7Adrian Bellard
8Tanner Hawkinson
9Darren Keyton
C1Manuel Ramirez
2Sam Brenner
3Julian Vandervelde
4Braxston Cave
5Trevor Robinson
6James Stone
7Brian De La Puente
8Ben Clarke
9Quinton Schooley
RG1Louis Vasquez
2Todd Herremans
3Garrett Gilkey
4Leon Brown
5Paul Fanaika
6Jared Smith
7Nick Becton
8Adam Replogle
9Malcolm Bunche
10Ryker Mathews
11Donovan Williams
12Matt Rotheram
13Mike McQueen
RT1Kevin Graf
2Tayo Fabuluje
3Adrian Bellard
4Patrick Miller
5Kona Schwenke
6Zeth Ramsay
7Lamar Holmes
K1Josh Scobee
2Shaun Suisham
3Brandon Bogotay
4Kyle Brindza
5Brad Craddock
6Carey Spear
7Billy Cundiff
8Jaden Oberkrom
9Nick Rose
10Mike Meyer
11Andrew Furney
12Justin Manton
13Corey Acosta
14Marshall Morgan
15Jonathan Brown
16Tom Obarski
17Ty Long