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Ryan Williams | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: Virginia Tech
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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

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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

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer does not believe RB Ryan Williams will make the final roster.

Williams has been impressive this preseason (65 yards on 13 carries with seven receptions), but he has been outplayed by second-year back Joseph Randle. Unless the Cowboys decide to keep four running backs, Williams will likely be cut. Finally healthy, Williams will have no shortage of suitors if he hits the open market. He's still only 24 years old.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Ryan Williams rushed for 29 yards on eight carries and caught a team-high five passes for 31 yards in Dallas' preseason opener Thursday night.

DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar were healthy scratches, leaving Joseph Randle as Dallas' starter and Williams as the second back through the rotation. Randle and Williams are in a heated competition for No. 3 running duties. Although it was nice to see Williams so involved in the passing game Thursday night, Randle outplayed him and is in the lead for the third-string position.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 03:26:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 10:52:00 AM

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 flier in deeper redraft leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 12:52:00 PM

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 splitting third-team reps with Joseph Randle and has a chance to be the early-down backup to DeMarco Murray. Williams and Randle are likely competing for one roster spot. With Murray in a contract year, it's possible Dallas will keep four running backs.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 08:38:00 PM

Cowboys signed RB Ryan Williams, formerly of the Cardinals.

Williams reportedly looked impressive in his workout with the Cowboys on Saturday. He adds depth behind DeMarco Murray and will compete with Joseph Randle for the No. 3 running back job, with Lance Dunbar remaining in his change-of-pace role. A former second-round pick, Williams will need to prove he's over his knee issues to earn a roster spot. Williams was a healthy scratch for all 16 games last season and has appeared in just five games since 2011. Still only 24, Williams had legit first-round tape coming out of Virginia Tech.
Sat, May 17, 2014 03:42:00 PM

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 currently has Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar backing up DeMarco Murray.
Fri, May 16, 2014 08:09:00 PM

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. Still 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.
Mon, May 12, 2014 04:03:00 PM