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Ryan Williams | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: Virginia Tech
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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. Aug 8 - 3:26 PM

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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.
Jul 29 - 10:52 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
Jul 12 - 12:52 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.
Jun 13 - 8:38 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.
May 17 - 3:42 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.
May 16 - 8:09 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.
May 12 - 4:03 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Caleb Hanie
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
4Ryan Williams
5D.J. Adams
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Tim Benford
4Jamar Newsome
5Dezmon Briscoe
WR21Terrance Williams
2Dwayne Harris
3Devin Street
4LaRon Byrd
5Chris Boyd
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Jordan Najvar
5Asa Watson
K1Dan Bailey