24-Year-Old Running Back – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Knee and shoulder injuries limited Williams to just five games and 164 yards rushing two years ago as a rookie, and he didn't see any game action at all in 2013. He'll try to kickstart his career in 2...
Ryan Williams Contract Information:
Waived by the Cowboys in August of 2014.
Williams has been added to the Cowboys' practice squad, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Williams evidently looked good in his Saturday workout with the Cowboys, as they added him to the roster shortly afterward. The former second-round pick out of Virginia Tech looked like a talented player before suffering a patellar tendon tear in 2011, but his durability and effectiveness have been badly compromised since. He was a healthy scratch for all of last year, which isn't an encouraging sign, but Dallas doesn't have much running back depth aside from DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar. Joseph Randle was not effective as a rookie fifth-round pick last year.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Williams was the odd man out with the Cards, with Andre Ellington slated to work as their starter and Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor also in the mix. After being inactive for 16 games last season, Williams (selected 38th overall in 2011) will look to re-prove his health, and in doing so, land a chance to contribute to another team's backfield.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Williams, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, is coming off a season in which he was a healthy scratch in all 16 games. Meanwhile, taking on the backfield reps for the majority of 2013 were the veteran Rashard Mendenhall and rookie dynamo Andre Ellington. The former is a free agent and may take his talent elsewhere, but Ellington will enter training camp as the clear-cut, No. 1 RB. Among those remaining on the roster, Williams' main competition is Stepfan Taylor, a 2013 draft selection, but whoever lands the primary backup gig will still figure into the offense regularly, in order to keep Ellington's health intact. Williams could very well be that player, despite just five appearances scattered across his first three NFL campaigns, all in 2012.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A ruptured patella tendon cost Williams his rookie season in 2011, and a shoulder injury limited him to just five games last year. When he did see the field, the 5-9, 207-pound Williams was mostly awful, with a woeful 2.8 YPC average and two fumbles on 58 rushes. Beanie Wells is no longer around, but new coach Bruce Arians has brought in veteran Rashard Mendenhall – with whom he has ties from his days as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator – and drafted Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington. Arians' lack of investment in the talented but fragile 2011-second-round pick might spell doom for Williams in Arizona.
An early selection in the second round of the 2011 draft, Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp. It wasn't your garden variety ACL either, as he tore his patellar tendon, resulting in his kneecap ending up in his thigh with damage to his meniscus as well. The Cardinals didn't sign or draft a running back in the offseason, so they must feel reasonably comfortable with Williams' recovery, especially with Beanie Wells being so injury prone. Arizona went 7-2 over the final nine games last year and added Michael Floyd alongside Larry Fitzgerald, so if Kevin Kolb can make the leap, there's potential for this offense. But Williams enters 2012 firmly behind Wells on the depth chart, and at press time, the Cardinals medical staff reportedly believed Week 3, rather than the start of the season, was a more realistic timetable for Williams' return.
The Cardinals selected Williams early in the second round of the draft, ignoring many other seemingly more pressing needs. The team claims it had Williams rated as the No. 15 player on their board, and the value was too good to pass up, but it also clearly sends a message to incumbent Chris Wells, who had an injury-marred and disappointing second season. After rushing for 1,655 yards with 21 touchdowns in 2009, Williams ran for only 477 yards and nine scores last year, as he became a part of a rotation. He possesses plus vision with strong instincts and hands, but it remains to be seen if he’s more the back who looked like a future star as a Virginia Tech freshman, or the one who disappointed last year. Don’t be surprised if the pick motivates Wells, who shouldn’t be written off yet if he can stay healthy. The coaching staff likely wants Williams to win the job, so he’s the safer choice, but ultimately this probably ends up as a committee.