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|Despite having Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower in the backfield, the Cardinals drafted Williams in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft and traded Hightower in the preseason once they were confident that Williams could replace his production. However, a torn patella tendon caused Williams to miss his entire rookie campaign and he will enter 2012 stuck behind Beanie Wells on the depth chart. While Williams is the shiftier of the two backs as well as being the better receiving option, he lacks breakaway speed and cannot match Wells’ size and power in short yardage. Williams appeared to have a chance to unseat Wells as the Cardinals primary threat at running back entering 2011 but the odds of that happening this season appear to be non-existent barring a Wells injury. Of course, Wells hasn’t been a bastion of good health since entering the league in 2009. Williams has some upside but a tore patella tendon is a significant knee injury and he shapes up as a solid handcuff with upside in 2012 and possibly a decent flex option if he can steal a decent number of carries from Wells.
|Lance Dunbar's role in the Cowboys offense -- Sun Jul 13 11:00 am --|
Would likely split time if Murray goes down with an injury
|He'll have the third-down back role. He has the ability to be a change of pace runner for DeMarco Murray. But does this mean he will see a huge role? Not necessarily because I think Murray will still be on the field for the bulk of the game. And if something happens to Murray, I think they would keep Lance Dunbar in the third down role, expand it a little, but use Joseph Randle or Ryan Williams, whoever wins the third back job, as the every-down back. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The opinions of ESPN's Todd Archer who covers the cowboys are worth noting. Dunbar appears to be healed from his knee injury that occurred last November but it appears Murray will be getting the bulk of attention in this offense as long as he remains healthy. Dunbar will likely have more value in PPR leagues.
|Cowboys add RB Ryan Williams -- Sat May 17 8:00 pm --|
Former Cardinals' RB was released Monday
|Ryan Williams wasn’t out of work for long. The former Arizona running back has agreed to terms with the Cowboys after being cut by the Cardinals last Monday. Williams went through a workout Saturday that Dallas head coach Jason Garrett called “impressive.” (Dallas Morning News)|
FF Today's Take: Williams has battled injuries for most of his young three-year career, appearing only in five games. He adds depth to the Cowboys running back position and will battle for snaps with Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle.
|Cardinals cut ties with RB Ryan Williams -- Mon May 12 3:58 pm --|
Inactive for all 16 games last season
|Running back Ryan Williams is no longer in Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' doghouse.
That's because Williams was one of four players released on Monday, the team announced. Williams, a second-round pick in 2011, was by the most notable of the three. His three years with the Cardinals were filled with injuries. He missed his rookie season with a torn right patella tendon. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury five games into his second season. (AZCentral)|
FF Today's Take: Williams injured his knee in training camp last season and never made it back on the field. He's now eligible to be claimed on waivers by any team.