It wasn’t that long ago when running back Ryan Williams looked to be the Arizona Cardinals tailback of the future. Of course, a multitude of injuries derailed such an idea and Williams eventually found his way off the roster.
The Dallas Cowboys, aware of Ryan Williams’ talent decided to take a gamble on the oft-injured back and so far the results have been very impressive. Williams has played well for the Cowboys during the preseason and more importantly, looks healthy for the first time in a few years.
That should be enough for Ryan Williams to make the Dallas Cowboys final roster, right? Well, not according to ESPN’s Todd Archer who doesn’t believe Williams will make the cut despite his solid play.
Right now, I’d say Williams doesn’t make it. I’m repeating myself, but he duplicates what Joseph Randle does. Last year the Cowboys kept four tailbacks, but Philip Tanner was bigger than their backups and he was a solid special-teamer. Williams isn’t really that.
Of course, Archer does throw in the ‘right now’ suggestion so it’s possible an injury or some other unexpected situation could allow Ryan Williams to stick on the Dallas Cowboys roster, but at the moment it doesn’t look likely.
If he is waived, he shouldn’t be without a job long as he’ll instantly become one of the best (if not the best) available back on the open market. However, he is still an extreme injury risk and it’s understandable why the Cowboys may prefer to let him walk when all factors are considered.