When the Arizona Cardinals drafted Ryan Williams in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft, they understandably felt as if they had nabbed their future franchise running back.
A star at Virginia Tech, Williams looked to have many of the intangibles needed for stardom in the league though one nagging problem continued to hold him back.
Often injured, Williams struggled to remain on the field and eventually drew the ire of both the coaching staff and organization before they finally cut ties with the former ACC Rookie of the Year. Quick to pounce were the Dallas Cowboys who signed Williams through training camp.
It was nothing more than an audition, but the New York native impressed and may have been the best running back on the roster outside of DeMarco Murray throughout camp. That was certainly enough to fetch him a roster spot, right? Apparently not as Todd Archer says Ryan Williams did not make the Dallas Cowboys final roster.
Told Ryan Williams did not make the final cuts. Has practice squad eligibility. Commence complaining
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 30, 2014
Of course, Archer did note that Williams does have practice squad eligibility, though, given his talent level it remains to be seen if he’d be willing to accept such. His high level of play likely raised some eyes around the league, though his injury history and a rather deep running back free agent pool could make it difficult to find a team willing to give him any type of guaranteed action, assuming he is to clear waivers.
Dallas will continue to roll with a running back lineup of the aforementioned Murry, Lance Dunbar and Joesph Randle.