Ryan Williams | RB | Arizona Cardinals
Posted: 10/8/2013 11:33pm et
It appears as though Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams will stay inactive on game days unless there is an injury to a running back ahead of him on the depth chart. RB Stepfan Taylor has added value because of his importance on special teams.
Huddle Up: The star-crossed career for the 2011 2nd-round pick continues as Williams has only played in 5 games in 3 seasons. Barring a drastic reversal of fortune over the final 12 weeks, a change of scenery looks to be Williams' only chance of making something out of his NFL tenure.
Posted: 9/11/2013 12:40am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams is now listed fifth on the running back depth chart behind (in order) RBs Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington. Ellington is listed fourth despite having eight offensive snaps to Taylor's zero in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: The star-crossed career of the Cards' 2011 2nd-round pick continues as he's now played in only 5 out of a possible 33 games in his career.
Posted: 9/5/2013 10:15am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams is listed as the primary backup to RB Rashard Mendenhall on the team's initial regular season depth chart heading into Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams. Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday, Sept. 4, that Williams is 'full speed.'
Huddle Up: Williams has had trouble staying on the field throughout his NFL career, including this preseason. When healthy he'll battle Rashard Mendenhall for carries; the trick for him is that there hasn't been a whole lot of "when healthy" time.
Posted: 8/26/2013 10:46am et
The Arizona Cardinals are shopping RB Ryan Williams.
Huddle Up: Williams hasn't been able to stay healthy long enough to make an impression in Arizona. Meanwhile, Rashard Mendenhall is the Cardinals' starter, with Stepfan Taylor making a push for playing time as well.
Posted: 8/22/2013 3:17pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams (knee) will participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 22. The hope is he will be available for the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: Don't tell Williams the preseason doesn't mean anything as the oft-injured 3rd-year back is fighting for his place on the revamped Arizona RB depth chart. He needs to not only get on the field Saturday, but he needs to show the new coaching staff something when he does.
Posted: 8/20/2013 12:03am et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said RB Ryan Williams (knee) is not expected to play in the team's third preseason game. Arians indicated Williams needs to start playing if he wants to make the final roster.
Huddle Up: The gauntlet has been laid down by the Cards' coach, who must be noted, wasn't around when the team spent a 2nd-round pick on the oft-injured Williams in 2011. And with the team drafting Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington in April, there's a lot less wiggle room now for Williams, who has yet to play this preseason.
Posted: 8/2/2013 5:29pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams (knee) continues to sit out practice and does not have a timetable for his return. He said he is dealing with irritation of the fatty pad below the patellar tendon and that rest is the only way to get rid of the irritation.
Huddle Up: The star-crossed Williams has played in 5 games in 2 seasons, and that's a big reason why the Cards signed free-agent Rashard Mendenhall and drafted Stepfan Taylor (5th round) and Andre Ellington (6th). Mendenhall is projected to start, and if Williams continues to have trouble staying on the practice field, look for Taylor and/or Ellington to bypass him on the depth chart.
Posted: 7/29/2013 5:09pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams (knee) will not participate in practice Monday, July 29, because of an issue with his knee. Williams will receive a second opinion on his knee.
Huddle Up: This was in case you were still harboring any fantasies that Ryan Williams will ever have any fantasy significance.
Posted: 5/2/2013 9:41pm et
Arizona Cardinals rookie RB Stepfan Taylor will compete with holdover Ryan Williams for playing time this year behind RB Rashard Mendenhall. As The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers suggests, Taylor isn't a very fast running back, but he's elusive and durable. Williams has had serious injuries in each of the past two years.
Huddle Up: It was a shoulder injury that cut Williams' season short after 5 games last year, and he finished with 164 yards on 58 carries. Now enter the free-agent Mendenhall and Taylor, a fifth-round pick, and the Cards suddenly have options if Williams can't make it through another campaign.
Posted: 2/22/2013 1:04pm et
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said the team is expecting big things from RB Ryan Williams. "We watched him against Philadelphia," Keim said, "We watched him against New England, his lateral quickness, his natural run skills, his avoidability is something he brings to the table. Plus he's a three-down back. We're expecting big things out of Ryan moving forward."
Huddle Up: If Williams is able to stay healthy and on the field, he could live up to Arizona's expectations. Of course, the Cardinals need to upgrade their offensive line and address their quarterback issues as well to give Williams a chance, but he certainly seems to be considered Arizona's feature back heading into the 2013 season.
Posted: 2/12/2013 11:08pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams (knee, shoulder) is confident he can make his way back from a second season-ending injury in as many years in the NFL. His rookie season ended when he ruptured his right patella tendon in the preseason, and his second season ended after the fifth game when he suffered a coracoids process fracture to his left shoulder in a game against the St. Louis Rams. He admitted Tuesday, Feb. 12, that he is worried about his spot on the roster. 'Who wouldn't?,' Williams asked.
Huddle Up: Fortune certainly hasn't been with Williams, the former first-round pick, but durability is a big part of a RB's job description. And as a result of his injuries, Williams has been limited to only 164 yards on 58 carries (2.8 average) in 2 seasons and the Cards are no doubt weighing Williams' medical prognosis as you are reading this.
Posted: 1/18/2013 10:41pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is reportedly a big fan of RB Ryan Williams, and he lit up when speaking about the tailback's ability Friday, Jan. 18. Both Arians and Williams are Virginia Tech alumni.
Huddle Up: Sharing an alma mater doesn't hurt; neither does "competing" with Beanie Wells. Look for Williams to sit atop the Arizona depth chart heading into training camp, though the Arizona offensive line needs a serious upgrade before any of their backs warrant serious fantasy attention.