Ryan Williams | RB | Arizona Cardinals
Posted: 2/24/2014 2:06pm et
The Arizona Cardinals will give RB Ryan Williams a chance to make the team in camp, but he's no lock. He missed the entire preseason due to injury last year and was a healthy scratch all 16 games. 'It's very hard to become a player during the season when you miss the entire preseason,' head coach Bruce Arians said. 'He did impressive things on the scout team. The big thing, he came to work every day. The consistency of showing up to work every day - that will be the big thing for him in training camp this year.'
Huddle Up: Williams' injury history suggests that even if he does get a shot he can't be banked on. The Cardinals found other backfield options last season in Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor, so Williams will be competing for a backup gig at best.
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.