Ryan Williams, RB, Cowboys
2014 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Gold
Coming into his fourth season, Ryan Williams has his work cut out for him to remove the stigma of being injury-prone. Williams, highly regarded out of Virginia Tech in the 2011 NFL Draft, had so many injuries during his time with the Arizona Cardinals that he makes Darren McFadden and Ryan Matthews look as if they are made of armor. It remains to be seen if the former Hokies back can jumpstart his career. For now, he is battling for one of the last roster spots on the team and has no fantasy value until he can prove he can stay on the field for an extended period of time.
At least one running back in Dallas is under contract. While DeMarco Murray's future may be up in the air, former practice-squad RB Ryan Williams has signed a two-year deal with America's Team. Selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by Arizona, Williams will receive a $240,000 signing bonus and a yearly salary of $750,000 from the Cowboys. Williams had a lot of heat coming out of Virginia Tech, but his career came to a screeching halt after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee on his first run of a 2011 preseason game.Fantasy Analysis:
An explosive runner with great vision, Williams has a ton of potential. However, he has a history of putting the ball on the carpet and being carted off the field. Still, at only 24 years old, Williams' capacity for growth remains bountiful. His promotion from the Cowboys' practice squad may not mean much for Murray or RB Joseph Randle, but it could negatively affect RB Lance Dunbar's future with the team. It's unlikely that the Cowboys will spend $1.575 million to tender Dunbar, which means Williams could have a chance to compete with Randle for touches. Depending on how the Dallas backfield shakes out, Williams has an opportunity to steal all sorts of thunder.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors1/31 - Cowboys lock up RB Ryan Williams for two years
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