Arizona Cardinals Need to be Very Careful with RB Ryan Williams

By Kase Brammer
Ryan Williams
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Injuries are part of the game most players do not even want to think about. Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams missed his entire rookie season because of an injury. When Beanie Wells went on injured reserve this season, he was given a chance to start. Unfortunately for him, he went down again and was lost for the season.

I’m a huge fan of second chances, but when it comes to a running back’s knees, I think I will pass. There is very little upside for the Cardinals even if Williams can stay healthy.

“I’ve got the label of damaged goods,” Williams admits. (From

He is definitely right about that. There is just no way he can come in with the confidence necessary to play the game at the high level the new coaching staff is expecting. Even if his rehab is going swimmingly, the Cardinals cannot sit on a running back who has a label of “damaged goods”.

They absolutely must sign a veteran running back to come in and handle the bulk of the load until they are confident Williams can stay healthy for a 16 game schedule. I’m not saying this is his last chance to show the NFL what he has, but it’s the last chance he will have with the Cardinals.

I will say this again, the Cardinals absolutely cannot waste their first round pick on a running back or quarterback. I’m even hesitant to take one in the second round, but if a good one falls that hard like I am expecting, it would not be a bad idea to have somebody learn for a year with Head Coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals need more loud veteran leadership on the offense. Right now, they just don’t have anybody.

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