What Can Arizona Cardinals Expect From Ryan Williams in 2013?

By Devin O'Barr
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The Arizona Cardinals have never had a franchise running back and when they drafted Ryan Williams 38th overall in the 2011 NFL draft, they thought their luck had changed. However, the man that calls himself “lil Sweetness” has caused the Cardinals fan base to be nothing but bitter.

Williams has drawn comparisons to his idol Walter Payton, but the Chicago Bears running back wouldn’t be impressed with Williams inability to stay healthy. 2013 was supposed to be the big year for Williams as the Cardinals starting back, Beanie Wells, was battling injury and would have a much lighter load in the backfield.

Fresh off of a torn Patella tendon in 2011, Williams made a minimal impact for the lowly Cards as he played in just five games before going down with a severe shoulder injury.

For the second-straight season, Arizona was left hanging at what could have been. This year Bruce Arians will be at the helm and he has already stated he wants Williams to be the starting back here in his third season. It could very well be a career-year for Williams, but until he is able to stay healthy for a season, I have nothing but doubts for the former Virginia Tech Hookie.

Rashard Mendenhall was acquired this off-season, but he too has injury concerns after tearing his ACL last season while with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Look for Williams to be called a Fantasy Football “sleeper” this Summer. However, he will cause you to lose sleep at night if he only suits up for five games again in 2013.

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