Former Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams had an “impressive” workout for the Dallas Cowboys today. With a muddled backfield the Cowboys would benefit from his experience and passion for the game.
Williams missed his rookie season with a ruptured patella tendon and then missed 11 games in 2012 after a serious shoulder injury.
It is obvious that Williams has had his run-ins with the injury bug, but he sat out last year to rest and heal himself physically and mentally.
“Every ounce of blood in my body, man, every inch of skin,” Williams said. “I want to come in this game and leave it with a legacy. Not a legacy of being hurt — a legacy of being a guy you can talk about for years to come as far as being one of your favorite running backs.”
From those statements, it seems as though his mind is right. The Cowboys need a guy like this who has seen his share of ups and downs. He doesn’t take things for granted. He is battle tested, mentally tough and is willing to work to make his name in the NFL.
Right now, Dallas has a backfield that features DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar.
This backfield has a lot of potential, but also packs a lot of uncertainty with youth and injuries.
Some might think adding Williams wouldn’t mean much. He hasn’t rushed for an NFL touchdown, and has notched only 58 professional carries.
While at Virginia Tech he rushed for over 2,000 yards with 30 touchdowns. I think, when healthy, Dallas feels like his ceiling is very high and can be a key piece to their team.
It isn’t about a lack of motivation, determination, or passion for Williams. He has the intangibles, he just needs to stay on the field. Those characteristics shouldn’t be taken for granted. He has a solid foundation for success and if the Cowboys sign him, they may have found a diamond in the rough.