We’ve heard the rumors of the Dallas Cowboys possibly signing the injury-plagued Ryan Williams, who was recently cut from the Arizona Cardinals, but should anyone really care about it? Maybe we should, because the Cowboys are giving him a full workout to give him a shot at coming into camp.
A healthy, motivated Williams would be intriguing to see, as he’d be fighting for a roster spot at a position where the Cowboys are absolutely open to bringing in some additional talent. We’ve seen too many injuries at the running back position for the Cowboys to not be open to signing Williams, especially if he’s able to stay healthy.
That’s the real question though — whether or not he can stay healthy and be a productive back in the NFL. We haven’t seen enough of him to have any idea on how he’d do against an NFL defense, as he missed his rookie season due to a knee injury, and then missed the 2012 season with a shoulder injury. There have been reports that Williams’ recovery has been “phenomenal”, and if that’s the case, then this could be an excellent move by the Cowboys.
Why you ask? Because we have absolutely no idea what the upside of this guy is, and we also don’t know the future of the running back position in Dallas.
DeMarco Murray is a potential free agent, and although I believe the Cowboys will find a way to keep him in Dallas, he’s had his own share of injury issues. Lance Dunbar looks to have great upside, but the Cowboys have been bringing in undrafted free agents at the RB position in Ben Malena from Texas A&M and Glasco Martin from Baylor. Josh Harris from Wake Forest and Jyruss Edwards from Louisiana-Monroe got offered tryouts as well.
The real intrigue about Williams comes from his college numbers though; as a junior at Virginia Tech, he was able to rush for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns, showing exactly what he’s really capable of. If he can show some type of upside, then it would definitely be in Dallas’ best interest to look at possibly signing the free agent running back.