Darren McFadden is not the only Dallas Cowboys running back looking for redemption and an opportunity to finally live up to expectations as part of the team’s quest to find a replacement for the departed DeMarco Murray.
Ryan Williams fits the bill too.
He was a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, but had his time there cut short because of a torn patella tendon.
Williams spent last season the Cowboys practice squad and has declared himself healthy.
“I’m ready to come out and ball,” Williams said after organized team activities practice on Wednesday. “I’m trying to make plays.”
Williams missed some time during the off-season because of arthroscopic knee surgery. He wants it clear that it wasn’t the same knee as the previously-injured patella and it was simply a clean-up process, nothing major.
Williams has looked impressive in practice. He is considered the dark horse for the starting job that lists Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden as the favorites.
Williams could always run. The thing he needed to work on and get better at was blocking in pass protection. For that, he is grateful for the year he got to spend watching Murray play.
“After watching Demarco last year I can honestly say that’s the best blocking back I have ever seen,” Williams said. “To fill his shoes, we have to be able to block like him.”
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