Ryan Williams may have to wait until 2014 to get playing time
Arizona Cardinals’ running back Ryan Williams may have to wait until 2014 to get playing time. The second round draft pick in 2011 has had a difficult time in the NFL.
During the preseason as a rookie, he tore his patella tendon in his right knee and that ended his season. He returned to action during the 2012 season but after several poor performances where he averaged a measly 2.8 yards per carry, he returned to the injured reserve list, this time with a shoulder injury.
He then admitted that he played “scared” during that 2012 season which is entirely understandable when you take into account the severity of the injury he suffered in 2011.
Would it be third time lucky for the talented running back? Not exactly. Williams missed much of training camp when his surgically repaired knee flared up. He returned for the final two preseason games but was one of the last names to make the final roster.
Williams has been inactive for every Cardinals game so far this season. All twelve of them and according to Cardinals running back coach (and former player), Stump Mitchell, he doesn’t see an opportunity where Ryan Williams can see the field this season.
The only realistic chance he had of being a mult-dimensional player who could line up on special teams and contribute.
“We’re really only going to play two or three guys unless that back is a major part of special teams,” Mitchell said. “And at this point, we can’t experiment on special teams. Had he been able to [practice], he may have had the opportunity to be up. If he’s up he has the opportunity to be in the ball games.”
“He’ll have that opportunity again next year.”
Next year is a long time to wait and many Cardinals fans have already lost patience with Williams. With the emergence of Andre Ellington as the dual-threat Williams was drafted to be, he could have a hard time making the roster and there’s no knowing what the Cardinals will do in free agency or the draft.