Ryan Williams, the former second-round pick who played only five games in three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals because of injuries, provided glimpses of the potential that made him so highly regarded coming out of Virginia Tech.
Williams carried five times for 36 yards in the quarter. The highlights were a 27-yard run on which he ran right over a Baltimore Ravens safety and a 3-yard touchdown run that featured what hyperbole-prone owner and general manager Jerry Jones called an “Emmitt Smith cut.”
“He helped himself, there’s no question about that,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s a good runner. He and I have had some conversations over the course of training camp, and sometimes guys just need to get the weight of the world off their shoulders and just go play and play with a passion and a spirit.
“He certainly did that tonight, and we saw him break tackles, run over guys and just play with that elusiveness that we saw in him coming out of school.”
Ryan Williams might not make the team still. Rick Gosselin feels the team could only keep four players, and being that Joseph Randle is a better special teamer, Williams still might be the odd man out.
Question: Will the Cowboys keep four running backs? If not, who is sent out the gate?
Gosselin: Joseph Randle is better at special teams than Ryan Williams. I think that will be the deciding factor. Besides, why have four running backs — even three running backs — if you’re not going to run the football?
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