Aug 23, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ryan Williams (34) is tackled by Miami Dolphins nose tackle Isaako Aaitui (97) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
5. Running back Ryan Williams
After three unsuccessful and injury-plagued seasons in the NFL, the 24-year old Williams is finally reminding fans why he was a second round pick out of Virgina Tech in 2011. The former Cardinal has put together a nice preseason for the Cowboys so far and appears to be getting stronger with every outing. Saturday night against the Miami Dolphins, Williams rushed for 47 yards on 12 carries. He also hauled-in two passes for 22 yards. More importantly, Williams is displaying a tenacious running-style reminiscent of the great Earl Campbell.
Obviously, Williams has a lot to prove. Number one being that he can actually stay healthy.And leaving last night’s game with a groin injury certainly doesn’t help his cause. But Williams does possess something the Cowboys currently don’t have in their offensive backfield: a true bruiser back.
As I see current back-ups Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle as more finesse backs, and starter DeMarco Murray as more of a combo of the two, Williams’ hard-nosed running style does have a place on this somewhat soft offense. The only question is: Are the Cowboys coaches willing to sacrifice a roster spot for him?