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Dallas Cowboys new running back Ryan Williams ready to prove himself

When the Arizona Cardinals drafted running back Ryan Williams out of Virginia Tech, they expected him to blossom into a star. However, something bad happened along the way. The second round pick from 2011 fell to a ruptured tendon injury in his rookie preseason and never won back favor from the coaching staff, especially after a shoulder injury ended his second season. In an interview with the Dallas Cowboys official website, Ryan Williams said that Thursday night’s preseason game is what he has been waiting on.

Dallas Cowboys new running back Ryan Williams ready to prove himself
Dallas Cowboys new running back Ryan Williams ready to prove himself
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Dallas Cowboys new running back Ryan Williams ready to prove himself
Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Williams, a former second round draft pick, has never been able to show anyone what he is capable of in the NFL thanks to injuries. Playing with the Dallas Cowboys in preseason football games will allow the world to see what he can do on the field, as long as he avoids another major injury. The interesting thing about the Cowboys signing Williams now is that they planned on drafting him in the second round in 2011 before Arizona beat them to the punch.

Things won’t be easy for Williams in Dallas this preseason. DeMarco Murray is the established starter and proved in 2013 that he could be a superstar in the NFL. Lance Dunbar is a very exciting player that Dallas hopes could become a light version of Reggie Bush in their play calling schemes. Ryan Williams will have to beat out last year’s Dallas Cowboys’ NFL Draft pick Joseph Randle to earn a spot on the roster. It is an uphill battle, but Williams is ready for it.

Ryan Williams knows he will play a lot for the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason game with the San Diego Chargers. DeMarco Murray won’t play much at all and Lance Dunbar will get pulled early as well. That means that Williams and Randle will battle blow-for-blow for that coveted third running back spot. Williams said he plans to make plays and prove that he can contribute.

The Dallas Cowboys open their preseason against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. The game kicks off at 9:00 p.m. CST and will air nationwide on the NFL Network and locally on CBS 11.