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Cowboys Taking a Chance on Cardinals' Reject Ryan Williams

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Ryan Williams of the Arizona Cardinals on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 34-22. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Williams

    The Cowboys have acquired the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft in exchange for … nothing.

    In the world of risk/reward, the signing of running back Ryan Williams makes sense. Three years ago he had enough skill and talent coming out of Virginia Tech to be drafted early in the second round. After a series of serious injuries and rocky-road comebacks, he’s playing football again with tremendous upside.

    Behind DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys have Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Ben Malena. To make room on the roster for Williams, they this morning cut Baylor's Glasco Martin. In other words, the backup job is open for competition.

    Williams played just five games over three seasons before the Cardinals finally gave up and cut him last week. He missed the ’11 season after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee. In ’12 he played five games before a season-ending shoulder injury. And he sat out all of ’13 rehabbing both his knee and shoulder.

    If he’s healthy again, Williams could be a steal. But, then again, picking scraps of Arizona’s junk pile is hardly a blueprint to build a football roster.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.