Ryan Williams Fantasy News
Rashard Mendenhall will be every down back
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:36am
Arians said, "I know what he can bring to the table as a runner and a pass protector and also a receiver. He's an every-down player. And I think he's looking forward to having an outstanding season."
After touting Mendenhall in March as a "big back who never has to come out of the game," Arians is now making it clear that the former Steelers first-rounder is a three-down running back.
Mendenhall's early 2012 knee surgery and Achilles tendinitis last season no longer seem to be an issue, according to Arians. We currently rank Mendy at 32, but that's likely to climb a bit. He'll likely be a low-end RB2 option or high end RB3 or flex play most weeks. His ADP is the 7th round. Of course, this means Ryan Williams' value takes a hit and he'll be more of a change of pace option.
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Rashard Mendenhall "clearly" team's RB1
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:05am
Given the one-year deal, the Cardinals (and other teams) may not feel that Mendenhall is completely healthy and want to limit their risk. The deal allows Mendenhall to prove himself and potentially cash in next summer. He will vie with Ryan Williams for touches in the Arizona backfield, but appears to have the inside track to be the team's RB1.
Arians: Rashard Mendenhall is "a legitimate big-time threat"
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 3:13pm
“He’s a legitimate big-time threat every time he touches the ball,” Arians, the Steelers former offensive coordinator, said this morning at the NFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. “He’s a big back who never has to come out of the game. He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet.”
It certainly sounds as if Arians plans to start Mendenhall over Ryan Williams, but we'll know more once we get deeper into summer.
Arians: Mendenhall is an "every-down back"
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:31am
“As a running back he’s the total package,” Arians said in a release by the team. “He’s a big, strong, every-down back with speed who can pass block and also catch the ball. I’ve said before: he’s a big man with little-people feet, meaning he can run like he’s 180 (pounds) but also pound the ball like he’s 230.”
Cardinals sign Rashard Mendenhall to one-year deal
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 2:07pm
Mendenhall was slowed last season by injuries. He tore the ACL in his right knee in Week 17 of the 2011 season and didn't return until Oct. 4 of last season. His return didn't last long, though, as he strained his right Achilles four days later.
The 25-year-old running back has rushed for 3,549 yards and 29 touchdowns in 57 career games.
It's interesting that the deal is only for one year, but the Cardinals (and other teams) may not feel that Mendenhall is completely healthy and want to limit their risk. The deal allows him to prove himself and potentially cash in next summer. He will vie with Ryan Williams for touches in the Arizona backfield. Until the depth chart shakes out, we won't know who is the better fantasy bet for 2013.
Cardinals release Beanie Wells
Monday, March 11, 2013, 4:12pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 2:43pm
“Backs by committee, one of them gets hurt you’ve lost half your committee or a third of your committee,” Arians said. “I like guys who can play every down.”
Arians doesn’t see his running backs as primary receivers. They will get some receptions, yes, but they are there as an extra line of protection so the quarterback has time to look down the field and complete passes for the “big chunks” the new coach loves so much.
“Can they run the football, do they have vision, patience,” Arians asks of his backs. “Second, can they pass protect on second down? Can they pass protect on third down when it really gets complicated?
“Will we throw to the backs? Yeah. But the receivers are the ones paid to catch it.”
Arians is familiar with Ryan Williams, who figures to get first crack at the starting job in Arizona.
Cardinals believe Ryan Williams is a "three-down back"
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:40pm
“[Ryan Williams] has to stay healthy,” Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said. “I actually ran the (Virginia Tech) Pro Day there when all those guys came out and he was a fantastic athlete. He has to get healthy and we’ll see how he fits. But as a running back, he’s got what it takes.”
GM Steve Keim said he has seen Williams rehabbing and sounded optimistic about what the Cards could have.
“He’s a guy that, watching film with Bruce, because he got injured early in the season, you forgot the type of run skills Ryan had,” Keim said. “We watched him against Philadelphia, we watched him against New England, his lateral quickness, his natural run skills, his avoidability is something he brings to the table. Plus he’s a three-down back. We’re expecting big things out of Ryan moving forward.”
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 12:34pm
Following his introductory news conference last week, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked about the team's running game.
“I know that [Ryan Williams] can flat run the football,” Arians said. “I’m a Hokie. I know all about Ryan and I love him.”
Arians attended and played college football at Virginia Tech. Maybe that’s why he never mentioned the guy at the top of the Cardinals’ depth chart: Beanie Wells. Or maybe it was just an oversight.
Wells certainly hopes so, because he’s looking at this coaching change as a chance for a fresh start. Wells finished with career lows in carries (88) and yards (234) this season after spending the first half of the year on IR to heal his surgically repaired knee and, to a lesser extent, a severe case of turf toe.
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11:51am
It sounds as if Williams has a good shot at a big workload if he can get and stay healthy.
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:01am
Cardinals RB Beanie Wells’ four seasons have been defined by injuries. But who replaces him? Ryan Williams finished both of his seasons on injured reserve. LaRod Stephens-Howling is due to be an unrestricted free agent, and the Cardinals have not yet tried to re-sign him. Wells is under contract through 2013.
At this time, the best option appears to keeping him and hoping that he and Williams can stay healthy in 2013. Maybe the situation changes if the team finds running backs in the draft or free agency. But that’s the way it stands now.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 1:09pm
RB Beanie Wells isn’t allowed to formally return to practice until the Cardinals’ off week. And judging from his exasperation Monday by having been placed on the NFL’s new injured reserve/designated to return list in the first place, it only figures.
“It’s so boring sitting at home and watching the games on TV,” he said. “I wish I was out there. I feel like I’m ready to go right now. But I can’t until they activate me, so I’ve just been training really hard on my own, getting ready.”
Wells suffered a server turf toe Week 3 and has to skip the next seven games. He can't play until Nov. 25, but with Ryan Williams lost for the year, and questions about LaRod Stephens-Howling's durability, the Cards could certainly use him. If you have the roster room, or an IR spot, to stash Wells, it may not be a bad idea because he seems ready to go.
Cardinals RB Ryan Williams out for season
Monday, October 8, 2012, 3:58pm
The Cardinals have lost running back Ryan Williams for the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury. Williams, who injured the shoulder in Arizona’s 17-3 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, will require season-ending surgery, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. It’s the second straight year Williams has been hurt. He missed all of his rookie year after tearing his patellar tendon in the preseason.
Williams’ injury further depletes an already-thin position. Beanie Wells (turf toe) will be out at least five more games, leaving the Cardinals with LaRod Stephens-Howling, who has missed the past two games with a hip injury, William Powell and Alfonso Smith. Combined, the three players have 15 carries for 10 yards this season.
Whisenhunt said he feels “good about the guys we’ve got,” but added the Cardinals might look for reinforcements at tailback.
It's unlikely Whisenhunt actually feels good about heading into Week 6 with Stephens-Howling, Powell and Smith filling out his RB depth chart. Expect the Cardinals to explore the free agent market, but it wont much matter who's running behind this Cardinals offensive line. Stephens-Howling has fringe PPR value and Powell is worth a flier, but this is likely to be an ugly running game.
On the plus side, the Cardinals host the Bills in Week 6. The Bills are a top 5 matchup for opposing running backs. After Week 6, things get much tougher with matchups against the Vikings, 49ers and Packers.
Ryan Williams injures shoulder
Friday, October 5, 2012, 9:51am
“I didn’t black out or anything,” Williams said. “No concussion or anything. My whole shoulder went down and went numb. So then I got up, figured it was something with my AC joint. I was like, ‘At least it’s not my leg,’ so shot it up went back out there but coach wouldn’t put me back in the game.
“But it’s just something else I will have to overcome.”
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:15pm