Ryan Williams, RB Dallas Cowboys
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Cowboys writer Bryan Broaddus on the running back situation at OTAs:
Joseph Randle took the snaps with the first offense to open practice, but each back got the opportunity to show what they had with the group. If you watch our OTA Live on DallasCowboys.com, the one back that will jump out at you during the team period is Ryan Williams. Williams did not practice on Tuesday, but he took full advantage of the snaps he got on Wednesday. Williams’ best trait is his ability to explode, and he was able to display that for all to see. What I have learned about watching him play is that it doesn’t take much to get him in the open field and into the second level. He was impressive.
Williams is the dark horse in the Cowboys' backfield competition, though durability is a major concern. If he continues to outperform Randle, we'll have to adjust our expectations, but for now we believe Randle has the inside track for the RB1 job.