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Keim says Ryan Williams was outperformed by other tailbacks

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So what happened with former Cardinals running back Ryan Williams, a second-round pick in 2011 whom the team cut last week?

In the mind of G.M. Steve Keim, it was a simple analysis.

“I think you always want to try to always give the player the benefit of the doubt and try to see the process through,” Cardinals Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Tuesday.  “He was bit early with the injury bug, then he came back and he was healthy.

“Quite frankly, [coach] Bruce [Arians] and his staff gave him several opportunities last season, and quite frankly, he was outperformed by some of the younger backs on our roster. . . .  You had guys like Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor come in and play as well as they did, and Rashard [Mendenhall] still had some gas left in the tank.  [Williams] just couldn’t get on the field, and really, in my mind, was just outperformed when it was all said and done.”

The move came as the Cardinals added a pair of running backs as undrafted free agents — Tim Cornett and Zach Bauman.  Williams was quickly signed by the Cowboys.

Williams, who missed all of his rookie season due to injury, gained 164 yards in 2012 but didn’t appear in a single game last year.

The development suggests that Arians simply didn’t believe in Williams, who’ll have a chance in Dallas to prove the Cardinals wrong.

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12 Responses to “Keim says Ryan Williams was outperformed by other tailbacks”
  1. motobus says: May 20, 2014 10:20 PM

    He was. Ellington did really well last year.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: May 20, 2014 10:23 PM

    My favorite metric for evaluating an NFL RB is how well he performs when he has the ball in his hands after his number is called in a live NFL game and when he is healthy and ready to deliver.

    But it’s hard to compare the data if you don’t establish any data set. I learned this from Michael Faraday’s approach to science as featured on Cosmos, it worked out well for him to figure things out once he decided there were questions that needed answers.

    So the Cowboys get to rub off that scratch off ticket. Good luck and hope it’s a winner!

  3. Eli Pacheco says: May 20, 2014 10:27 PM

    He’ll probably gain 1,000 yards in Dallas, and the Cowboys will still go 7-9.

  4. cguy7 says: May 20, 2014 10:40 PM

    Yeah, they cut him…

  5. fnc111 says: May 20, 2014 10:45 PM

    Cardinals are going to fall back hard this season. Palmer is baaaaaad. Doesn’t matter who their RB’s are going to be. Welcome to a 6-10 season people.

  6. wdcskins says: May 20, 2014 10:52 PM

    Him and Beanie Wells should have been a dynamic duo. Neither guy performed up to expectations, with injuries being the main culprit, though Beanie did get some work in, before wearing out his welcome in Cardinal red. I hope Ryan’s future is brighter than Beanie’s turned out to be; he was very promising, very early on in the desert.

  7. nfl4days says: May 20, 2014 11:03 PM

    Can’t make the club in the tub.

  8. stunzeed5 says: May 20, 2014 11:09 PM

    Underperforming? Sounds like a perfect Cowboy!

  9. stevekinergroup says: May 20, 2014 11:44 PM

    Keim is correct…..

  10. spytdi says: May 21, 2014 2:23 AM

    He’ll get a chance to start some games this year when Murray gets hurt.

  11. tinytoolalldrool says: May 21, 2014 6:39 AM

    I believe in honesty but that was cold.

  12. jwilliamsspf says: May 21, 2014 11:05 AM

    fnc111 says:
    Cardinals are going to fall back hard this season. Palmer is baaaaaad. Doesn’t matter who their RB’s are going to be. Welcome to a 6-10 season people.

    ———

    Haha…do some research. Palmer’s last 8 games in 2013 and compare it to his first 8 games.
    2013 total – 22 interceptions
    First 8 games – 14 interceptions
    Last 8 games – 8 interceptions

    Last 8 games included 4 games with zero interceptions. And 4 of those 8 interceptions came in the win against the Super Bowl Champs, Seahawks in Seattle.

    I think Palmer is only going to get better this year with Arians coaching him. If they fail, it won’t be totally on Palmer’s shoulders.

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