“Ryan has a chance this year,” Arians told the team's website. “He went into training camp (last year) and missed the entire preseason. It’s very hard to become a player during the season when you miss the entire preseason. He did impressive things on the scout team. The big thing, he came to work every day. The consistency of showing up to work every day, that will be the big thing for him in training camp this year.”
Williams is a 2011 second-round pick whose first two seasons were all but a wash because of injuries, and he barely made the roster in 2013 but ended up inactive for all 16 games.
"Ryan is a tremendous talent," general manager Steve Keim said. "He's a guy who still, on the practice field, shows us the movement skills, the run ability, the change of direction is fantastic. Obviously he has had to battle injuries, which has probably been his biggest issue. And last year, bringing in Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington and the impact both of those players made instantly put Ryan on the backburner. "He's a guy we still have hopes for. He's still got the ability and I think Bruce (Arians) just wants him to put it all together."
The report says Williams is due a salary of about $1 million this season, with a cap hit of $1.5 million. Releasing him would save $1 million.
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