The running back position has been a source of near constant speculation for the Dallas Cowboys ever since DeMarco Murray departed for the Eagles in March.
Just who will replace last season's Offensive Player of the Year is a question that remains unanswered despite the arrival of Darren McFadden and the very public confidence of Joseph Randle.
Indeed, the Cowboys front office have long suggested a 'running back by committee' approach may be implemented for the 2015 season. That potential committee has been reduced by one however, after news today that Dallas have released one of their RBs.
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As reported by ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys have released four-year veteran Ryan Williams as they prepare to begin training camp this week.
Williams, who spent three years with the Arizona Cardinals prior to arriving in Texas in 2014, has struggled massively with injuries in his pro career to date and it appears he has failed to convince Cowboys staff that he is worth keeping on board.
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The Cowboys themselves have confirmed the roster move:
Williams was seen by many as a dark horse to win a role in the Cowboys running back situation moving towards the 2015 season and some Cowboys fans have aired their concerns on Twitter:
With Darren McFadden not averse to a spell on the sidelines, and Joseph Randle having had off-field issues in the past, the timing of the decision to release the former second-round pick is a little odd.
Had the Cowboys cut Williams after he struggled through camp and pre-season there would have been few arguments. Now, whilst he was clearly far from the front runner for to replace Murray, Dallas have robbed themselves of the opportunity to see if he could compete with the likes of Dunbar, Randle and McFadden for a role in this year's offense.
The announcement will of course likely fuel speculation that Dallas are still in the market for a running back - despite what Jerry or Stephen Jones have said so far this summer.
Indeed, only today there were fresh reports that the franchise could be contemplating a move for current free agent Chris Johnson.
As for Ryan Williams, there will now be question marks as to whether he will make it in the NFL.
Having entered the league with over 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns in two years of college football, the 5ft 9 inch back has managed only 164 yards as a pro with a ruptured patella whilst with the Cardinals restricting him ever since.
Just last month he spoke to Dallas Fort Worth Sports Beat about the opportunity in front of him:
Cowboys fans: Who do you want to see at the running book position in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...
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