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May 18, 2014

Ryan Williams will compete for a running back spot behind Murray

Ryan Williams will get the chance in Dallas he didn't get in Arizona because of injuries. Williams agreed to terms with the Cowboys on Saturday, though Jason Garrett said Sunday night the team still was contemplating who to release.

"We just think he’s a good football player," Garrett said Sunday night at the team's 10th annual Taste of the NFL. "He was a guy we regarded very highly coming out in the draft. He was one of the best backs in the draft that year, and somebody we thought a lot of. He’s gone there, and he’s had some injuries. He had injuries in ’11 and ’12. Then, he was injury-free last year but just didn’t play because of what their running-back situation was and their roster makeup. But he’s someone when we watched him on tape, he played mostly in 2012, before he hurt his shoulder, and he looks like the back we saw coming out of school. We did our due diligence, and we feel like bringing in a guy like that in to compete at that running back spot is good for our team."

The Cardinals made Williams the 38th overall pick in 2011, but injuries limited him to only five games in three seasons. He has 164 career yards on 58 carries.

Dallas had four running backs on its roster last season, with DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar returning this season. Phillip Tanner was not re-signed. Texas A&M's Ben Malena and Baylor's Glasco Martin are on the roster as undrafted free agents.

-- Charean Williams

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