- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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“You’ve got to realize reality,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of cuts coming up soon. I would love to be here. This is my favorite team, but I feel like I’ve been putting out great film.”
A second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, Williams played in only five games in three seasons because of injuries. He signed with the Cowboys in May and has steadily impressed with his running ability.
His workload increased Saturday when Joseph Randle suffered an oblique injury.
“We were going to split time, try to get an equal number of reps, but Ryan got a chance to do because of Joseph’s strained oblique and really did a nice job,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He was running the football well.”
Williams’ 12 carries were the most he has had in a game since carrying it 14 times on Oct. 4, 2012, against the St. Louis Rams. With the stifling heat and extra work, Williams had to leave the game in the fourth quarter because of cramps.
“I haven’t played here since like 2010,” said Williams, referencing his days at Virginia Tech. “I forgot what it was like. I had to take my visor off. I cramped up a little bit. A lot of us had cramps today, I was just hoping I wasn’t one of them, but I was.”
Williams will get another chance to show what he can do Thursday against the Denver Broncos … for the Cowboys or anybody else.
“The opportunity was there and I felt like I capitalized on it,” he said.