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Williams wants to be “irreplaceable”

Posted by Darren Urban on July 23, 2012 – 2:49 pm

There are still plenty of people high on running back Ryan Williams (yes, I know he was the second back taken last year too) but none moreso that Williams himself. I mean that in a good way. Talking to him earlier this summer about his comeback, there was something he said that stuck with me. This is the kind of mindset, more than anything, that makes me believe he can return all the way. He’ll still need to prove it on the field, of course. But he wants, more than anything, to be important to his team.

“You can be, ‘My favorite running back is Adrian Peterson, but that kid Ryan Williams, that’s the guy,’ ” Williams said. “I want to be the guy that somehow, some way, you can’t leave out.

“I’m not a statistical guy. I could care less about breaking records. Records are meant to be broken. But when I step on the field, I want defenses to feel like, ‘Watch out for number 34.’ And I want our coaches to feel like, ‘That’s an irreplaceable dude right there.’ If 34 is not on the field, we are losing some type of dimension.’ I want to feel that it matters when I am on the field.

Players are in town today and report to Flagstaff tomorrow. #CardsCamp has arrived.


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16 Responses to “Williams wants to be “irreplaceable””

  1. By Nick Pepe on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I want to have that feeling too!!!
    The Monday before…….. Training camp!!
    Let the fun begin.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  2. By Jesus on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,
    just a question the tickets for the games against the Eagles and the Dolfins can only be purchased throught the protect the nest package. or will those be available through the single game tickets?

  3. By Don Zerbst on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve waited all off-season in anticipation of the return of “Little Sweetness” and the rest of the Cards roster…Ryan may you have a fantastic season and may the Cards have one as well! Welcome back! Go Cards!

  4. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Williams seems to have a tremendous fear of failure.
    Still on track Darren, for the season opener?

    Have a safe trip up the hill and don’t pull a Ben Patrick.

  5. By truths4all on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I am ready for Williams to walk the walk and run the run. Prove it and back up the talk on the field in real games and all of this talk will be OK.

  6. By Marble on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta love his passion. There’s a reason the whole team gathered around him when he got carted off the field last year. I’ve never seen a rookie get that kind of respect; surprisingly before the season even started. Which tells you his teammates have seen something us fans haven’t really been able to witness yet.. Can’t wait!

  7. By Mr Robles on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Great mindset

  8. By Darren Urban on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Jesus —

    RE: Single-game seats

    For now, Protect The Nest is the only option.

  9. By Darren Urban on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Williams

    I assume he is on track. We’ll have a clearer picture in a day or two.

  10. By joe67 on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    How far is Flagstaff from Phoenix?

  11. By Darren Urban on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    joe67 —

    RE: Phoenix to Flagstaff

    About a two-hour drive north on I-17.

  12. By BiRdBrAiN1974 on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s all stay healty and see what we can do then.

  13. By Showme4570 on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    It seems to me that our opposition wasn’t all that worried about our running game last year, but that may simply be the QB play. With Williams at 100% I think he will have to be accounted for, and that should open up the wide outs, even the slot and TE players. I am looking forward to another playoff run.

  14. By Smoothcardga on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait to see all our backfield weapons set the field ablaze!

  15. By Eazy E on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan is gonna ball this year!

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