Ever since Ryan Williams showed up for the Cardinals, he’s talked about being a contributor. He wants to be a player the team can count on to help, but personally, he’s never made it more than that. The word he used was “irreplaceable,” although it was a nebulous sort of thing. He’d be part of the Beanie-‘lil Sweetness combo.
Something changed though, and even Williams sounded a little surprised with himself. Maybe it was missing a whole season, or getting closer to a game that counts, or something. But Williams said he’s done something different this year for the first time since he’s been playing football: Setting a statistical goal.
“I’ve never, ever in my life made a goal,” Williams said. “I want to be healthy. But statistically, I want to get 65 yards a game. If I can do that, I can get 1,000 by the end of the season. And I want 10 touchdowns too. That’s the minimum, though. If I can go out and get 100 (yards in a game), I’m happy with that. But the goal is to average 65.”
Technically, Williams needs to average 62.5 yards a game to reach 1,000 yards, but you get the point. These days, with 16 games, 1,000 isn’t as big a deal as it was when teams played 12 or 14 games. Then again, in this NFL world of shared time at running back, to have a guy get to 1,000 yards when he doesn’t play all the time is significant. (Beanie broke 1,000 yards last season in 14 games, and averaged 4.3 yards a carry, so it was still a notable feat.) To have Williams do it this year, after the injury he suffered, would be a huge feat for the Cardinals.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams
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