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RB Williams impressing Cardinals with special will

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By Dan Arkush

We hear RB Ryan Williams is right on schedule, if not a little bit ahead, in his recovery from the torn right patella tendon that wiped out his rookie campaign. “They were thrilled that he was able to participate in 11-on-11 drills at the mandatory mini, and the medical staff just raves about his work ethic,” said one source on the scene of Williams, the team’s surprising second-round draft pick last season.

As good as he’s looking, we hear the team is still being very cautious with Williams and is planning on limiting his snaps in training camp. Once the regular season gets underway, though, it could be a different story.

“It all depends on Beanie (No. 1 RB Beanie Wells),” the source said. “They definitely want Williams to push Beanie and keep him motivated. ‘Whiz’ (head coach Ken Whisenhunt) has always been a proponent of the two-back system, so in a perfect world, Williams will be a factor.”

Ideally, Williams, who made a major impression before getting hurt last summer with his shiftiness and ability to change direction on a dime, will be the same kind of complement as Tim Hightower was to Wells before signing with the Redskins.

“It’s a valid comparison,” the source said. “Williams has more quickness and vision, while Hightower was probably a bit more powerful. One thing about Williams is the single-mindedness he is showing coming back from the injury. With Beanie having failed to show real consistency week-by-week up to now, Williams' will could end up working in his favor.”

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