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Ryan Williams looked like the real deal in his one full season at Virginia Tech. Even in his abbreviated second season he didn't look half bad. His short professional career has been something else entirely. While injuries have had a lot to do with his limited success in the NFL, a recent admission puts his future potential in a dark light.
I can't get hurt while I'm carrying pads...
Williams missed his rookie season due to injury after rupturing his patella tendon in a preseason game. So when the 2012 season kicked off the Cardinals still didn't know what they had in Williams. What they say during the first few weeks of the '12 season--where the Cardinals actually won four in a row--certainly wasn't very encouraging.
Through five games he had 58 carries for a paltry 164 yards averaging a bland 2.8 yards a carry. Recently Williams decided to share a big reason why he did not play well.
He was scared.
Yes, sports fans, a professional football player admitted to playing scared (I almost feel like I should put playing in quotes since he sucked).
“It’s a scary sight being a running back and being scared to run the ball. That’s something that no running back should feel. I was pretty much scared all last year to get the ball in my hands.”
Wow. Umm...how much are defenses loving this, huh? It gets better. He actually described a play that his fear of being hit affected.
“That was my least favorite play, because running to the outside, my whole right side was exposed,” Williams told The Arizona Republic on Thursday. “As soon as I saw (linebacker Takeo) Spikes coming to hit me, I curled up and forgot about the ball. It was something whereI was trying to protect my leg instead of trying to protect the football.
You can't play football or any other sport scared. Do that and the only thing you are guaranteeing is that either you or a teammate are going to get hurt. Sure enough, that happened with Williams. He banged up his shoulder and missed the rest of the season (after Week 5).
Williams called the shoulder injury a good thing because it gave him a chance to heal, but he is going to have the same situation next season. He's going to be coming off an injury. Since he played skittish once before chances are he is going to do it again.
And every defender he faces next season is going to be itching for the chance to test him.
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