His best bet to crack the rotation this season was to be a multi-dimensional player, meaning Williams would’ve had to play on special teams, as well. A knee injury during training camp forced him off the field and didn’t allow Williams the opportunity to prove to coach Bruce Arians that he could be valuable to Arizona at more than running back. It ultimately cost him the season.
Williams has been inactive for all 11 games this year and running backs coach Stump Mitchell doesn’t see an opportunity, barring injury, for Williams to crack the rotation.
“We’re really only going to play two or three guys unless that back is a major part of special teams,” Mitchell said. “And at this point, we can’t experiment on special teams. Had he been able to [practice], he may have had the opportunity to be up. If he’s up he has the opportunity to be in the ball games.
“He’ll have that opportunity again next year.”
Williams said he was part of the special-teams package before the knee started bothering him again, but understands what Mitchell said.
“As of now, since we got a lot of capable running back, I would say it hurt my chances because the majority of everybody on the team does special teams,” Williams said.
He’s not frustrated, instead just waiting his turn.
“Just like B.A. said at the beginning of the season, everybody has a role on this team,” Williams said. “And I think I figured my role out, and that’s it, I’m just going to continue to work hard.
What is that role?
“Be the best player I can be for this team. Point blank.”