FLAGSTAFF, AZ - JULY 31: Runningback Ryan Williams of the Arizona Cardinals watches practice at the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on July 31, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NFL skill players tend to have something in common -- they are selfish. Wide receiver to be thrown the ball every down. Quarterbacks don't want to hand the ball off; they would rather sling the ball around. Running backs want the ball every down. This is probably the case with Ryan Williams.
However, he is also a great teammate and is not too proud to say that he is okay with sharing the load with another player. In this case, it is Beanie Wells, who is also recovering from knee surgery, a scope he had done in the offseason. With Beanie coming back, Williams said that he doesn't feel any extra pressure.
"I don't feel any pressure," said Williams after practice on Wednesday. "Whatever's given, I'll have to take it. Beanie will be back and be himself. I'm ready to do a on-two punch and that's about it."
How does he see himself in this duo?
"I'm the agile quick kind of guy," he said. He spoke of the run that Beanie had against the Minnesota Vikings, when he knocked off cornerback Cedric Griffin's helmet. "I would like to do that, but I'm not sure I can," said Williams.
Beanie, with some other comments said how Williams should want to be on the field and get all the carries. Williams was more nonchalant about the though of sharing. "I'm fine with it," he said. "You know I ran a one-two-three punch my last year at Tech (Virginia Tech). Whatever I can do to contribute to the team's success, then that's what I'm about."
That is where you have to smile. Obviously the prideful side of him wants to get the ball and rush 25-30 times a game. He wants to have a legacy like Walter Payton. But he puts the team first. Even Larry Fitzgerald wasn't this team-centric at this point in his career.
The more I hear and see Williams, the more I am convinced he is going to truly be something special for this team.
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