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Some Disagreement On Ryan Williams' 44-Yard Run From Saturday

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Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams (34) runs the ball during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University.  Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams (34) runs the ball during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The highlight from Saturday's scrimmage for the fans was the 44-yard run that Ryan Williams had. It got everyone excited, as he is quickly becoming a fan favorite. However, with that play, not everyone was thrilled. The teams were not playing full contact with tackling. They were to get into tackle form and it would be called down.

Patrick Peterson read the play and tapped Williams as he came to the right side and continued on. The play was not called dead. Peterson tried to make the case that Williams was downed at the line of scrimmage.

Williams described the run saying, "I just saw grass and started running as fast as I could." But he gave credit to the offensive line and everyone that blocked. "None of that was really me," he said.

When asked about Peterson "tackling him," Williams said no way.

"I've never seen a tackle being swiped at the ball," said Williams. "So call it what you want."

Peterson, who was asked about it after practice, stood by his claim that it was a tackle, and emphasized how that is not a play he misses during a real game. "I definitely tackled Ryan Williams, but you know, Coach, head man, he said I didn't tag off on him," he explained. "That's what it was."

Coach Whisenhunt was much more diplomatic. "That's kind of hard," he explained. "I liked seeing Ryan rip it off, but I'll look at the tape and have a judgement for you."

From my vantage point on the sideline when the play happened, both were right. Peterson makes that tackle, but he did not give the effort necessary to get the down call on the field for that scrimmage. That's why it wasn't called.

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