Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams says he is "running and cutting" and doing things he'd didn't think he'd able to at this stage in his rehab back from rupturing his patella tendon during the 2011 preseason season.
"I kind of feel like the most anticipated player of the year, and (fans) haven't even seen anything but a couple weeks of training camp," Williams said, via the team's official website.
The Cardinals are relying on Williams to become the player they thought they drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Despite starter Beanie Wells still rehabbing from knee surgery, the team did not draft a running back or sign an undrafted rookie running back.
"Coach (John) Lott always puts a bug in my ear," Williams said. "He keeps it honest too. He said, 'If you don't take this opportunity and take it full throttle, I promise next year we are going to (draft) a running back. If you do, we won't see another running back for a couple years. It's up to you.'
"Some people get nervous with stuff like that, but not me. I love challenges like that," Williams said.