That doesn't mean the team's brass is concerned about the position. In fact, executive vice president Stephen Jones believes his new committee could even be an upgrade on the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year.
"We really think Darren's in the best shape of his career," Jones said. "He looks great out there. We really think that you put him behind our offensive line and he has some luck and stays healthy, we might really have something here."
A former second-round draft pick, Williams has managed just 164 yards on 58 carries (2.8 yards per carry) since tearing his patellar tendon in 2011.
Despite that meager production, Jones insists Williams will "certainly be a factor" in the backfield picture.
"His name actually came up quite a bit (during the draft)," Jones said. "Many times we were looking at backs later in the draft that we compared to Ryan and didn't feel like they were as good as he was."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes this is the ideal scenario for McFadden to jumpstart his stalled career: