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Arizona Cardinal Ryan Williams remains as confident as ever

LISTEN: Ryan Williams, AZ Cardinals running back

Ryan Williams has played in five games since being selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

That’s five games in two years.

Williams suffered a torn patella tendon in a preseason game in 2011, and then needed season-ending shoulder surgery after a Week 5 loss to the Rams in 2012.

Still, the young player’s confidence is hardly shaken.

“I’m very confident, very confident,” Williams told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. “As far as coming back, as far as being that playmaker that they brought me here to be, with everything I’m very confident.”

Williams, who ran for 164 yards on 58 carries last season, said he’s at a point in his rehab where he’s doing things he could not even do during the season.

The former Virginia Tech star said he feels good right now, to the point where he says if he felt the way he does now during the season, he would have played “a good 50 percent better than I did.”

“Rehab is going well, the strengthening part is going well, everything is going well,” he said. “My stars are aligned right now so things are really looking good, and I’m anxious and excited to get back out there.”