Replace Ryan Williams? Maybe one of these guys

Aug 22, 2011, 9:57 PM | Updated: Aug 23, 2011, 3:40 am

The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to replace the injured
Ryan Williams over the next couple of weeks, with head coach
Ken Whisenhunt saying the team won’t rush into a decision.

So, chances are they will wait for a veteran to become
available once teams begin trimming their rosters. Will the
Cardinals be a landing spot for one of them, or will they
decide to sign someone who is on the market right now?

We’re not sure, but we at put together a
list of possible targets.

There was a time when Kevin Smith was thought 
to be the future at RB for the Lions, but 
injuries have taken their toll and now he is 
without a team. The 24-year-old ran for 976 
yards as a rookie in 2008, but has seen his 
production slip since then. Chester Taylor never found a groove in his 
first season with the Chicago Bears after years 
of success with Minnesota. His career began in 
Baltimore, and he's averaged 4.1 yards per 
carry over the course of his career. Taylor has 
a reputation as a solid third down and goal 
line back. Running back Mike Hart has recently retired and 
is now an assistant coach for Eastern Michigan 
University. The Cardinals could lure him out of 
retirement with a lucrative contract offer. Brian Westbrook could be tempted to join former 
Eagles teammate Kevin Kolb in Arizona. 
Westbrook Played in 14 games for San Fransisco 
last season, running for 340 yards and 4 
touchdowns. Cardinals fans may remember 
Westbrook for his 23 carry, 136 yard 
performance on Monday Night Football at 
University of Phoenix Stadium last November. Free agent Clinton Portis recently worked out 
for the New England Patriots, though reports 
said he was out of shape. The Cardinals could offer a 
better opportunity for Portis to get on the 
field, though it's been a couple years since he 
was truly an impact player. Julius Jones has had a solid career, topping 
the 1,000 yard mark in 2006. He's spent time 
with the Cowboys, Seahawks and Saints, where he 
remains for now. Free agent Laurence Maroney did not live up to 
the high expectations placed on him after being 
drafted by New England, but has shown ability 
at times. He rushed for just 74 yards last year 
with Denver. Former workhorse Fred Taylor would add some 
stability to the Cardinals backfield but his 
age brings doubt he could last the entire 
season. He decided against retirement to remain 
with the Patriots, but if they parted ways with 
him he may decide to play one more year out in 
the desert. Former Arizona State University running back 
Dimitri Nance was signed by Green Bay after RB 
Ryan Grant went down to injury in 2010. Nance 
could be another emergency replacement for the 
Cardinals. Steve Slaton is another back currently on a 
roster, but may be released since Ben Tate is 
expected to be the number 2 with Chris 
Ogbonnaya and Derrick Ward competing for the 
the 3rd spot. Slaton showed promise during 
his rookie year in 2008, rushing for 1,282 
yards, but has tallied just 530 since. Tashard Choice is currently on the Dallas 
Cowboys roster, but hasn't played this 
preseason due to a calf injury. Choice may be 
available since Dallas has a crowded 
backfield. He has been a solid backup, 
splitting time with Marion Barber and Felix 
Jones. Choice is a 4th year player out of 
Georgia Tech who has just over 1,000 yards 
rushing for his career. Willie Parker is currently a free agent after 
spending last year on the Redskins roster. 
Parker has seven years of NFL experience and 
over 5,000 yards rushing for his career. He 
hasn't been a factor the past three seasons, 
but did roll off three straight 1,000 yard 
seasons from 2005 through 2007. Ken Whisenhunt 
coached Parker in Pittsburgh. Donald Brown was high on the Cardinals' draft 
board back in 2009 before ending up with the 
Indianapolis Colts. Three years later the 
former UConn Huskie finds himself low on the 
depth chart and could be looking for a new team 
soon. He's rushed for 778 yards over the course 
of two NFL seasons.

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Replace Ryan Williams? Maybe one of these guys