When the Cowboys traded the Detroit Lions for WR Roy Williams on October 14th last year, they envisioned getting another potent weapon to complement the many weapons already in their arsenal. The Cowboys hoped that Williams would team up with former No. 1 receiver Terrell Owens and form the most dynamic receiving combo in the league.
Things did not end the way they had hoped and many people, myself included, began to wonder if the Cowboys gave too much to Detroit (1st, 3rd, & 6th round draft picks in 2009) in exchange for Williams. While it is still too early to tell, Williams poultry statistics last season (19 receptions, 198 yards, 1 touchdown in 10 games) did not win him any points with fans and media alike.
Throughout the offseason Williams and the Cowboys faced relentless questions about whether or not, the former seventh overall pick from the University of Texas, would be able to step up and fill the sizable hole that was left from the departed Owens. Williams, whose confidence remained unshaken, maintained that he was up to the challenge and that it would be a team effort. When given the chance to make plays he swore he could and would make them.
This past Sunday in Tampa, FL Williams had his chance to strut his stuff, to quiet the critics, to slam the questions of his ability…and he did, sort of.
Williams finished the game with 3 receptions for 86 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 attempts his way. Not a bad game at all. But was it a break out game? No. But it did give us some answers as to where Williams is at.
Some questioned his ability to make the big play. Check. Some questioned his speed. Check. But most of all, we all questioned his importance to this team. Check. By having Williams in there the field opened up for the Cowboys receivers to have a big day. Romo, Austin, and Crayton all had great games. Some of that credit has to go to Williams.
“Today was good for this team to get a win. It was a team effort and everybody contributed. That is one thing I’m very proud of this team for…,” Williams said to a throng of reporters after the game. “It’s just one game…for me it is about consistency. I have to come out and do it Sunday night against the big time New York Giants…I know what I can do, you guys have no clue, we just have to be consistent about it.”
Is he a replacement for T.O.? It is too early to tell, but let us not forget that with Owens, the Cowboys won all of zero playoff games. Only time will tell if Williams can indeed be this team’s new No. 1 receiver and lead them to a playoff victory. But we do know, he is off to a good start.