Williams, Cutler getting on the same page
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Bears receiver Roy Williams pulled the veteran move of working to curry favor with the quarterback to ensure more balls get thrown his way.
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesRoy Williams is working his way into playing shape.
Apparently, that didn’t work, Williams joked Tuesday after practice.
“Just taking it day by day,” said Williams, when asked his developing chemistry with quarterback Jay Cutler. “I’m just trying to be where I’m supposed to be, when I’m supposed to be there, and not fooling him. That’s our No. 1 goal. And I’m just trying to talk to him off the field, trying to be buddy-buddy, trying to get a couple of balls. That’s how it works (winks). I don’t know. He kind of gives me the cold shoulder every once in a while (smiles). We’ll get there.”
Cutler seems to think so, too. The issue for Williams now seems to be conditioning. As the receiver works himself back into playing shape through training camp, Cutler said he’s beginning to see more and more of the big-play ability of Williams.
“Roy’s definitely getting back into shape, taking more plays every day,” Cutler said. “You can see more glimpses of Roy Williams each and every day on film.”
Williams insists his conditioning isn’t a major issue, adding that the only way to truly prepare for a football season is to actually play the sport.
Williams said that the fast-break system of Mike Martz requires that receivers be prepared to “run all day long.”
As for his chemistry with Cutler, the receiver says it’s gradually improved.
“He’s starting to develop a little bit more trust with me. The trust with Devin [Hester] is there. Devin’s hogging all the balls,” Williams joked.
“If I can get a couple of those, we’ll be good.