Cutler, Williams still working on chemistry

August, 27, 2011
8/27/11
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The on-field relationship between Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Roy Williams is probably best defined as a work in progress.

"We're still working on it, so we'll see how it goes," Cutler said following the Bears 14-13 road defeat against the Tennessee Titans Saturday night.

Held without a catch in the first two preseason games, Cutler found Williams on the Bears’ first offensive play of the game for a 17-yard completion. The quarterback then went back to Williams on the very next play, but the duo failed to connect on a deep pass down the middle of the field that resulted in an interception by Titans safety Michael Griffin. At first glance, it appeared a Tennessee defender tipped the ball before it got to Williams, but that theory was later debunked in the postgame locker room.

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Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesJay Cutler, who was 13-of-21 passing for 170 yards on Saturday, is still working on his connection with new receiver Roy Williams.
"No. It didn't get tipped," Cutler said.

Williams finished the night with a pair of receptions for 33 yards on four targets.

"I mean, you know he was just putting the ball where it needed to be," Williams said. "Right out of the gate, first play of the game, it was on the money. The second one, that's my fault, I still have to catch that one. I felt like it should have been a flag somewhere in there, but it's the NFL. I got past that one, and go to the next play."

Although Williams is currently listed as one of the Bears starting wide receivers, he is being pushed by former No. 1 Johnny Knox, who replaced Williams on the Bears next offensive possession following the Cutler pick. However, Williams said the plan going in was for the two players to split time, and the decision to insert Knox into the game after the failed hookup between Cutler and Williams was merely coincidental. Knox caught one ball for 21 yards.

"Don't look to far into that," Williams said. "Please, don't look to far into that. We were rotating the whole night."

While Cutler and Williams are still working towards getting on the same page, there are no such issues with receiver Earl Bennett. Bennett, who played with Cutler at Vanderbilt, had a game-high six catches for 89 yards.

"I've known Earl for a long time," Cutler said. "Earl hasn't changed one iota since his freshman year at Vandy, and he probably never will. I just feel comfortable with him out there. He does what he is supposed to do. In a couple of words, he's just a football player.

"We need a couple more of those in the locker room."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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