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Roy Williams wonders about lesser role

11/10/2010

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams is not trying to spoil the party of Jason Garrett being named the interim coach.

But Williams is a little curious about his reduced role in the Cowboys offense.

In the first four weeks of the season, Williams had 18 catches for 278 yards and three touchdowns, including a five-catch, 117 yard, two-touchdown performance in a victory over the Houston Texans.

But over the last four weeks, Williams has just five catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Williams also had a catchless game, his fourth with the Cowboys, vs. the New York Giants. It appears Williams is not featured in the game plan as much in the last month of the season as he was earlier.

Miles Austin is still the primary guy in the passing game, as it should be, but it's worth noting how Williams isn't getting the ball as much.

Williams said he's seeing the same defenses now, man-to-man and some Cover 2, as he did early in the season.

"I don't know how you start out and then it goes away," Williams said after practice on Wednesday. "Sometime, maybe it can come back up a little bit."

Williams is still getting first-team reps in practice, and sometimes Dez Bryant gets reps with Miles Austin on the first team unit.

So Williams remains in the starting lineup, unless Garrett has decided to make a change.

"I just have to continue to bust my ass in practice and games and become an overall receiver," Williams said. "Today I asked Joe DeCamillis if he wanted me on special teams."