Sunday, September 26, 2010
Roy Williams with a major impact
By Calvin Watkins
HOUSTON -- Roy E. Williams said it would take a BAD MAN to take his starting spot as wide receiver with the Cowboys.
Dez Bryant has been good the first three weeks of the season, yet, Williams is better.
Talent wise, Bryant has a bigger future. Great hands, speed and a physical presence.
But he hasn't done enough to overtake Williams' job.
Williams finished with five catches for a game-high 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Williams caught touchdown passes of 15 and 63 yards on the day. After three weeks, Williams has the team-lead in touchdown receptions at two.
Of the ten longest plays from scrimmage for the Cowboys offense, Williams had three of them.
"It’s just me flying under the radar and playing my game," Williams said. "I had a big one."
This was Williams' second 100-yard game with the Cowboys, the first one, was Nov. 15 at Green Bay, but that was in a loss. The last time Williams had a 100 yard game in a victory was 2007, when he had seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown in helping the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 16.
The chemistry between Williams and quarterback Tony Romo hasn't been anywhere close. But this season, for whatever reason things are different.
Williams changed his practice habits, going faster and harder, keeping his weight down and taking more of a command of the offense.
The emergence of Miles Austin and Dez Bryant also motivated Williams to get his act together.
So far it's helped.
Williams has the team lead in yards-per-catch average at 15.9.
"Everything I said in the offseason has supposedly come true in the regular season," he said. "I just want to be consistent. I’ve put together three good games and stood out in all three."
The problem of course is that big contract Williams has. It's worth $45 million and he's getting close to $13 million in 2010.
He's endured all sorts of heat from the fans and media for his lackluster numbers, but many of his teammates have admired how he's handled himself.
"You can't be happier for Roy with all the criticism he's taken the last couple of years and he's just stayed with it and it played big today," Jason Witten said. "We knew we were going to need him. That's what we're used to in this offense; run it, run it, run it and then boom a slant for 60-yards or so."