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Monday, November 14, 2011
Laurent Robinson big upgrade over Roy Williams

By Tim MacMahon


IRVING, Texas – The minimum-salary receiver the Cowboys signed off the streets in September has been a massive upgrade over the recently cut blockbuster trade bust with the $45 million contract.

Just compare Laurent Robinson’s stats to those sorry numbers produced by Roy Williams during his terrible tenure in Dallas.

Robinson has caught 27 of 36 passes thrown to him this season for 441 yards and four touchdowns. That makes Robinson by far the most efficient of Tony Romo’s top weapons this season.

By comparison, Williams had 530 yards and five touchdowns last season, when quarterbacks completed 37 of 64 passes targeting him. And that was his most efficient year for the Cowboys.

Williams had 596 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009, but he caught only 38 of 88 passes thrown to him. His 2008 work in Dallas after arriving at the trade deadline was a total disaster: 19 catches for 198 yards and one touchdown on 43 attempts.

Strange how it didn’t take long for Robinson to establish a rapport with Romo and earn the trust of Jason Garrett, two things that never happened for Williams.

“It’s just a great fit for me,” Robinson said after his two-touchdown performance in the blowout of the Bills. “We’ve got a lot of offensive power and I feel like I can help out. … I really love playing here. I love it. I love everything about Dallas and wearing the star.”

He's been one of the best bargains in the NFL, quite a contrast to the overpaid receiver the Cowboys got rid of in the summer.