Thursday, September 12, 2013
WR Williams aims for chemistry with Romo
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The first regular-season NFL game of Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrance Williams' career concluded with one drop, a misread of the defense that led to an interception and two catches for 32 yards.
"I did alright," Williams said when asked about his debut Sunday, against the New York Giants. "I had the drop, I feel I can get better, just pay attention to the ball. I was trying to make a move instead of paying attention to the ball. It's not too much I'm worried about, besides that. Just continue trying to get on the same page with Tony."
As in Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo's first interception of the season could be blamed on the rookie from Baylor. Romo noticed something in the defense and signaled to Williams that the play was being changed. Williams, looking straight ahead, didn't get Romo's audible. Romo thought Williams recognized the coverage change and threw a pass deep one way while Williams ran the other.
As the pair walked off the field, Romo talked to Williams about making adjustments on the field -- something Romo did with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin in their early days.
Williams also nearly pulled in a diving attempt late in the first half, on which he was hit by two defenders. Williams said he got his hand on the ball and so gave himself a drop, though it was a tough catch to make.
The Cowboys still look likely to keep Williams busy, because defenses are going to double-team Bryant -- which, in turn, gives the rookie more one-on-one coverage to exploit. But if he can't get on the same page with Romo, the business of the NFL takes over, and maybe Dwayne Harris becomes the No. 3 receiver.
Coach Jason Garrett was asked about Williams' status Wednesday and said the wideout really had nothing to worry about. Building chemistry with Romo takes time, and sometimes -- particularly for a rookie receiver -- there will be growing pains.
"I've got to keep building trust in (Romo) and doing what I'm supposed to do and being in the right spots at the right time," Williams said. "The more I do that, the more chances he’ll throw the ball to me."