When the Dallas Cowboys used the 24th pick in April’s draft to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, they were sending a clear message to Roy Williams.
Step it up or you’re heading to the sidelines.
Williams—who was acquired by the Cowboys in 2008 for a first, third and sixth round pick in 2009, seventh round pick in 2010 and given a five-year, $45 million contract extension—has by all accounts been a bust during his time in Dallas.
In 25 games with the Cowboys, the former Texas standout has caught just 57 passes for 794 yards and eight touchdowns. That’s hardly the production that owner Jerry Jones had in mind when he sent four draft picks to Detroit and gave Williams a boatload of cash just two years ago.
But now that the pressure is on, Williams claims to be a man on a mission, determined not to lose his starting job to some rookie.
“This ain't my first rodeo," Williams recently told Charean Williams of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "I got recruited [to Texas] with B.J. [Johnson] and Sloan Thomas, so those are two top-notch guys. I came in and did my thing. I was the third one on the totem pole in that deal, and I came out No. 1. I don't really see it as a competition thing. I see it as us getting better.”
Williams told Williams (you still with me?) that he’s been catching close to 200 passes a week from the JUGS machine and another 40-50 from quarterback Tony Romo.
However, while a strong offseason work ethic is a great start, the fans in Dallas want to see results on the field—a place where Williams has been relatively unproductive since 2006.
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