No one would have thought that after nine games with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Roy Williams would have just 17 catches for 194 yards and one measly touchdown. But that is the case.
The mid-year trade sent shockwaves through the NFL as the Cowboys struggled through four week without their starting quarterback, Tony Romo. Williams’ only touchdown came from backup Brad Johnson.
So what’s the deal?
It is as if Romo doesn’t even realize he has the 6-foot 2-inch wide out on his team. But is offensive coordinator Jason Garrett calling plays for Williams or is Romo just not looking his way very much?
The lack of production from Williams is troubling because he was given a wealthy contract for five years. It was unacceptable that Williams did not get more looks during the Baltimore game when he had five inches on the cornerback covering him. Williams is known for his leaping ability. Throw the ball his way and there’s a good chance he can leap and snag it midair. But we haven’t seen that at all this year.
Well, this Sunday, maybe we will. The last time the Cowboys and Eagles played, they put up 78 points. Terrell Owens had two touchdowns and Jason Witten had over 100 yards receiving.
Williams will likely be covered mostly by Sheldon Brown, a 5-foot 10-inch cornerback. Romo needs to instill some trust in his new wide receiver and take some risks deep down the field. If it works, it will do a lot to boost confidence into the playoffs knowing he has a serious third weapon to throw to, but right now Williams is under utilized.