In the first game of the regular season against the New York Giants, Williams made a horrible debut. Out of his four targets, Williams dropped two passes and ran a wrong route resulting in quarterback Tony Romo’s only interception of the game.
Williams came back in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs to make all three receptions thrown his way for 28 yards. But in last week’s win over the St. Louis Rams, Williams didn’t even get a look. In San Diego on Sunday, however, it was a far different story.
Dallas named Williams the starter against the Chargers, in place of the injured Austin. The old Williams reappeared as he dropped his first pass. But the 24-year old quickly regrouped. Williams made three receptions in the Cowboys first scoring drive. He would end the game making seven catches on his eight targets for 71 yards. But it was his last reception that would haunt him.
Down 30-21, Dallas was looking to score with just 2:42 left on the clock. The Cowboys had the ball on second down at the Chargers seven-yard line. Romo found Williams open in the middle of the field. At about the two-yard line, Williams attempted to reach out with the ball in one arm to break the plane of the endzone, all while being tackled. He misjudged where he was on the field, as the rookie was simply too far away to score. Instead, the ball was knocked loose by Chargers’ linebacker Donald Butler and the resulting fumble was recovered in the endzone by corner Richard Marshall for the touchback.