I really hate to say this, but Roy Williams chance to be a force to be reckoned with in Dallas may be over.
Roy Williams was a superb WR for the University of Texas and was drafted 7th in the 2004 draft by the Detroit Lions. He never got to produce much in the motor city, as their offense was always in array. When he was traded to the Cowboys, as part of a trade that saw Jerry Jones give up almost all of the Cowboys draft picks for the 2009 draft, I was excited to say the least, and my hopes were very high.
In his first season with the Cowboys, Williams started seven games, caught 19 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown. Not great numbers, but he did not have much time to prepare with QB Tony Romo and the Cowboys had a plethora of other weapons at the time.
Going into last season though, I couldn’t wait to see what type of numbers one of the greatest WRs to come out of UT would put up. To my dismay they were, at best, meager. He had 38 receptions for 596 yards and 7 TDs. These are not number one WR numbers for the NFL. He also pretty much lost his number one status with the emergence of Miles Austin, who had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 TDs.
Skip forward to the 2010 NFL draft when Jerry Jones picks WR Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State University with the 24th pick in the first round.
With the lack of cohesion between QB Tony Romo and Williams, the emergence of Austin last season, the drafting of Bryant, one of the best TEs in the business, Jason Witten, and many other weapons, such as RBs Marion Barber and Felix Jones, Williams’ time to shine in Dallas could be past.
Is it time for Jerry Jones to admit he made a mistake and trade away Williams, for much less than he gave for him? Did Jones make a statement as to his intentions with the drafting of Dez Bryant? This next season will tell all.
All a Cowboy fan can hope for is a good season, whether it be with Roy Williams catching passes from Romo or Bryant and Austin. I will be saddened to see such a great talent as Roy Williams not live up to his full talent in the NFL, especially with my hometown team, but it may not be in his future to be a Hall Of Famer. It may not even be in his future to be a Dallas Cowboy.