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Familiar role, new demands Williams elevated to lead WR job, which he held in Detroit


Familiar role, new demands Williams elevated to lead WR job, which he held in Detroit
IRVING - Roy Williams drove past reporters stationed outside the Cowboys' Valley Ranch facility Thursday morning and headed to the airport for a flight to his off-season home in Odessa.


But his new NFL home needs him more than ever.

With the Cowboys cutting Terrell Owens on Wednesday night, it moved Williams into the lead receiver role.

This is nothing new for Williams, who was the No. 1 receiver in Detroit for five years before the Lions traded him and a seventh-round pick Oct. 14 to the Cowboys for three picks.

"No, no added pressure, it's not my first rodeo," Williams said later by cellphone. "I've been doing this since I was in Pop Warner."

When the Cowboys traded for Williams they were expecting a top-flight receiver who would take pressure off of tight end Jason Witten, receiver Patrick Crayton and Owens.

It didn't work out last season.

Williams, who declined to speak about the team cutting Owens, finished the season with career lows in catches (36), yards (430) and touchdowns (two) with the Lions and Cowboys.

In Dallas, Williams went a career-long eight consecutive games without a touchdown and didn't have a 100-yard game.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett never could figure out a way to get Williams the ball on a consistent basis. Williams finished with 19 catches with the Cowboys for 198 yards and one touchdown in 10 games.

Next season, the Cowboys want that to change.

Owner Jerry Jones said the team has to get Williams the ball more and even hinted that when the team had Owens there might not be enough opportunities for both.

"In this particular case, we have an outstanding player in Roy Williams," Jones said to the NFL Network in south Florida, where he is attending league meetings. "And it was a significant factor in the decision that I made to release Terrell."

During the season, Williams expressed concern with the direction of the offense. He never developed a chemistry with Tony Romo, and he is hopeful things will be better this season.

"Yeah, it's cool," Williams said of his feelings about the offense. "I speak the truth, and that's what gets me in trouble. It's best I be quiet sometimes."

Williams said not having Owens starting on the opposite end of line isn't a big deal. He could play opposite Crayton or younger players such as Sam Hurd or Miles Austin.

Hurd believes not having Owens on the field could help Romo.

"I know it takes a lot of pressure off Romo focusing on one main feature, like Terrell," Hurd said, adding that with Owens gone, Romo doesn't have "one main guy."

But Williams is hoping he is that main guy.

"Yeah, 2008 is gone, so that's it," Williams said before heading to the plane. "I just came here to play ball. Right now I'm working out four times a week and then heading home. When off-season [workouts] start, I will get with Tony."



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 7, 2009

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