As wide receiver Roy Williams prepares to play his first game for the Cowboys, he has an advantage other players might not.
The offense that Williams learned and ran in Detroit under former Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz has some similarities to the offense the Cowboys now use.
“The terminology and system we use are like the one he came from,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips acknowledged over the weekend. “He’s got some background with this (offense).”
It is the reason that the Cowboys are going to try to play Williams against the Rams, and beyond, as much as possible, though he will not start Sunday in St. Louis. It is the reason that Williams flawlessly ran the Cowboys two-minute offense at practice Friday, as if he had been a part of the team all season.
Heading into Sunday’s game, the Cowboys have a handful of plays specifically designed to make Williams feel comfortable. The better he performs on those, the more the Cowboys will use him. But Phillips said, “We’re going to try to play him as much as he feels comfortable.”