The oft-talked about Roy E. Williams doesn’t have much wiggle room.
Williams’ tenure with the Cowboys has been eventful, considering the cost of acquiring (first-, third- and sixth-round picks) and keeping him (five-year, $45 million contract extension), followed closely by the emergence of Miles Austin and then the drafting of Dez Bryant. To date, Williams as a Cowboy will be more remembered for dropped passes and high expectations.
Williams has to be paying attention to those circumstances.
NFL Network analyst Matt Millen, who has as much insight on Williams as anyone, was in the building on Monday. It was Millen who drafted Williams with the 7th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft for the Lions, and he believes the former Pro Bowler is ready for the challenge.
“I believe you’ll see a better Roy Williams this year,” Millen said. “I think he’ll have a better mindset going into camp, he’ll have a better understanding what is expected of him. And I also believe that the Cowboys now have a better feel for what kind of receiver Roy Williams is, and how to use him. That really is the key.”
Millen used the word “untapped” when describing Williams, and it could be argued the onus is also on Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to find how best to use a player who is still capable of making plays other receivers can’t.