Michael Irvin is the fantasy whisperer. A motivator unlike any other. And if you don’t believe me, look at the production of Roy E. Williams.
The enigmatic Cowboys receiver seemed like an afterthought in drafts this year for many of you, because of rookie Dez Bryant. Even Irvin said that the Cowboys were playing 10-on-11 when Williams was on the field. But Williams has posted back-to-back great fantasy stat lines, and has scored three touchdowns in two games.
There is no reason to believe that the good times will stop. Bryant is injured again, and coach Wade Phillips is worried that his rookie is going to miss the game. Not that he should be, Williams has come through and I consider him a solid No. 2 receiver.
And we can thank Irvin for motivating him.
Williams did credit Irvin a couple of weeks ago telling the Dallas Morning News that those comments ticked him off. (Which is funny because don’t players always say that if you need to be motivated by bulletin-board material, you are in the wrong business?)
Now only if we could get Irvin to talk to a number of other players — starting with you Carson Palmer.
— Adam Rank