Dallas WR Roy Williams has gone from celebrated returning son to a guy who looks almost as if he has forgotten how to play – so much so that the final judgment of Williams’ career may rest on his ability to turn things around this year.
“It’s been a nightmare,” said the native of Odessa, Texas. “That’s the truth. I’m not going to hide from it. I understand the business. … I thought this was going to be a dream. It’s been a nightmare.”
Williams came to the Cowboys in a celebrated deadline trade in 2008, fetching a nice ransom by today’s standards both for Detroit (the Lions got first-, third- and sixth-round picks from the Cowboys in exchange for Williams and a seventh-rounder) and Williams (he got $27 million guaranteed as part of a six-year, $54 million deal).
Instead, the Cowboys went nowhere that season and Williams has produced journeyman numbers. In 25 games with Dallas, Williams has 57 catches for 794 yards and eight touchdowns.
Only time will tell if it's too-little, too-late for Williams. With Dez Bryant and Austin Miles poised to eventually be the starters, Williams could be on the outside looking in. In the fantasy world, Williams' value seems to be trending down while Bryant's is on the up.