Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cowboys' Romo, Williams 'not even close'

After cutting ties with Terrell Owens in the offseason, the question for the Cowboys became: Who would step up as the No. 1 receiver?

Cowboys' Romo, Williams 'not even close'

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Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams has not lived up to expectations since Dallas traded for him. (AP)
Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams has not lived up to expectations since Dallas traded for him. (AP)

After cutting ties with Terrell Owens in the offseason, the question for the Cowboys became: Who would step up as the  No. 1 receiver?

After all, despite all the drama, T.O. had accounted for 38 touchdowns in three seasons in Dallas.

The projected No. 1 was Roy Williams. The Cowboys traded a first-round, third-round, sixth-round and seventh-round pick to the Lions to acquire the wide receiver last season.

But the results can be described as nothing short of disastrous.

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Williams has just 14 catches for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns in six games. In the past two weeks, Williams has just three receptions for 35 yards, and it appears his frustration is mounting.

"It's just not even close," Williams said of his chemistry with Tony Romo, per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. "It's not even funny. Not even close."

While Williams hasn't been productive, wide receiver has not been a weakness for the Cowboys with the emergence of Miles Austin, who is third in the NFC with 563 receiving yards. He piled up 421 yards in a two-week stretch against the Chiefs and Falcons and has five touchdowns in his last three games.

According to Williams, part of the reason Austin is having more success than him is the way Romo delivers the ball.

"He gets the ball thrown correctly his way," Williams said of Austin. "I'm stretching and falling and doing everything. Everybody [else] who's been here's balls are there. Our footballs [from Romo to Williams] are everywhere right now."

Williams faced the Eagles once last year and had two catches for 4 yards.

Much more to come later.

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