Roy Williams: 6'3", 220 pounds, 39.5" vertical jump, 4.43 forty.
Larry Fitzgerald: 6'3" 217 pounds, 42" vertical jump, 4.55 forty.
One look at these numbers and it looks like Roy Williams and Larry Fitzgerald are on pretty even ground, physically.
When their football statistics are compared, though, Fitzgerald obviously seems like the better receiver. He has three years in which he has hauled in over 1000 yards receiving.
Williams only has one.
To most unbiased football fans, Fitzgerald is arguably the best receiver in the NFL and rightfully so. He has performed at a level that not many receivers do.
Williams is pushed to the back of the line and all people remember is that measly 198 yards he managed to gain last season.
What many seem to forget is the season of 2006 when Williams put up Fitzgerald-like numbers. He had 1300 yards receiving, as well as eight TDs.
What people also seem to forget is that 2006 was the only year Roy Williams was 100 percent healthy and didn't miss a single game. Every other season Williams has missed at least one game; 10 total for his career.
Was it a coincidence that 2006 was the year that he played well when he was healthy? Or is it just a fluke, and that regardless of the injuries he has sustained throughout his career, he is just a mediocre receiver at best?
Fitzgerald has only missed four games in his career, and in the 2006 season when he missed three games due to injury, he also failed to top 1000 yards receiving and only grabbed six touchdown passes.
Strange that people are quick to jump on Williams and point out his numbers, or lack thereof, but what almost all fail to take into account are the injuries that have affected him all through his career.
Fitzgerald and Williams have a very similar style of play. They both like to be very physical, they both bring down a lot of jump balls, they both have above average route running abilities, and they both make spectacular grabs.
Williams has been quoted as saying this offseason that he plans to get down to 212 pounds to help himself get even quicker and nimble in what he calls the "Larry Fitzgerald Approach."
If he can accomplish this and stay healthy this season, Roy Williams will become the new Larry Fitzgerald. Leaping up through double teams, bringing down tough contested balls, and filling up highlight reels on your television screen.
Sure, Jerry did give up a king's ransom for Williams, but he just might get the whole darn kingdom in return.