Roy Williams: Leading the League In Smiles

Phil BrennanCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 21:  Wide receiver Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys (left) reacts after losing his helmet on a play the first quarter against corner back Cortland Finnegan #31 ofthe Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at Cowboys Stadium on August 21, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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When you're down, turn that frown upside down.

At least that's the concept, right?

For wide receiver Roy Williams, when your season has only been an incremental improvement on last year's dud of a debut, all you can do is smile.

Roy giveth and he taketh away. 

For every touchdown caught, he's seemingly drops an equally important pass. Roy had another inexplicable drop last night against the Redskins. His only reaction to the play was to flash his toothy "that's just football" grin; a look fans are getting all too accustomed of seeing on Williams.

Ultimately, it didn't hurt the Cowboys' cause this time around, but those missed opportunites have a way of catching up to you in the playoffs.

To be exact, Roy has accounted for NFL&type=Receiving&rank=232" title="seven drops" target="_blank">seven drops, which ties him for fifth in the NFL. When contrasted by the limited number of passes thrown his direction, his drop ratio is scary.

It's obvious that Romo may be losing confidence in Williams’s ability to perform. 

During this last four game stretch, Romo has effectively made Miles Austin his No. 1 wide receiver by targeting him 43 times versus the 25 times he's thrown to Williams in that same period.

I suppose we'll never know the truth as to why Williams has struggled so much in Dallas until perhaps after his departure.

What we do know is his production is far lower than what was expected from a guy who cost you a first-, third- and sixth-round pick, plus a $45 million ($20 million guaranteed) contract.

24 games
57 receptions
794 yards
8 TD

I espouse this theory; what side of it you fall on is up to you.

A lot of times general managers trade for good players on bad teams believing they can become great players with better surrounding talent. Other times good players appear to be great when they are the best thing on a bad team.

What category do you believe Roy Williams falls into?