Moving The Chains: Why Dez Bryant Is Roy Williams' Biggest Threat In 2010

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19:  Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys is seen on the field during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Oleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Twenty-four hours ago, chaos struck the world of the Dallas Cowboys—and not for the first time. 

When Roger Goodell delivered the verdict that the Dallas Cowboys had indeed drafted Dez Bryant, everyone's initial reaction was to sit back and wonder just how much of a threat Bryant could be at wide receiver in the NFC East.

One factor though that people didn't consider, was the threat that Bryant would pose to veteran wide receiver Roy Williams, who has arguably gone through a rather rocky patch in his NFL career.

Nearly a day after the draft pick, people are beginning to realize just what Bryant can do for Dallas, and just what Dallas can do for Bryant—and more importantly, what Bryant means for the future of this football team.

But what about good ol' Roy Williams? 

Williams: The once-loved Detroit Lions wide receiver that has struggled to catch even the simplest of passes in a Dallas Cowboys uniform.  Well, it's the harsh reality of a league that Williams knows all too well, and unfortunately for the once-beloved veteran, this may be the last year we see Williams in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, let alone the NFL.

Sure, Williams isn't the oldest guy in the league as he was drafted back in 2004, but when a top-caliber wide receiver fails to make the simplest of plays, the panic button is automatically hit for a team, and thus results in drafting a young wide receiver such as Bryant.

In 2009, Williams recorded 38 catches, 596 yards, and seven touchdowns.  Sure, they aren't bad stats given it was only Williams' second season with the Dallas Cowboys, but after comparing them to Williams' other career stats, an obvious story is formed.

Since the first round of the NFL draft, many similar stories have been formed for other teams.  Minnesota's Adrian Peterson will feel the heat thanks to Toby Gerhart, and Denver's Kyle Orton will feel the pressure thanks to Tim Tebow.

As for Dallas though, it is perhaps a much different story. 

The other key factor to realize is that Dallas is a team that focuses heavily on the passing game.  Marion Barber is no fantastic running back by any stretch of the imagination, and therefore the Cowboys rely on key receivers such as Jason Witten, Patrick Crayton, and superstar Miles Austin, to put points on the board.

The final factor is that Dallas actually expects Bryant to start. 

Week One in the regular season, you can expect to see Bryant gear-up in blue and silver and take on the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. 

For those fans out there that are expecting a possible "switch" between Williams and Bryant every now and again, that is a strong possibility, but I personally think if Bryant prevails, then Dallas will have no choice but to guarantee him the starting role.

Will he succeed? 

Who knows, but Williams must step up or he will instantly be demoted to second string. 

The Cowboys are a young team that is striving in the passing game, lack of wide receiver play only sets them back, and unfortunately for Williams, he packs a lot of bad plays.

Fail and he goes to the bench, succeed and he stays.  It's a fairly simple story.