The Impact Of Roy Williams

Alan CarterContributor IOctober 14, 2008

The Dallas Cowboys acquired Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions yesterday for a 1st, 3rd and 6th round pick in next years draft. It’s odd that the trade of a player only one year removed from a pro-bowl season is on the back burner, but Dallas has a few other issues involving Romo and Pac-Man.

Williams brings a unique skill set to the Cowboys that mimics the skills of Terrell Owens. He is a big receiver at 6-3 and 211 lbs. Williams when healthy and on a decent team is capable of good numbers. He recorded 82 catches and had over 1300 yards in 06’. He is definitely going to a better team, but there are only so many footballs to go around. The Cowboys will not be the Patriots of last year, even with Romo.

If Romo was still in costume I would expect the Cowboys incorporate more four wide receiver sets with Witten and let Romo pick from all the talented playmakers. Romo though is out for a month and Brad Johnson will have to depend on the offensive line to protect him because at 40 years old he won’t be moving much. If the line plays like they did Sunday against the Cardinals it won’t matter who the Cowboys trade for.

Williams will move Patrick Crayton to third receiver and Miles Austin will be left with scraps after Barber, Witten, Owens, and Williams all get their fill. If it’s possible to have to many playmakers on offense this is a problem the Cowboys have.

This does add depth to a position that was considered a tad shallow at the beginning at the season. If Owens does get hurt Williams should be able to fill in his role as the primary receiver. Who knows what drama that would make? Williams shouldn’t cause any disruptions intentionally because he should just be happy to out of Detroit.

The Cowboys need to keep their core philosophies, which is running the ball and using Witten to open up their receivers. The Cowboys are entering a tough month with a lot of questions. They are still a very skilled team with multiple playmakers and should be able to weather this month without Romo.