Two years ago at this time, the talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys had been about how this team had so much talent they were bound to become the next Super Bowl Champions.
Then last year they had multiple guys on their team with character issues. But the consensus was that if they could stay out of trouble, no one was stopping this team.
Owens' replacement will be the guy who came in midseason and did not have much success in a Cowboys uniform: Roy Williams.
Williams came over midseason in 2008 after the Cowboys and his previous team, the Detroit Lions, agreed to a trade.
Dallas was able to sign him to an extension when he arrived, but that's about the only thing that went right for Williams the rest of the season. He totaled 19 catches for 198 yards and one touchdown in nine games.
Although his numbers were down extremely from his career averages of 56.2 catches for 816.4 yards and six touchdowns per season, he played his first two games as a Cowboy without Tony Romo at quarterback, never got in sync with the offense, and played behind the shadow of Owens.
With T.O. now a member of the Buffalo Bills, it will be Williams who will take on the role as being the No. 1 WR in Dallas.
After a dismal showing last season, the burning question in Cowboys land is "What can you ultimately expect from Williams this year?"
The Cowboys will likely lean on their running game this season, with solid options like Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice carrying the rock.
The No. 1 receiver will likely be tight end Jason Witten, with Williams getting the second most targets through the air.
The receiver position in Dallas lacks a lot of depth, with Patrick Crayton starting alongside Williams, and Sam Hurd and Miles Austin acting as their primary backups.
The important thing you want to hear is, of course, Williams’ fantasy football impact.
His numbers will likely compare to his career averages from above. He won’t put up the statistics Owens did in Dallas, because the offense will likely shift towards a more balanced approach. Plus, he isn’t the kind of big-time player T.O. is.
In a pecking order, Williams should be ranked as low-end No. 2 WR heading into 2009. Others may take him as a No. 1 WR like it's the 2007 season all over again, which would be a reach due to his lack of consistency (and unknown status as a big time factor in the Cowboys’ offense).
If someone takes him as their No.1 WR, laugh hysterically and rip him all season long when he lacks a true No. 1 WR. Still, Williams has the value to be a solid role player on your fantasy football squad and should contribute enough to give you 15+ points when the matchup is right.
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