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Roy Williams WR -- the mistake that keeps on giving


After the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant, the Cowboys should have cut Roy Williams this offseason because it wouldn’t have caused them any cap hit.

Now they have compounded the problem by preparing to cut Patrick Crayton. If you look at the stats from last season, Patrick had one less catch than Roy, but gained more yardage. He had 5 TDs to 7 for Roy. Roy fumbled, Patrick didn’t. Compare yourself.

Player G Rec Yds Yd/G Avg Long TDs Fum Fum Lost
R. Williams 15 38 596 39.7 15.68 66t 7 1 1
P. Crayton 16 37 622 38.9 16.81 80t 5 0 0

Crayton also contributed on special teams by averaging 12.1 yards per punt return, his highest total ever. He also broke a couple for TDs.

Player G Ret FC Yds Avg Long TDs
P. Crayton 16 36 23 437 12.1 82t 2

Then there’s this:
Incomplete Pass Information
Targets Drops Percent Caught Percent First Down
86 8 44.2 33.7

Incomplete Pass Information
Targets Drops Percent Caught Percent First Down
67 4 55.2 40.3

Guess which one is Roy and which is Patrick? Of course the first is Roy.

To sum up, Roy catches 1 more ball despite being thrown 19 more balls, for fewer yards and a lower average, two more TDs, but a turnover that Patrick didn’t have, for a lower percentage of first downs, and he doesn’t play special teams, where Crayton was by far the best punt returner, and at 12.1 yards per return, he ranked 3rd in the NFL.

Objectively speaking, you would have to keep Patrick Crayton over Roy Williams. When you factor in that Patrick outperforms Roy for a tiny fraction of his salary, it is pretty ridiculous. But this is what happens when the owner goes all in for a player that turns out to be a big mistake. Maybe Dez Bryant can stay healthy and relegate Roy to #3 receiver, where he’ll produce almost as well as Patrick Crayton, and the whole thing will be a wash. Albeit with a lot of wasted money by the Cowboys that needs to be invested in the Offensive line.


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