Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys can't make the catch against Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009.
Aside from losing some weight and, perhaps, making a bit more of an impact in 2010, the Cowboys want receiver Roy Williams to change a small but fundamental aspect of his game. Namely, the way he runs.
According to receivers coach Ray Sherman, Williams has been playing too upright, which may hinder his ability to cut, and run effective routes. This is a general criticism of Williams, a talented but underachieving receiver with above average hands but questions surrounding his ability to run routes.
"We're working on synching his hips, bending his knees a little more, getting down in some of his routes,'' Sherman said, per the Dallas Morning News. "We felt last year he might be a little high. We want him to play a little lower.
"You run routes with more body lean. When you don't run as high, when you're staying down, you keep your shoulders down. It gets you in better position coming in and out of breaks.
"It's like a basketball player. If he's straight up, he has a hard time changing direction. If you play lower, you can change direction a little quicker and a little smoother.''