Brandon Williams will get active

IRVING -- The Cowboys wanted to make changes to the special teams units and they had no choice but look within, so out is Jason Williams and in is another Williams, Brandon Williams.

Brandon Williams will make his NFL debut on Monday night vs. the New York Giants after missing all of last season with a knee injury and becoming inactive for the first five games of this year.

Williams will participate on the kickoff and kickoff coverage units.

The Fort Worth native who attended Texas Tech is excited about the opportunity because the wait tested his patience.

"All I could do is be patient and wait for my knee to heal up," Brandon Williams said after Cowboys' practice on Friday. "I haven't been 100 percent anyway, so this is my opportunity to come out and play."

During training camp, Brandon Williams wouldn't participate in both two-a-days as his knee healed. Coach Wade Phillips said he likes Brandon Williams' quickness on special teams and when he's on defense, his first step.

On film, Brandon Williams looks a little like DeMarcus Ware when he comes off the ball, but inconsistency has kept him off the field, at least in the base and sub packages on defense.

"You never want to go backwards on something you have been waiting on for a while," he said. "So at the same time you go to keep pushing forward. This is my opportunity. I have to make something of it."