Cowboys future focus: WR Teddy Williams


Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-3. Weight: 198

College: Texas-San Antonio

How acquired: Undrafted free agent

What he did in 2010: The Cowboys signed Williams, an All-American sprinter who did not play college football, a week into training camp. He spent the majority of the season playing cornerback on the practice squad. After a rash of injuries to receivers, Williams moved to that position late in the year. He was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 21 after the Dolphins attempted to sign him, but he did not play in any games.

What to look for in 2011: Williams is still a long way away from being a significant contributor. First, the Cowboys need to figure out whether he has more potential as cornerback or wide receiver. He could be hurt by the impending lockout more than anybody, because he needs all the teaching he can get during organized team activities and minicamps. Ideally, he would spend another season on the practice squad, but the Cowboys might not have that option.

Quotable: “My whole thing is that I just want to be on the field and play. So if they feel like they want to put me at receiver, that’s great. Wherever they want to put me, I’m going to play hard, every snap, every down.” – Teddy Williams

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: “Any time you try to convert a track guy into a football player, it’s a pretty big task. But the fact is Teddy Williams had the experience in high school so you at least have that going for you. I think that he was moved to wide receiver more out of necessity to help with practices than he was as a long-term conversion guy. I think he’s more likely to be a cornerback than a receiver. Watching him in camp, with some of the movement stuff he was doing with Dave Campo after practice was good. His timed speed is rare. There is no discounting that. Can you find a way to develop a player who at least has a high school football background? Are you willing to spend the time to work with the speed that this guy has?”