So much for Cowboys receiver Roy Williams' claims that he wouldn't talk to the media after a summer full of criticism. Williams not only talked after the Cowboys' first practice of training camp Tuesday at the Alamodome, he practically held court as waves of media members came and went.
Williams said he's excited about the season, that he enjoys the pressure that's heaped on his shoulders as the team's No. 1 receiver in the wake of Terrell Owens' release. He said his subpar production last season was a case of Tony Romo simply not trusting him after he was acquired in a trade from Detroit in mid-season.
"It's not like I wasn't open," Williams said. "It was a trust factor. He's going to throw to the guy he trusts. We fixed all that this year."
Williams wore the No. 4 in practice, the number he wore when he became a star at Texas. The number change confused quite a few reporters and photographers because the official team roster listed Williams in his usual No. 11. He won't wear the No. 4 in games, however, because league rules stipulate that wide receivers can't wear a number less than 10.
Williams, however, has a plan. During two-a-day practices, which the team will have Thursday, he plans to wear No. 4 in the morning and his game number, No. 11, in the afternoon.
"I'm back at home, man. I just want to feel comfortable," Williams said. "I'm comfortable in No. 11, but No. 4 is where it all started. It looks good, I wish I could wear it in games, but I can't."