Williams says he, Romo not connecting
IRVING, Texas -- Roy Williams remains the Dallas Cowboys' No. 1 receiver, at least in his mind.
After putting in a lot of extra offseason work with quarterback Tony Romo, Williams is stunned they haven't made more progress.
"It's just not even close," Williams said. "It's not even funny. Not even close."
Williams does not believe his poor production accurately portrays his performance.
"I'm the No. 1 receiver," Williams said. "But things are just going No. 2's way."
The No. 2 is Miles Austin, who has produced like a Pro Bowler since moving into the starting lineup. Austin has set an NFL record with 482 yards in his first three starts, scoring on five of his 21 receptions during that span.
Compare that to Williams' statistics in 16 games since arriving from Detroit in a blockbuster deal: 33 catches, 447 yards and three touchdowns.
Considering those numbers, how could Williams possibly still see himself as the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver?
"He gets the ball thrown correctly his way," Williams said of Austin. "I'm stretching and falling and doing everything. Everybody [else] who's been here's balls are there. Our footballs [from Romo to Williams] are everywhere right now."
Williams has caught only 14 of 37 passes thrown his way this season. Only four receivers in the league who have been targeted at least 25 times have caught a lower percentage of passes aimed at them.
Williams stressed that he's pleased that the Cowboys are winning, but he's frustrated that he hasn't been more effective. He isn't asking for more opportunities. He just wants to be put in better position to make plays -- which means getting on the same page with Romo.
"We're going to be fine there," Romo said after Sunday's win over the Seattle Seahawks. "I know what Roy's doing. It's just a matter of going back and looking the tape and seeing what we have to do better. But it's just part of growing with a receiver."
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.