Williams not ready to lose starting job

Updated: May 14, 2010, 9:32 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams is confident he won't lose his starting job and can't wait for the 2010 season to begin.

Williams is coming off a dismal season in which he caught only 38 passes for 596 yards and seven touchdowns. He also was credited with eight dropped passes, which ranked 12th in the NFL last season.

Oh, and the Cowboys selected Dez Bryant in the first round of the NFL draft.

"I know people are thinking he's going to come in and take my spot and all that mess," Williams said. "It's not about that. I don't think that's going to happen anyway. I embrace the challenge. I think he's going to come in and help this football team win three more ballgames."

Williams, who said he's ready to skip the organized team activities, minicamps and training camps and start the season right now, has been working with quarterback Tony Romo to cut down on the number of dropped passes.

"I bet anybody in this world I won't be close to that [in 2010]," said Williams, adding he's been catching 200 balls a week off JUGS guns during workouts and an additional 40 to 50 passes a week from Romo.

The Cowboys drafted Bryant not only as a wake-up call to Williams but also to push Miles Austin and the other wide receivers on the roster.

Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have requested trades from the organization and have missed numerous voluntary workouts at Valley Ranch.

During the three-day rookie minicamp, Bryant was physical, showed good body control and caught almost every pass from all sorts of angles against inexperienced corners.

But Williams isn't sweating the details on Bryant.

"I'm going to look at this thing as I'm the man, like I've always been," Williams said. "And that's never going to change."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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