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Friday, November 10, 2006

The Fall of Troy...

Many are calling WR Troy Williamson, the seventh pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, a bust. He can't run routes, and he can't catch the ball. The former point is a valid one that Williamson has worked hard to improve. But the latter doesn't seem to hold water.
Last year, Williamson had 52 passes intended for him. He caught 24, and he dropped just two, according to STATS, Inc.
This season, he's been targeted on a team-high 53 passes, and he's caught 25 of them for 322 yards. But Williamson has a league-leading nine drops.
So what gives?
Coming out of South Carolina, there were questions about how raw Williamson was. But there weren't serious questions about his hands. An NFL Draft profile of Williamson on said this of him:
"Not as quick in short routes as the smaller receivers and is best when having space to operate... Has adequate hands, but struggles to adjust to the over-the-shoulder tosses... Can come back for the ball, but does not show great stop-and-go action (momentum sometimes takes him out of the play, as he overruns the ball)... Sometimes takes soft angles, especially on upfield routes."
Those are obviously things Williamson is still grappling with. But I think the biggest issue is confidence.
The release of Koren Robinson thrust him into a spotlight role, and he has cracked under the intense pressure. He does extra work after nearly every practice, and he takes coaching well, by most accounts.
Asked if he's lost confidence in Williamson, Brad Childress said, "I just think you have to play through.
"You can heighten yourself with balls caught during the day, balls caught after practice," Childress said. "You can't simulate those game time circumstances. We try to practice at a high level here, but success breeds confidence. There is not a magic serum that you can inject in him. You've got to play on. You've got to play through, and that's the toughest thing sometimes, whether it's the quarterback position or the wide receiver position."
Ultimately, it all falls on Troy. Will he step up or not? The Vikings don't have any other options; Williamson's vertical speed is demanded in this offense, and Bethel Johnson isn't exactly known for his ability to haul in deep passes.
Fact is, Williamson may key how the offense performs in the second half.


Blogger Jackson said...

Yes Troy is a complete bust along with Mike Williams from Detroit. But that has nothing to do with wanting or getting a new QB for the rest of the season. TO and Steve Smith have the 2nd and 3rd most drops in the NFL, and yet you don't see fans putting all the blame on them. When you have a bad O-line you have to to adjust to that. We all know Brad is not a mobile QB. So it's simple, put a playmaker back there, Vick does not have the Peyton Manning numbers but he does know how to win and that's the bottom line.

I mean when you have teams daring you to throw the deep ball there's something wrong there. I guess some Viking fans are either very patient or very blind to the facts.

Is it safe to assume we will be drafting some wide recievers in the matter where we finish....Can you believe how lucky the saints got with there Wide out Colston. Man that dude is good, and I think it helps that he has a strong armed QB throwing him the ball along with other very talented wide outs that can catch and run.

Have a great weekend Sean....I enjoy you articles man..

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