The Chicago Bears signed former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams this week. Per the guidelines of the new collective bargaining agreement, he can't begin practicing with the team until Aug. 4, but he was on the sidelines today as the team conducted its first training camp practice of 2011.
"It's good to get back into the swing of things, to hear the terminology that I'm used to. It's just go to see football again," he said.
Williams had his best season as a professional working under Mike Martz in Dallas. In 2006, he posted 83 catches for 1,310 yards and seven touchdowns. Having another opportunity to play in Martz's system made his decision to sign with Chicago an easy one.
"Being back with Martz and coach Drake, it's a blessing for me to go to a system that I already know, that I've had success in. It was a pretty easy decision," Williams said.
With the two having experience together, Williams feels he can buck the typical new-player learning curve and hit the ground running with the Bears.
"I think I have a head start at things, just knowing the offense, with coach Martz knowing me, knowing my strengths, play to my strengths. So short term feels good for me and we'll see what happens."
For Williams, there's really only one rule he'll have to follow for him to have a successful stay in Chicago.
"By sticking to coach Martz's number one rule: be where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there."
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