Roy Williams is the Target

The Browns will go after the Cowboys defensive back, and he knows it. Here are some notes from behind enemy lines as the Browns and Cowboys creep closer to their season-opening clash...

Cowboys safety Roy Williams knows he will be a target for the Browns offense this week.

Heck, he has been a target all offseason from inside and outside the locker room for his poor coverage skills.

Why would he expect anything to be different come the 2008 season opener, especially against a Browns team that features Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow.

"Why wouldn't they?" Williams said. "I expect (them) to come at (me) all the time. Plus, plus when they have Winslow, he is basically another receiver.

So you know they are. Not to sugarcoat it, they are going to flex him out and try to create one-on-one situations."

"Personally, I never felt like I couldn't get it done," Williams continued. "I don't worry about that. When they put me in man situations, I will have to man up and play."

Williams vowed during the offseason to prove his critics wrong in 2008. Although he always believed he could do it, he put time in training camp working against wide receivers to improve his coverage skills.

"I covered receivers in camp, I am not worried about covering," Williams said. "Last year, I really didn't cover receivers in camp. I did it to remind myself I can do it when I get some work at it. It's about getting some work."


--WR Terrell Owens has gone from pariah to team captain. Once a controversial figure who was considered a locker room divider, Owens was named one of the eight team captains. He joins Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Marion Barber on offense. Defensive captains are linebacker Bradie James, safety Ken Hamlin and linebacker Greg Ellis. Keith Davis was named special teams captain.

--SS Keith Davis joined the Cowboys on Wednesday after being cut by the Dolphins. On Thursday, he was named team captain, which speaks volumes about how much he was missed and what his teammates think of him.

--CB Terence Newman remains bothered by a training camp groin injury and may not start against the Browns, if he plays. The Cowboys plan to bring Newman along slowly so he just may play in the nickel.

--CB Adam Jones will likely start against the Browns in place of the hobbled Terence Newman. It would be quite a comeback for Jones, who was suspended for the 2007 season for repeated violations of the NFL's personal-conduct policy. It will be his first start since December 2006, when he was with Tennessee. It is also his first official game since then.

--RB Felix Jones will alternate with CB Adam Jones on returning kickoffs in the season opener. Adam Jones will be the primary punt returner.

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