Williamson: Proceed With Caution

Williamson was certainly one of the stars of the Jaguars minicamp that was open to the public this past weekend, as he caught nearly everything thrown in his direction, and was able to routinely get open against the Jaguars secondary in passing drills. Now everyone must temper their excitement and wait. Proceed with caution...

With the hopes of upgrading a very ordinary group of wide receivers a season ago, the Jaguars signed free agent Jerry Porter and traded a sixth-round pick for former Vikings receiver Troy Williamson back in February.

During minicamp, Williamson's speed and athleticism stood out during drills, and he definitely grabbed the attention of onlookers as well as Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio.

He's a heck of a sixth-round pick," referenced Coach Del Rio to the sixth-round selection the Jaguars gave up for Williamson's rights. "He has really had a good offseason for us, we got him here with lowered expectations and he's just going to come in here and play football. He's worked hard with Todd Monken and that group."

Before Jaguars fans begin to anoint Williamson as the next Randy Moss, who he was originally drafted to replace, they should take a wait and see attitude with Williamson, who has turned heads in June before, only to frustrate Vikings fans with his drops in the regular season. Viking Update.com noted Williamson a year ago—

"Another receiver, Troy Williamson, who is coming off a disappointing 2006 season, also has looked much improved in the camps and dropped very few passes after being plagued by drops last season."

Williamson shined again in another Vikings camp, as Viking Update publisher Tim Yotter had this to say—

"Cornerback Antoine Winfield showed the best and worst of his position. He was not fooled by a move that Troy Williamson put on him and knocked away that pass.

"Later in the session, Williamson simply out-sprinted Winfield down the right sideline. When the ball was slightly underthrown, it allowed Winfield to catch up and he bumped Williamson hard enough to knock him to the ground, but the receiver still managed to haul in the pass while sliding down. The catch was met with the approval of owner Mark Wilf, who was right near the action and offered words of encouragement, and Williamson's concentration even garnered a compliment from the man he beat."

Williamson segued last season's fantastic camp performance into just 18 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown. And thus earned himself a ticket out of the "Land of 1000 Lakes."

Expectations were probably unfair for Williamson in Minnesota, as the Vikings drafted him seventh-overall in 2005, and he was immediately expected to be a replacement for the recently departed Randy Moss. Williamson talked about the much needed change of scenery–

"It was very important. Things were getting intense up there (Minnesota) as far as the head coach, me and the other coaches. I really feel welcomed here and I really love the atmosphere."

Troy Williamson has said all the right things and has looked the part of a true first-round pick since he's been in Jacksonville. That said, Jaguars fans should hold back some of that enthusiasm, as Williamson has played this role before and hasn't panned out when the pads were on.


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