Jags WR Extra Motivated

Jaguars wide receiver Troy Williamson came into the league ceremoniously, as he was the Vikings seventh-overall draft pick in 2005. After three subpar seasons with enormous expectations, the talented, yet underachieving Williamson needed to get out of Minnesota and the Jaguars obliged, giving up a sixth-round pick for the former University of South Carolina speedster.

It hasn't been a storybook resurrection for Williamson just yet in Jacksonville, as he has just four catches for 27 yards and a touchdown on the season. Although he flashed his speed in camp and preseason, he has battled a nagging groin injury that's hampered him all year.

"I'm doing pretty well, if I could just back over these groin (injuries)," Williamson explained. "I feel like it is just jumping back from groin to groin. If I could just pass this everything would be fine. Other than that, everything has been going smoothly."

Williamson's new head coach, Jack Del Rio has been pleased with what Williamson has brought to Jacksonville.

"Well it's really minimal risk to get an opportunity to get a look at a guy with the kind of speed that he has," Del Rio said. "He has been willing. He has come in and played a role on special teams. He has played some gunner. He has played a cover guy on some of our kickoff units. He has been willing to work at. We have gotten him some opportunities down field. We feel like with his speed he can kind of pry the top off of a defense a little bit. So he has been a nice addition for us. We like the way he is working and we think he will continue to improve."

Williamson flashed some of his down field ability in the Jaguars 24-17 victory at Denver, as Williamson caught a 69-yard pass from David Garrard. Unfortunately for the Jags, the play was called back due to offensive holding.

"He has had a few games where he has been good," Del Rio added. "Like I said, he has done things not only with our offense, but also with special teams."

It is unclear whether or not Troy Williamson will be active for Sunday's game against Minnesota, but if he is he will have plenty to prove to former head coach Brad Childress, who fined Williamson for going to the funeral of his grandmother last season.

"After that (the incident) I had no more respect for Childress," Williamson explained candidly. "That is gone out the window and I don't see that coming back ever. So that bridge is burned."

Despite his lack of production and health, Williamson is still enjoying his time in Jacksonville.

"I am really not frustrated here," Williamson said. "I can really say that I am really, truly having fun playing football down here, that includes on offense and special teams. It is just me getting back to where I started off in football and I feel like I am having fun. (I am) not frustrated at all. I am just having fun playing football."

Williamson will try to have fun and score a touchdown Sunday against his old team.


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