Gameballs: A Star Is Born

Playing in front of his family and friends, who were in the stands at Ford Field as well as a nationally televised audience including thousands who saw him grow up playing schoolboy football in Texas, Lions' WR Roy Williams had a great coming out party in his first appearance as the Lions feature receiver.

(DETROIT) - "I think I did OK, [there's] still a lot of things I need to learn. The first half I made a couple of mistakes that I need to get corrected but the second half was pretty good."

Pretty good? Lions wide receiver Roy Williams is a master of the understated.

Playing in front of his family and friends, who were in the stands at Ford Field as well as a nationally televised audience including thousands who saw him grow up playing schoolboy football in Texas, Williams had a great coming out party in his first appearance as the Lions feature receiver.

His four catches for 73 yards and two highlight reel touchdowns earns him the game ball for this week. Williams' performance helped the Lions move to 2-0 for the first time since 2000 with their 28-16 win over the Houston Texans.

Williams' performance was highlighted on ESPN's NFL primetime as one of the top performances for Sunday. That was on the heels of his one-handed circus catch against the Bears being named the ESPN.com's highlight of the week.

The rookie from Texas is quickly stamping himself as a top contender for rookie of the year honors.

"The feature wide receiver in this offense is the "Z" position," said Williams "and that is what Charles [Rogers] played. I just had to step up. He would have done the same thing [that I did] today. It just so happens that he's not here and I was in his place."

Particularly impressive is the way the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is able to shed defensive backs with his size, then run past them with his speed.

"Obviously, he's a strong guy, he's a physical specimen," said head coach Steve Mariucci of Williams. "So they have to decide if they're going to 'bump and run' him, because he's very physical. Then he's a 10.08 100-meter [dash] guy so you know he's got some speed as well.

Mariucci went on to dispute some media reports that Williams has alligator arms. "You add the great hands; I've been telling you the whole time he's got great hands, he shows it all the time in practice. He had the ESPN.com play of the week last week. He gives you a little bit of all that and he'll stick his nose in and block, he's going to start taking more pride in blocking, he'll start hitting those 'DB's' and he'll earn a reputation for being a physical receiver. I think he likes doing that."

Williams outstanding play, including his two touchdown catches earns him the LionsFans.com gameball of the week.

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