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  Seahawks | Seattle loads up on UDFAs    Sun Apr 29, 12:36 PM

Undrafted free-agent WR John Franklin III (Florida Atlantic), FB Khalid Hill (Michigan), WR Taj Williams (TCU), FB Marcus X. Martin (Slippery Rock), QB Troy Williams (Utah) and WR Caleb Scott (Vanderbilt) signed undisclosed contracts with the Atlanta Falcons.

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  NFL | Roy Williams announces retirement    Sat Sep 8, 09:59 PM

Free-agent WR Roy Williams (Bears) announced his retirement from the NFL with a status update on his official Facebook page Saturday, Sept. 8. Williams had planned on playing this season, and he had a tryout with the Houston Texans in late July, but he was not offered a contract.

Footballguys view: Williams will be remembered as a disappointment despite a semi-productive career. He'll also be remembered for inducing Jerry Jones to make one of the worst trades of all-time.

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  Texans | Roy Williams to have workout     Thu Jul 26, 08:01 AM

Free-agent WR Roy Williams (Bears) will work out for the Houston Texans Thursday, July 26, according to his agent Ben Dogra.

Footballguys view: Maybe he'll be better than Mike Sims-Walker. Lestar Jean will remain ahead of any veteran wide receiver the Texans sign unless he flops in training camp and the preseason.

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  Cowboys | Unlikely to be interested in former WRs    Wed Mar 14, 02:03 PM

The Dallas Cowboys likely will not show interest in free-agent WRs Patrick Crayton (Chargers) and Roy Williams (Bears).

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  Bears | Have not talked with Roy Williams    Thu Mar 8, 07:58 PM

The Chicago Bears have not spoken with impending free-agent WR Roy Williams or his representatives this offseason about a new contract.

Footballguys view: Williams was a failed experiment with the Bears and won't be back in Chicago this year. The veteran may not have many teams interested in his services this year.

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  Bears | May not be interested in bringing back Roy Williams    Wed Feb 8, 04:19 PM

The Chicago Bears may not be interested in re-signing impending free-agent WR Roy Williams this offseason. Williams believes he deserves a chance to go to training camp and compete for a roster spot.

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  Bears | Roy Williams effective Week 17    Sun Jan 1, 06:08 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams caught four passes for 60 yards and one touchdown in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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  Bears | Roy Williams wants to return    Wed Dec 28, 04:20 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams said he would 'be happy' to re-sign with the team for next year but will look at other teams if the club decides to go in another direction. Williams would like to stay regardless of whether offensive coordinator Mike Martz sticks around.

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  Bears | Roy Williams leads team in receiving in Week 16    Mon Dec 26, 12:13 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams posted team-highs with six receptions and 81 yards in the Week 16 loss against the Green Bay Packers. The yardage total was easily a season high, besting his 62-yard output in Week 11 against the San Diego Chargers. Williams came in with just six grab for 68 yards in four games since that performance against the Chargers.

Footballguys view: Williams is producing more because of Johnny Knox being out for the season than anything else. He is worth a desperation play against the Vikings woeful secondary, but his days of fantasy relevance are basically behind Williams now.

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  Bears | Roy Williams upset with Sam Hurd     Fri Dec 16, 09:29 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams said he is upset and disappointed over WR Sam Hurd's arrest on federal drug charges. 'This is just very shocking to me,' Williams said. 'And I'm kind of pissed off at him, too, because it's a really selfish act. He has let us down in the wide receiver group, in which we were so close. He let down the wide receivers coach, the head coach, the Bears organization and the city. But that's my boy, too.'

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  Bears | Johnny Knox leads team in receiving in Week 14    Sun Dec 11, 08:59 PM

Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox had three receptions for a team-high 37 yards in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos. WR Roy Williams was the only other wideout to record a catch, posting two grabs for 22 yards. WRs Earl Bennett and Devin Hester each had no receptions and were just targeted once each.

Footballguys view: Knox had an auspicious start with Hanie two weeks ago, but he probably isn't even worth carrying now.

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  Bears | Roy Williams quiet in Week 12    Sun Nov 27, 09:37 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams had three receptions for 37 yards in the Week 12 game against the Oakland Raiders. Williams has three or more catches in five of his past six games.

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  Bears | Roy Williams bounces back in Week 11    Mon Nov 21, 12:26 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams had a season-high five receptions for 62 yards in Week 11 against the San Diego Chargers, rebounding from his zero-catch performance in Week 10. His previous season high had been four grabs in Week 9.

Footballguys view: Williams looked rejuvenated in the game, but QB Jay Cutler's injury takes the wind of our his fantasy value's sails.

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  Bears | Roy Williams blanked against old team    Sun Nov 13, 08:37 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams started in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, one of his former teams, but he was held without a reception. Williams was targeted just two times.

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  Bears | Roy Williams has three grabs in Week 9    Tue Nov 8, 12:15 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams had three receptions for 46 yards in the Week 9 game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Nov. 7. After posting just six receptions in his first four games, Williams has 10 grabs over the past three games, with at least 46 yards in each game during the span.

Footballguys view: Williams has been more reliable as of late. He doesn't really have fantasy value, but Williams is helping the Bears win games.

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  Bears | Roy Williams becoming a factor     Mon Oct 24, 10:30 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams led the team with four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. That gives him eight receptions for 109 yards in the last two games.

Footballguys view: Williams is staying healthy and getting back up to speed in the Mike Martz offense. His production is trending up but we can't recommend him as anything more than a WR3 on most weeks.

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  Bears | Roy Williams regains stronghold on job    Tue Oct 18, 09:54 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams has regained his starting spot at wide receiver after a slow start. He had three catches for 50 yards in the Week 6 win against the Minnesota Vikings, including two grabs for first downs.

Footballguys view: More Martz Madness as the Bears seem to favor Williams because of his size. This does help Devin Hester, as the absence of Johnny Knox in the starting lineup will give him more of the deep routes.

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  Bears | Roy Williams winds up with 50 yards    Mon Oct 17, 12:42 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams had three receptions for 50 yards in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. The yardage total was his highest since Week 1, when he debuted with 55 yards. Over the past three games, he had just two catches for 26 yards.

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  Bears | Roy Williams nearly invisible in return to Detroit    Tue Oct 11, 12:29 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams had just one reception for 11 yards in the Week 5 game Monday, Oct. 10, against the Detroit Lions, his former team.

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  Bears | Roy Williams held off stat sheet in Week 3    Sun Sep 25, 10:54 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams was targeted four times in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, but he was held without a reception.

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  Bears | Four players expected to play    Fri Sep 23, 05:21 PM

Chicago Bears RB Marion Barber III (calf), WR Roy Williams (groin), OG Lance Louis (ankle) and SS Chris Harris (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23. They are all listed as questionable for Week 3 but are expected to play.

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  Bears | Roy Williams practices    Thu Sep 22, 04:30 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams (groin) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 22.

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  Bears | Four limited    Wed Sep 21, 05:20 PM

Chicago Bears RB Marion Barber III (calf), S Chris Harris (hamstring), OG Lance Louis (ankle) and WR Roy Williams (groin) were limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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  Bears | Week 2 Inactives    Sun Sep 18, 11:52 AM

The Chicago Bears have declared SS Chris Harris, DL Corey Wootton, OG Lance Louis, RB Marion Barber III, QB Nathan Enderle, WR Roy Williams, DL Stephen Paea inactive for Week 1.

Footballguys view: With Williams out, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, and Earl Bennett all have chances for more targets today.

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  Bears | Roy Williams not ruled out for Week 2    Fri Sep 16, 09:50 PM

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith refused to rule out WR Roy Williams (groin) for Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints even though he did not practice again Friday, Sept 16.

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  Bears | Roy Williams questionable     Fri Sep 16, 04:50 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams (groin) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 16, and is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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  Bears | Roy Williams game-time decision for Week 2     Fri Sep 16, 10:32 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams (groin) will likely be a game-time decision for Week 2.

Footballguys view: Johnny Knox could get an increased opportunity and the extra targets could also run off to Devin Hester or Earl Bennett, or even Dane Sanzenbacher.

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  Bears | Roy Williams misses practice    Thu Sep 15, 04:48 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams (groin) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 15.

Footballguys view: It's looking more and more like Johnny Knox is going to be in the starting lineup opposite Deven Hester.

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  Bears | Roy Williams does not practice    Wed Sep 14, 04:31 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Footballguys view: If Williams can't play this week the team will use Johnny Knox as a starter opposite Devin Hester.

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  Bears | Roy Williams uncertain for Week 2    Wed Sep 14, 12:12 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams' (groin) status for Week 2 is uncertain because of a groin injury he suffered in Week 1.

Footballguys view: The Bears will turn to Johnny Knox as a starting WR opposite Devin Hester if Williams can't play.

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  Bears | Roy Williams suffers groin injury    Sun Sep 11, 03:57 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams (groin) suffered a groin injury during the fourth quarter Week 1 and will not return to the game.

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  Bears | Roy Williams in danger of losing starting job    Thu Aug 25, 01:32 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams is in danger of losing his starting job if he doesn't show improvement soon, according to receivers coach Darryl Drake. 'I understand that Roy's got some things to do, as far as getting in shape, but that's not my fault, and that's not my concern,' Drake said. 'My concern is making sure, when we play Atlanta (in Week 1), we got the best guys out there, that is going to give us the best chance to win. And if (WR Johnny Knox) is that guy, then he needs to be out there.'

Footballguys view: The bigger story was that Williams was in danger of starting a few weeks ago. Johnny Knox has had a good camp and preseason and those that stuck by him in fantasy leagues should be rewarded.

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  Bears | Roy Williams not in shape     Thu Aug 18, 10:45 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams admits that he is still not in football shape at this point in training camp, and that has been increasingly apparent watching Williams go through practice at sometimes less than peak speed. Williams acknowledged that the biggest thing for him to work on at this point is 'my conditioning. Getting my wind right. You have to be able to run in this offense. Run all day long.'

Footballguys view: Williams had the best season of his career under Mike Martz when the two were together in Detroit. He knows what it takes to be successful in that offense, and should get himself into better shape by the start of the regular season.

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  Bears | Roy Williams plays just one series    Sun Aug 14, 01:38 AM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams played just one series in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Buffalo Bills, and he did not have any offensive statistics. He is trying to hold off WR Johnny Knox for a starting job.

Footballguys view: That's starter treatment, which can't make Knox owners happy.

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  Bears | Roy Williams listed as starter    Wed Aug 10, 02:19 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams is listed as one of the starting wide receivers on the depth chart for the first preseason game.

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  Bears | Johnny Knox needs to improve    Mon Aug 8, 04:57 PM

Continuing previous reports, Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox will compete with WR Roy Williams for the starting job at split end. Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said Knox has 'to improve' this year, but did not provide any specific details on what Knox needs to work on. Knox led the league in most interceptions on passes intended to a wide receiver (11).

Footballguys view: We'll provide details. Knox wasn't always in the right place at the right time and he didn't compete well for balls in the air. He was fine when he was wide open, and his speed and quicks can get him open, but when it came down to being physical, Knox was overwhelmed by more aggressive corners.

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  Bears | Johnny Knox, Roy Williams to compete for job    Sun Aug 7, 11:58 AM

Chicago Bears wide receivers Darryl Drake said WRs Johnny Knox and Roy Williams will be competing for the starting split end position during preseason.

Footballguys view: Whether or not Knox holds off Williams, it is clear that the Bears don't see him as their best receiver, even though he had the best fantasy numbers last year. Knox was responsible for multiple interceptions and generally did not compete well for the ball in flight. Even if Knox starts, expect Williams to play a large role and cap Knox's value this year.

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  Bears | Roy Williams happy to be back with Mike Martz    Sun Jul 31, 01:35 PM

Chicago Bears WR Roy Williams said joining the Bears was an easy decision for him, as he is reunited with offensive coordinator Mike Martz and wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. 'To be back with Martz and coach Drake, it's a blessing for me to go to a system I already know that I've had success in,' Williams said.

Footballguys view: Reunited and it feels so good! Williams should be happy for the connection because he had his best year as a pro under Martz when they were together in Detroit.

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  Bears | Hoping Roy Williams can resurrect career    Sat Jul 30, 02:06 AM

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith hopes newly added WR Roy Williams will be able to turn his career around now that he is in the Windy City. Smith said Williams is a great talent, noting he is big, can block and they believe he can win one-on-one battles with defenders. 'I think we've had some success with some players that it didn't work out somewhere else. Then they come here and finish up strong,' Smith said of Williams.

Footballguys view: Williams has to find the edge he seemed to lose in Detroit and Dallas. He flashed early last season in games with Tony Romo, so perhaps he could play a role in the Chicago pass offense this season. It's not even impossible that he starts, but it would be highly unlikely that beats out Earl Bennett in training camp.

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  Bears | Roy Williams reunited with Mike Martz    Fri Jul 29, 07:23 AM

With the Chicago Bears acquiring WR Roy Williams, the team reunites Williams with former offensive coordinator Mike Martz and gives QB Jay Cutler a bigger (6-3, 215 pounds) target in the passing game. Williams, who has had a tumultuous career, had his best season (82-1,310-7) under Martz while the two were in Detroit in 2006.

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  Bears | Roy Williams agrees to terms    Fri Jul 29, 07:02 AM

The Chicago Bears have reached a contract agreement with free-agent WR Roy Williams (Cowboys). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Bears get the big receiver they've been looking for here. Williams gets to work under Mike Martz again, and he will challenge Earl Bennett for the starting job opposite Johnny Knox. Williams had his career year with Martz back in 2006.

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  Bears | Interested in Roy Williams    Thu Jul 28, 07:45 PM

The Chicago Bears are interested in adding free-agent WR Roy Williams (Cowboys), who was cut by the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, July 28. Williams played in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system with the Detroit Lions and Williams has ties to receivers coach Darryl Drake.

Footballguys view: Williams had his career year with Martz back in 2006. He could compete with Earl Bennett to start if the Bears don't add another WR in free agency.

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  Cowboys | Nine released    Thu Jul 28, 06:26 PM

The Dallas Cowboys released RB Marion Barber III, WR Troy Bergeron, OT Robert Brewster, OG Travis Bright, PK Kris Brown, OT Marc Colombo, OG Leonard Davis, LB Kelvin Smith and WR Roy Williams Thursday, July 28.

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  Cowboys | Sam Hurd could return    Tue Jul 26, 10:40 PM

The Dallas Cowboys could look to re-sign WR Sam Hurd after announcing Tuesday, July 26, that they will not bring back WR Roy Williams. However, there is interest from other teams in Hurd.

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  Cowboys | Roy Williams to be cut    Tue Jul 26, 02:34 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have told WR Roy Williams that he will be released this week.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys have a good young group of receivers behind Williams and now they will need them to elevate their game. Williams was simply too pricey for the Cowboys to keep around this year as they try to clear cap space. Several teams should be interested in Williams on the open market. We think the Bears, Jaguars, and Raiders could express interest in the veteran receiver.

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  Cowboys | Unlikely to get restructured deal with Roy Williams    Thu Jul 7, 01:41 PM

The Dallas Cowboys likely will not be able to agree on a restructured contract with WR Roy Williams and is expected to release him once the lockout is over.

Footballguys view: Williams actually flashed a little of old Roy that was a fantasy factor with the Lions earlier in his career, so if he lands in a good passing offense, we'll keep him on waiver wire watch. His likely departure will give more opportunity to youngsters like Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris.

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  Cowboys | Appears that Roy Williams will be released    Sun Jul 3, 02:54 PM

The Dallas Cowboys likely will look to release WR Roy Williams once the lockout is over because of the money he makes and that the team wants to give WR Dez Bryant more playing time.

Footballguys view: This contradicts an earlier report that stated the team could keep Williams around as veteran insurance behind Bryant and Miles Austin. Williams is due to make $5.1 million this year and could be too expensive to keep around in a backup role.

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  Cowboys | WR Williams likely to stay because of lockout    Mon Jun 20, 01:48 PM

Tim MacMahon, from ESPNDallas.com, believes the lockout is good for older players like Cowboys WR Roy Williams. The veteran WR could stay in Dallas for another season because the lockout has stunted the growth of second-year pro Dez Bryant.

Footballguys view: The team hasn't been able to work with Bryant because of the lockout and they may feel it's wise to keep Williams around for another year.

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  Cowboys | Roy Williams appears safe    Wed Feb 16, 11:22 AM

Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams' spot on the roster appears safe because there is no one on the roster that could take immediately take over the No. 3 wide receiver job if Williams were released, reports Calvin Watkins, of ESPNDallas.com.

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  Cowboys | Roy Williams must take pay cut    Thu Jan 13, 10:19 AM

Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams will only return to the team in 2011 if he takes a pay cut, according to Gerry Fraley, of The Dallas Morning News. This season, Williams was a good No. 3 receiver whose blocking was as significant as his receiving. However, his contract calls for the salary ($9.25 million) of a No. 1 receiver.

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