Williams has new expectations with Cowboys

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Roy Williams was just beginning to build his reputation as a hard-hitting safety out of Oklahoma the last time he was on the field with coach Dave Campo.

Campo was gone five seasons and Williams isn't a rookie anymore. He's been a Pro Bowl player every year without Campo yet there are mounting questions about his ability in pass coverage.

Williams certainly didn't help change such perceptions when he admitted in a radio interview during the off-season that there were times he hoped passes weren't thrown his way.

Williams said the criticism and the questions don't surprise him. He considers that part of the job.

Campo was Williams' head coach the last time. Now he's back as the defensive coordinator. He considers Williams an unquestionable starter. But Williams' role hasn't been determined.

Along with his renewed Christian faith, Williams is wearing a new number - 38 - and has rededicated himself as a player.

Jerry Jones says he can see a renewed focus in Williams though the owner insists that Williams has nothing to prove to him.

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