The Chicago Bears made the decision to bring in WR Roy Williams who played under Mike Martz a few years back while in Detroit. Chicago then decided that Williams was going to take over as the teams starting wide receiver which forced Johnny Knox out of the starting lineup.
John Mullin of CSN Chicago writes that one of the main reasons why the teams offense has struggled during the preseason is the conditioning of Williams.
“Roy Williams was inserted into the starting lineup, replacing Johnny Knox for a variety of reasons. But Williams admits he is not in shape at this point, and that has been increasingly apparent watching the veteran go through practice at sometimes less than peak speed,” writes Mullin.
Williams has acknowledged the situation by mentioning that his biggest issue is “my conditioning. Getting my wind right. You have to be able to run in this offense. Run all day long.”
“I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football ready except for playing football,” Williams said. “That’s what I believe. It’s tough. You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to, but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.”
Obviously conditioning was going to be an issue for a number of players this year but it’s disappointing that the player that they brought in to be their No. 1 receiving option isn’t able to keep up with the teams offense. It’s still early but setbacks like this can effect the teams depth charts and overall continuity.