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Published: Monday, 9/20/2004

Williams sending souvenirs to Texas

BY STEVE JUNGA
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Lions wide receiver Roy Williams catches pass, then fights past Houston's Marcus Coleman to score his first NFL touchdown. Lions wide receiver Roy Williams catches pass, then fights past Houston's Marcus Coleman to score his first NFL touchdown.
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DETROIT - Select members of Roy Williams' family back home in Odessa, Texas, will be thrilled to know that they have some NFL memorabilia headed their way.

And, judging by the ease with which Williams found the end zone yesterday in just his second pro start, they likely won't have to wait long for their game balls.

Williams said he was giving the football from his first NFL TD catch to his brother, who had a receiver/cornerback rivalry in college with Texans DB Aaron Glenn, the player Williams burned for his first TD yesterday.

Williams' brother and Glenn played at Texas Tech and Texas A&M, respectively. The ball from his second TD yesterday is reserved for his mother.

So, just when will Williams keep one for himself?

"I don't know," he said. "I gotta go down the family list."

Detroit's third-year QB raved about his new target.

"Roy is just a natural receiver," Joey Harrington said. "He uses his hands as well or better than any receiver I've ever seen. You combine that with his speed and his size, and there aren't many 5-10, 5-11 DBs that can cover him.

"As a quarterback, when I see those situations like when he gets singled up on the backside, I trust he's going to beat a guy with a cushion. That allows me room for error. Had Roy not been out there on that post, I don't know if I would've thrown it. Having his size and his ability makes me feel like I don't have to be absolutely perfect. I can fudge it a little bit."

CLOSING THE DEAL: Among other positives in Week 2, Lion coach Steve Mariucci was pleased with how his third-year QB managed the game and the clock in the fourth quarter to help the Lions seal the win.

Harrington capped things with a game-clinching, 12-play, 80-yard march that took 7:39 off and culminated in Williams' second TD.

"I like the way Joey finished the game," Mariucci said. "On his last two drives that put us in the end zone - 10 out of 12 with two touchdowns, and he was chewing the clock. He managed the clock well."

Harrington shook off a slow start in the first half.

"Houston did a very good job of game-planning us at the start," Harrington said. "They showed us some things they didn't show against other people. They made some good plays and got home on some blitzes. We didn't have a whole lot of stuff down the field.

"But we're a very young team and we're going to make some mistakes, and we're going to struggle, and we're going to have little slumps.''

"But, when we hit a slump, we've got the talent to make some big plays. That's what happened. We hit a little slump, and we kept fighting and all of a sudden the guys out there made some plays. It was great to see."

SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS: Eddie Drummond's first career kickoff return TD was the eighth-longest in Lions' history at 99 yards. It gave Detroit a special teams TD for the second straight week, following safety Bracy Walker's 92-yard return of a blocked field goal last week versus the Bears.

Drummond took the scenic route, streaking from his 1 on the left side, working his way across the field, then racing down the right sideline before diving into the end zone to cap off his kickoff return score with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

ROOKIES SHINE: Williams, the prized rookie out of Texas, had four catches for 73 yards after grabbing four for 69 yards last week against Chicago. He was one of nine Lions to catch passes from Harrington.

But another Lions rookie, running back Kevin Jones from Virginia Tech, also made a significant contribution. He carried 12 times for 57 yards, as Detroit added 94 rushing yards on 23 carries (4.1 average).

EXTRA POINTS: Lions defensive end James Hall recorded multiple sacks for the second time in his five-year career with 2.5. ... The Lions will try to go 3-0 for the first time since opening 4-0 in 1980 when they host Philadelphia.



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