WR Roy Williams becoming a factor for Bears
by Mark Potash firstname.lastname@example.org October 23, 2011 8:48PM
Roy Williams reacts after dropping a pass in the first quarter. | Streeter Lecka~Getty Images
Updated: November 25, 2011 8:19AM
LONDON — Is it possible quarterback Jay Cutler is developing a connection with receiver Roy Williams?
The two really haven’t been on the same page since Williams joined the Bears at the start of training camp. But Williams led the Bears with four receptions for 59 yards in a 24-18 victory Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Wembley Stadium. That gives him eight receptions for 109 yards in the last two games.
And while Williams’ numbers Sunday were modest, they included a 25-yard touchdown catch, which came after he dropped the second pass thrown to him.
‘‘That one made me mad,’’ Williams said. ‘‘I just had to redeem myself. Jay believed in
me and trusted me and threw the ball to me.’’
Nickel back D.J. Moore keeps making the most of his opportunities. Moore sealed the victory with an interception of a pass by Josh Freeman at the Bears’ 25-yard line with 37
It was the Bears’ fourth interception of the game and Moore’s third in the last four weeks. He seems to have a knack for being at the right place at the right time.
‘‘I think he did a high-low and threw it to the guy who I was supposed to be guarding,’’ Moore said, ‘‘and I was pretty much where I was supposed to be.’’
Safety Chris Harris admitted he literally dropped the ball.
Inactive last week against the Minnesota Vikings in a surprise demotion, Harris got a chance at redemption when he started in place of Major Wright, who suffered a hip injury in practice Thursday and was inactive.
Harris dropped an interception late in the first quarter and was beaten for a touchdown by Dezmon Briscoe that pulled the Bucs to 24-18 with 7:17 left.
‘‘I felt it was OK,’’ Harris said. ‘‘I should have had that interception. I don’t know [if the coaches regained confidence in me]. We’ll see. I’ll let them judge that.’’
Wright’s injury isn’t considered serious. Asked whether he would play when the Bears visit the Philadelphia Eagles after the bye week, Wright said, ‘‘I’ll be good.’’
Gould streak ends
Robbie Gould had a streak of 13 consecutive field goals snapped when his 41-yard attempt in the third quarter was wide right. In five regular-season NFL games at Wembley Stadium, kickers are 8-for-13 on field goals, with only one make longer than 34 yards.
The miss prevented Gould from tying the San Diego Chargers’ Nate Kaeding as the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history (86.5 percent). He was 1-for-2 against the Bucs and is
173-for-201 for his career (86.1).
‘‘He just pushed it a little bit, a slight mis-hit,’’ holder Adam Podlesh said. ‘‘Even the best guys miss from time to time.’’
Conte steals one
After Cutler was intercepted by Bucs free safety Tanard Jackson, rookie safety Chris Conte made a huge play when he intercepted a pass from Freeman intended for Mike Williams at the goal line.
Williams appeared to be inches from a touchdown, but Conte stole the ball as Williams tried to secure it. It was Conte’s first NFL interception.