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4 Reasons Terrance Williams Won’t Be a Cowboy

Shane Carter

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?The Dallas Cowboys have made it their mission this off-season to revamp the wide receivers group. After a disappointing season of dropped passes, tipped catches turning into interceptions, and poor route running, 2018 will feature an almost completely new core of pass catchers.

Going into the new season, Terrance Williams was expected by some to become the new number one receiver in Dallas. However, things have gone wrong for Williams, both on and off the field, and his future with the Cowboys is not a sure thing.

And it’s not just one reason why Williams might not be a Cowboy, there are a number of reasons that have culminated in him playing his last snap in Dallas. Some are bigger than others, but the writing has been on the wall for players over and over again. Terrance Williams is just another in a long line of players who’ve overstayed their welcome.

1. Williams' Arrest

Let’s start with the obvious and most recent. On May 19, Terrance Williams was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication. When the news broke, his mug shot and subsequent arrest video were released.

Jerry Jones has staunchly supported his players for off-the-field incidents, such as Adam Jones and Michael Irvin. Even going to the point that it seems ridiculous to do so.

However, Jerry Jones now seems to have tightened his leash around players IF they’ve produced and as we’ll see next, Terrance Williams’ production hasn’t been enough to protect him.

2. Williams' Production

With Jason Witten slowing down and Dez Bryant not playing like his old self, it was hoped that Williams would be able to step up and show out. However, Williams instead posted career lows in receiving yards (568) and touchdowns (0). 2017 was his worst season to date, and it may have hurt his chances in the future.

Terrance Williams has had his chances in the past to be a number one receiver, due to injury to Dez Bryant, but wasn’t able to dominate like one. In a season where Dak Prescott needed Williams to ball out, he deflated instead.

3. Unfamiliar Faces

Last year's receiving corp consisted of Williams, Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Brice Butler and Noah Brown. As it stands today, three of the six are gone.

  • Dez Bryant was released
  • Brice Butler signed with Arizona in free agency
  • Ryan Switzer was traded to Oakland

Dez was not playing up to his price tag, Switzer became a valuable trade asset, and the team showed almost no signs that they intended on resigning Butler.

These moves were all made in the hope of giving Dak Prescott “Dak-friendly receivers.” With the moves made, one has to wonder if Williams is next. A 50% change in a position group is rare in a single off-season, but the team looks as though it may have made the right decisions.

Is trading or releasing Terrance Williams the next move?

4. Off-season Reload

In addition to the loss of three of last year's receivers, the team has gained some new faces. Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns were signed via free agency, Micheal Gallup and Cedrick Wilson were drafted, and the team traded for Tavon Austin in the draft (though he was later designated as a running back).

Traditionally, the Cowboys usually only keep five or six receivers on their roster. Though it’s possible the team keeps seven receivers, Williams will need to go up against Hurns, Thompson, Wilson, Gallup, Cole Beasley and Noah Brown for playing time.

As I mentioned earlier, the writing is on the wall. And the writing for Terrance Williams was bigger than John Hancock’s at this juncture. Terrance Williams is looking like the odd man out.



Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.

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7 Comments
  • Ben Dangel

    Unless he gets suspended he wont be released this year because of his contract.

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      Yes,
      Which is why I feel they should go 6-7 wr’s this season
      Especially if T Will gets suspended
      Today, David Irvin just got his 4 games suspension
      &
      I feel T Will has just as an imminent suspension looming which will cause Dallas to be very prepared receiver wise
      Hint
      Use his release salary to add another free agent receiver

      I feel if one averages out Williams career stats, he’d only be equivalent to a #3 receiver

      • Ben Dangel

        Irving got suspended bc of PED and I dont think he gets re signed. I think if T will gets suspended, i think he has a good chance to be released. I think Gallop will take over as the no. 2 WR.

        • Sexcdex Xfact

          Very feasible
          However,
          hypothetically if David Irvin comes back & say, gets in 12games the production DLaw got in 16games,,,,,,,I just don’t see a release ,,,,even if he gets 1-1/2 sack per game they won’t release him

          And I can accept if they continue to give prove it one year deals or an extension that was heavy laced with incentives until he proved himself mature off the field

          We definitely don’t want nor need Philly, Redskins or Giants with him

          And I’m not going to limit Michael Gallup to the 2nd WR position
          He has a very high ceiling

          Cole, is more of a proven #1 than them all at this point

          Training Camp & preseason will filter things out
          Too early to predict for sure
          But overall I can agree with your take on this

  • Sexcdex Xfact

    T Will will be my most unpopular choice to keep
    He helped Dallas before Brice Butler resigned in order to keep the offense in place for the young Prescott
    And
    He did so with a team friendly deal & a squeaky-clean PR record

    But when teams schemed to take away Dak’s weapons by keying in on their weaknesses & not just his, (in which 5 receivers weaknesses far outlays that if the Qb)
    Combined with barely no time to go through his progressions, (due to the loss of 2 O line starters then loss of 2 pro bowler O linemen + Zeke) which left less time for them to get open
    ,,,,,,,,Terrance production, along witheveryone else’s regressed

    Now, for financial sense coupled with the purposes of “just in case ” insurance
    Dallas need to carefully consider keeping T Will onboard especially in light of his bigplay making ability in key moments despite having a dismal ’17 season
    Then he just might be a trade asset/part of a trade pkg, etc,,,,, who knows
    Hopefully the latter is most attractive due to a very promising training camp

    I also think Dallas should go 6 WR regardless as Dak-friendly/team-friendly with 4TE’s
    Plus keeping Williams for a waste-not mentality
    Prayerfully he bounces back & live up to his contract & gives Dallas value for next year’s trade options

    • Ervinlang318

      TWill has a Low Football IQ with zero consistency. When Dez was out while Romo was here TWill never took over and tried to be lead Dog. He is a 3rd/4th WR at best pretending to be a Number 2. A WR worth his weight will find some way to score a TD and Dak,O-Linemen/Zeke,Team Injuries is not to Blame for that.

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        That’s mostly true
        For without the threat of Zeke & injury to both Smith # Martin at critical points in the season, Prescott simply didn’t have time to attempt certain passes
        Expert hof QB have been defending Dak in that the best can’t pass from being buried in the turf
        Zeke’s absence hurt every area of the offense
        &
        Dez’s decline didn’t loosen the defense for its 2nd receiver
        But with this being said, I maintain my opinion that if they got rid if Dez then why keep Williams except for worse case scenario & of course, the salary hit
        Then I’m pretty sure Come. R Goddell is going to have a say in this Lamborghini incident
        So T. Will bust might not be an option anyway
        He’s just not my favorite & may be a progress stopper for the remaining future WR’s that need critical reps prior to season opener

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Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins

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Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars feels like just the introduction to this season's story. Whether or not the body of this story tells a disappointing tale or one of triumph can be revealed as early as this Sunday.

When the Cowboys travel to Washington, they'll be looking for their first road win of the season, and with it the NFC East lead over a Redskins team that would fall to 3-3 and 0-1 inside the division.

Early season losses at the Panthers, Seahawks, and Texans do little in predicting the Cowboys faith at the Redskins. These three teams are a combined 6-2 at home this season, with the Cowboys most recent loss in Houston falling much more on coaching than it did on-field execution.

Making their week six win over the NFL's top defense look extraordinarily easy, the Cowboys continued on a seemingly timeless trend under Jason Garrett. Returning to AT&T Stadium at 2-3, the Cowboys won their 12th game at one under .500 under Garrett.

Their 378 total yards on offense against the Jaguars brought their average in three home games up to 363.3, nearly 88 yards better than their road performances this season. The Redskins have allowed 326.2 yards per game this season, ranked fifth in the league just behind the Cowboys at 315.2 yards a game.

Garrett has gone 11-4 in his head coaching career against the Redskins, winning his last five at FedEx Field by an average of less than 10 points a game. The Redskins have turned the ball over just five times this season and allow a stout 90.2 rushing yards per game, meaning this game has all the makings of another classic between historic NFC East rivals.

In an ongoing effort to learn just who these 2018 Cowboys really are, a close win on the road would go a long way, beyond the slack they were afforded earlier this season to tighten up their game and make a serious push for the division.

The Cowboys will be on their bye week following Sunday's game. It comes at the perfect time for players like Sean Lee, Chidobe Awuzie, and Tavon Austin. With Austin struggling to make a sustained impact in the Cowboys offense, Awuzie conceding snaps to Jourdan Lewis, and Lee looking on at Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch dominate at LB, these three Cowboys among plenty of others know how important this game is for remaining relevant down the stretch.

Shortening this rivalry's history to just the games quarterbacked by Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are 3-0 with Prescott completing 65.3% of his passes - easily his highest mark against any NFC East foe.

The Cowboys confidence in getting to 4-3 should rest in Prescott using both his arm and legs to give the Cowboys the lead, than force Alex Smith to beat this defense.

The Redskins aren't a team that will beat themselves, leaving this one for the taking of a Cowboys team buried after week five's loss and crowned NFC East leaders 'elect' by week seven. A funny game this NFL is, and one the Cowboys don't want to play around with too much when considering Sunday's opponent - as well as the task at hand of earning a win on the road the latest in a season since 2013 for Dallas.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys Defense Getting Players Back at the Right Time

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Could Any of These 3 Cowboys Disappoint Cowboys Nation in 2017?

The Dallas Cowboys have played really well on defense this season allowing the seventh fewest rushing yards per game, the third lowest yards per carry, and the eighth fewest passing yards per game this season. They've done it for most of the 2018 season without Defensive Tackles Maliek Collins and David Irving, and Linebacker Sean Lee, who's missed the last three games with a strained hamstring.

This week the Cowboys play the NFC East leading Washington Redskins, making this a very important matchup for the Cowboys playoff chances. The Dallas Cowboys are 2-2 in the NFC in 2018, so a win against the Washington Redskins on Sunday carries much more importance. If the Cowboys have hopes of making the playoffs, they're going to have to improve their record against the NFC and they can on Sunday with their defense getting back to (nearly) full health.

Still awaiting word on Chidobe Awuzie's availability for this week.

Antwaun Woods, Tyrone Crawford, and David Ross have held up really well on the Cowboys defensive interior without Irving and Collins, which makes their return even more important. Better depth along the defensive interior is only going to help those guys have more productive snaps. Both Collins and Irving are explosive penetrating defensive tackles that give interior offensive lineman fits with their combination of strength and quickness. They play the run and pass with equal effectiveness and make life a lot easier for the linebackers and the defensive ends.

In their first game back in week six, Irving and Collins combined for two quarterback pressures, a quarterback hit (Irving) and a sack (Collins). Irving also drew a holding call on a punt.

Getting them back takes so much pressure off the defensive ends to generate pressure in passing situations. With better pressure from the interior of the defense, DeMarcus Lawrence and the other defensive ends will have better opportunities for sacks because opposing quarterbacks won't be able to step up in the pocket with as much ease as they have through the first five games of the season.

The linebacker duo of Jaylon Smith, and Leighton Vander Esch have been one of the best position groups for the Cowboys this season. As good as they've been, Sean Lee is still one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Though he's leading the Cowboys in solo tackles with 43, Leighton Vander Esch probably sees a decrease in his snaps with Lee returning. They'll all play, however, and the Cowboys will look for ways to have them all on the field together.

Getting Lee, Irving, and Collins on the field at the same time with the defensive parts that the Cowboys already boast in Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Byron Jones is going to make playing offense nearly impossible.

How do you attack these guys?

The Washington Redskins rank in the bottom third in passing yards, yards per attempt, and are 18th in the NFL in passer rating. Washington ranks in the top half of the league in rushing yards per game, but rank 23rd in yards per attempt.

If there's an area where the Dallas Cowboys defense has been susceptible this season it's against the pass and having all of their best defensive players available for this week seven NFC East matchup is going to make all the difference. They'll be able to generate pressure with fewer blitzes because of the ability of Irving and Collins to generate pressure from the interior.

Though the Redskins have had some success on the ground in 2018, it's going to be tough sledding for Adrian Peterson and the Redskins run game. Lee, Vander Esch, and Smith all play the run extremely well and with the improved talent at defensive tackle, Peterson is going to find very few open lanes against the Dallas Cowboys defense.

The elite defense that we imagined this team could be may be right around the corner. Having everyone healthy and on the field together as the Dallas Cowboys get ready for the stretch run of the NFL season is huge.

Get ready NFL. Points are going to be really hard to come by.



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Report: Austin Heading to IR: Deonte Thompson is the Next Man Up

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Wide Receiver Deonte Thompson Making Preseason Debut Vs. Cardinals

Tavon Austin's stint with the Dallas Cowboys has been up and down through six games. He's provided some big play ability on the outside, but hasn't really had the running room on jet sweeps that the Dallas Cowboys would have hoped for when they acquired Austin from the Los Angeles Rams during the 2018 NFL Draft.

Now it's being reported by Brandon George from the Dallas Morning News that Austin may be headed to injured reserve for a groin tear suffered in the Dallas Cowboys week six win over the Jaguars.

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said WR Tavon Austin will be getting a second opinion on his injured right groin in the next day or so. He didn't discount possibility of him being placed on injured reserve.

 

Whether Austin goes to injured reserve or not remains to be seen, but we do know that he'll miss week seven and likely won't be able to suit up for a while. Though Austin hasn't been relied upon much, he has been a threat that opposing defenses have had to account for in both the passing and running game. Tavon Austin leaves a bit of a hole.

Enter Deonte Thompson.

Deonte Thompson, who was signed by the Dallas Cowboys this past offseason, hasn't been the same type of rushing threat that Austin has been in his NFL career. Thompson's only carried the ball two times in his career for -5 yards. However, Thompson has some skills that could bode well should the Dallas Cowboys decide to use him in the jet sweep role that Austin is vacating.

He's been a return threat in his NFL career, averaging 24.8 yards per return. He's had returns of 47, 64, and 74 yards. He's also had some good moments running after the catch in his career, though he hasn't gotten many opportunities.

Thompson's a former track athlete and before the 2012 NFL Draft ran a 4.30 40 yard dash. He has the speed and a bit more size than Austin to make some things happen if given the opportunities.

The jet sweep has become an important staple in the Dallas Cowboys offense. Even when they don't hand it off on the sweep, they use it in play action, to set up screens, and even to get the defense thinking about it on direct hand offs to Ezekiel Elliott. They aren't going to want to scrap that part of the playbook just because Austin will be sitting out. Deonte Thompson can be that guy. Much like Marquise Goodwin in San Francisco, Thompson has elite speed.

He's not just football fast. He's fast-fast.

When I was in high school, I played baseball. In the baseball program I was fast. The fastest on the team. That was my game. Infield singles. Stretching doubles to triples. Stealing bases. I was fast. I went out for track my senior season because I thought, "hey I'm fast, let's see what would happen if I ran the 100-meter-dash." I found out really quickly that there is a difference between baseball fast and track fast.

The same applies to football and track. Deonte Thompson is track fast. He's a guy that the Dallas Cowboys need to get the ball to on those jet sweeps to continue to threaten defenses sideline to sideline. When it's working, as we've seen with Lucky Whitehead in the past and Tavon Austin this year, it opens up a lot for the Dallas Cowboys offense.

It's likely that Cole Beasley gets those first jet sweep attempts, and as a trusted veteran for the Dallas Cowboys, he probably should. But, if Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan want to continue to use the jet sweep to the offense's maximum benefit, they need to start showing it with Deonte Thompson. He has the speed to get to the corner and take it to the end zone from any where on the field.

Here's an example of what Thompson can do with the ball in his hands.

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109 YARDS TO THE HOUSE!!! Deonte Thompson returns the missed field goal and runs it all the way back for a @ChicagoBears TD! #CHIvsAZ https://t.co/k9IfkZMoIY

 

With Tavon Austin set to be out -- possibly for the season -- it's time to see what Deonte Thompson can do. The Dallas Cowboys need to get a win here to get above .500 for the first time this season and set themselves up to make a run at the divisional crown. Deonte Thompson's ability with the ball in his hands will give them a good opportunity to do just that.



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