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Cowboys Minicamp – Is Terrance Williams Ready for the Next Step?

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Cowboys Free Agency: WR Terrance Williams Will Test Dallas' Proven Approach

Terrance Williams has been a polarizing figure around Cowboys Nation for a while now. He's shown a tremendous ability to make some amazing catches in the early part of his career. His blocking ability in the run game is tremendous; you always see him down-field blocking for others on runs after the catch as well.

He doesn't quit. He's a Jason Garrett type of player.

I think many of us were surprised that Williams returned to play for the Dallas Cowboys. The thinking being that his market value would likely price him out of the Cowboys' budget. But he signed a nice, yet team friendly deal to stay with the only team he's ever known, and Williams seems to be ready to take the next step.

According to Bryan Broaddus over at DallasCowboys.com, in his Scouting Notebook from day two of minicamp, Williams has been impressive catching the ball. Broaddus stated:

"Even when the ball has been a little high, he has not tried to contort his body in order to use it to make the catch."

There are a few more notes from the minicamp that you should definitely read.

What has been difficult for Williams -- at times -- is showing a consistency in using his hands to attack the ball as a receiver, instead letting the ball get into his body. He's effective while catching the ball with his body. The problem with "body catching" is that if you let the ball get into your chest, it can make it difficult to absorb the ball.

Think about the practice from The Mighty Ducks, where Gordon Bombay has the kids passing eggs back and forth on the ice.

When the kids didn't try to absorb the egg by cradling it on arrival, the egg would explode. The same principle applies to the football when it hits the chest piece on the shoulder pads.

The ball will bounce off the shoulder pads making it much more difficult to catch. When a player uses their hands to absorb the catch, the elbows allow your arms to give a little when the ball arrives, and that keeps the ball from bouncing as much.

We all know Terrance Williams can make some spectacular grabs with his hands, as evidenced by this play against Seattle several years ago.

NFL 2014 Cowboys at Seahawks Romo to Williams

Cowboys Playing Seahawks, they are down by 3 points in the 4th quarter with 4:55 left. It is 3rd & 20 when Tony Romo Scrambles out of a jam and throws a 22 yarder to Williams on the sideline. What a catch and obviously the Cowboys go on to win!

The question with Williams has been: is he willing to do it consistently? If minicamp is any indication, he might be ready to take the next step as an NFL wide receiver.



I didn't start out as a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quickly as I could. I grew up a Joe Montana fan when he was with the 49ers and followed him to the Chiefs, until we moved to Texas. I've now been a Fan of the Boys since the Dark Days of the Post-Aikman, Pre-Romo era of abysmal quarterback play, now relishing in more than a decade of franchise quarterbacking for America's Team.

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4 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    One of the things I have seen in this is that because of his small hand size (8.68 in) is he adapted that style of catching to compensate. Much has been made of combine measurements like hand size and it’s hard for me to elaborate on the importance. I did see him make some good hand catches last season but he is not consistent about it. This sounds like good news though and we can only hope he is getting better.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Hand size matters in football just as much as it matters in the NBA; e.g., a guy who can palm the ball with a sure grip -vs- a guy who needs to use two hands on the ball at all times. I’ve got 9.5 in hands so I can sort of relate, but there is a difference between throwing the ball with small hands and catching one. He can use two hands. I hope he gets better at using two hands, too.

      • John Williams

        Yep. Hand size can matter, but technique can matter just as much. And maybe some of it is a natural ability.

    • John Williams

      I think he’s definitely adapted his catching ability. Seems to jump to use his body, when it would have been just as easy to let the ball come to his hands. But, habits are hard to break sometimes and it can take years for some. Hopefully he’s turned the corner.

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Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup

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Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.

Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman

Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.

In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.

Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.



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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

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For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

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Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

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When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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