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    Does Brice Butler Deserve A Bigger Offensive Role?

    has been a hot topic for discussion before, but knowing that All-Pro WR Dez Bryant would likely be out against the , the spotlight was focused in Butler's direction once again.

    Heading into the , many people believed that #19 would give Terrance Williams a run for his money and possibly become the Cowboys new #2 wide receiver.

    Unfortunately, that battle never really materialized, but that doesn't mean the book is closed for Butler becoming in another weapon for the Cowboys .

    Stepping into the shoes of a wide receiver of Bryant's caliber is never an easy task to take on, but Butler finally showed why the Cowboys organization traded a fifth round draft pick to the to obtain his services last season.

    If you're going by stats alone, then Butler's 5 receptions for 41 yards and 1 touchdown against the 49ers is nothing to get too excited about. But, if you throw in the fact that he probably should've had another TD if not for 49ers CB Rashard Robinson making a good play by knocking the ball out of his hands in the end zone, then Butler's stats would look a lot more impressive.

    Butler has all the tools to be really good WR in the NFL, but for some reason hasn't really been able to put it all together when it's counted.

    So, that bring us to the question of does Brice Butler deserve a bigger role on offense?

    Cowboys Headlines - Does Brice Butler Deserve A Bigger Offensive Role? 1If we are all being completely honest with ourselves, then when examining everything it's difficult to see a scenario where Butler can have a bigger role for the Cowboys offense due to the players ahead of him on the .

    When we break things down, is without a doubt the #1 WR, like it or not is the #2, and Cole Beasley is firmly cemented as the Cowboys . That doesn't exactly bode well for Butler to receive a larger role on offense.

    I know what you're probably thinking, because the thought has probably crossed my mind as well.

    Why not let Butler take some of Williams' snaps?

    Well, despite what we all may think, Terrance Williams does a lot of dirty work that the for the Cowboys really appreciates. It doesn't show up on the stat sheets, but that doesn't make it any less important.

    The dirty work that I'm referring to is Williams' blocking in the . I challenge you to watch some of the game film from previous games and pay close attention to how much #83 helps the running game by blocking down field.

    It's an underrated aspect to Williams' game, but it is extremely important to why the Cowboys running game is so successful. Butler simply hasn't added that trait to his game yet.

    That's not it. Butler's route running isn't as crisp as Williams' either. Butler has gotten better in this area since last year, but still has plenty of room for improvement.

    I'm not trying to knock Butler down or anything like that, because I do believe he has the traits to be more of a #1 WR if he continues to develop.

    Where Butler is better than Williams is catching the ball away from his body. Butler has a much larger catching radius and can go up and catch the ball at the highest point, much like we have seen Dez Bryant do so many times. Williams as we know is more of a body catcher.

    If Brice Butler can continue on his current trajectory, then I could see a scenario where the staff starts to give him more opportunities in the , especially if Dez Bryant is unable to stay healthy.

    All in all, there is no way of answering with any certainty if Brice Butler will see a bigger role on offense, but I for one wouldn't mind seeing him get the ball thrown his way a little more often.

    To have capable wide receivers able to step up when needed is certainly not a bad problem to have for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, we would rather it not be as an replacement for our top WR.

    Do you think Brice Butler deserves a bigger role on offense?

    Let me hear what you think of Brice Butler's offensive role in the comment section below.

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    Brian Martin
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    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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    Arturo Delmoni

    Yes, very much so. He’s tall & he’s fast & he’s smart. Develop him, coaches!!

    Mike O'D

    Definitely agree that he needs more looks. I admit that I might be holding that bone head move from Game 1 against T-Will. I was happy to see him punished with no targets in week 2. Good article. Appreciate your work.

    javonta

    Give the man PT.

    javonta

    BB PT please!

    Eric Welly

    2 points- 1st they both have weak hands, 2. They can’t get off of press unless crossing or slanting. Williams is hit or miss getting off the jam and up the field but his catch radius is getting bigger now that he’s using his hands and reach to get the ball and not running into the pass, but accepting the pass. Biggest issue with both of them is the play calling, both are run away possession recievers, slants, comebacks, dbl move guys. Basically until they beat single coverage and get deep Witten\Squirrel\RBs will continue to be Daks 1-2-3 reads. Getting the screen game online early will open it up for the outside guys.

    Great thing is, Dak will make them look good and Romo will make them even more dangerous. So many weapons to choose from, truly a pick your poison Offense.

    John Williams

    I think Butler’s role will increase. Maybe not in 2016, but he has a really strong chance at being the number two outside receiver if the Dallas Cowboys let Terrance Williams walk in the offseason. Butler got 9 targets in week 4. It shows Dak’s confidence in Butler’s ability to make plays. I think he converts on more of those chances if he is slated to start in week 5.