No one, and I mean no one, saw Dak Prescott coming. He took over the NFL in a way that completely stunned all those around him, to the point that it forced Tony Romo - the Cowboys all-time leader in passing - to retire. It's understandable after all, there are always misses when it comes to the NFL Draft. Some people can accept this, but others feel the need to get way too hipster about it all with continual batches of takes.
Dak Prescott as rookie had great OL, run game and a true No 1 WR. Still has it, but at some point won't. Then we'll really learn about him.
Let me be clear here and say that Andy Benoit does great work... but I don't understand the point that he decided to try and circle around on Monday. There are so many thoughts that I have about this one, simple tweet that I had to take some time to write them down (you're reading them!).
How Did We Not Learn Anything About Dak Prescott?
The insinuation that Andy is making here is that because the Dallas Cowboys have pieces around Dak Prescott in the form of an offensive line, run game, and Dez Bryant that we simply do not know anything about him. What?
Dez Bryant is an amazing wide receiver (I fell on a Janoris Jenkins-shaped sword for him on Monday because of how great he is), but he doesn't at all make Dak Prescott who he is. Does our perpetrator here not remember that Dez Bryant missed three games? The Cowboys traveled to San Francisco, hosted Cincinnati, and went to Lambeau Field all without #88 suiting up. Dak seemed to not completely fall apart...
- San Francisco: 23/32, 245 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, win.
- Cincinnati: 18/24, 227 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions, win.
- Green Bay: 18/27, 247 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, win.
To belittle Dez Bryant's importance to the Dallas Cowboys would be silly, but let's really pump the brakes on just declaring that Dak had a "true No 1 WR". The only metric in which Dez Bryant actually finished first in on the team was touchdowns (8). He was second in yards (Cole Beasley) and third in receptions (Beasley and Jason Witten). Dez Bryant is a huge part of the Cowboys Offense, but this is a ridiculous blanket statement.
Did The Dallas Cowboys Offense Drastically Change From 2015 To 2016?
The 2015 Dallas Cowboys were a train wreck in many painful ways; however, from a roster perspective - specifically the offensive starters - not a whole lot changed when Dak Prescott took over.
Almost hard to evaluate Dak Prescott because his conditions are so favorable (OL, run game, etc.) That's incredibly rare in NFL.
Andy Benoit is attesting that it's difficult to evaluate Dak Prescott... because the conditions are so favorable?! These same exact conditions - for the most part, Dez Bryant missed more time in 2015 - existed for Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore just one year before Prescott's arrival. Were the Offensive Line and stout run game (Darren McFadden finished 4th in rushing, the Cowboys as a team finished 9th) a favorable environment then?
Also let's discuss how ridiculous this is besides Andy's ignoring of the common denominators across 2015-2016. Is the implication here that no NFL quarterback can be properly evaluated if their surrounding circumstances are favorable? Is it a non-negotiable qualifier that a quarterback has to be surrounded by ineptitude for a proper evaluation to be conducted?
I suppose we should all hope that someday Dak Prescott will be surrounded by the worst talent to ever suit up in the NFL so that we can FINALLY get a proper evaluation of who he is. Yea, that makes sense. This isn't dumb. Nope, not at all.
Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?
This will hardly be the last article written about the wide receivers of the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2018 season. However, we can only hope it's the last off-field incident that will factor into the difficult decisions the Cowboys will make on their final depth chart at WR. Yesterday, veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication after leaving the scene of a crash involving his Lamborghini.
Cowboys WR Terrance Williams released a statement on his recent arrest detailing several facets of the incident: "I have always been an upstanding citizen and handled the situation the best way I know how.
Details concerning the severity of the incidents that led to Williams arrest remain somewhat unclear. His on-field production certainly has not been though, putting himself in an expendable position by failing to catch a touchdown in 2017 and only going for over 100 yards once.
Handling this Terrance Williams situation in whatever the "right way" is will be yet another critical decision the Cowboys make under Head Coach Jason Garrett. A team that has clearly valued continuity under Garrett, there is precedent for the Cowboys keeping a now-troubled player like Williams if the void he'd leave behind is too large.
It is widely believed that this is a Cowboys coaching staff working to keep their jobs in 2018. Losing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams in one offseason may very well be too much.
Already dealing with a broken foot that expects to keep Terrance Williams out of football activities until training camp though, it is becoming increasingly easier for Williams to become forgotten about in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.
New additions to this unit include FA signings Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, along with rookies Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Joined by the likes of KD Cannon, Lance Lenoir, and Malik Earl, all of these receivers are going to stake their claims for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys before Williams even catches another pass from Dak Prescott.
Once perceived to be fighting for positions below Hurns, Williams, and Cole Beasley as locks on the final 53 man roster, Williams' arrest is the epitome of "next man up" in Dallas. Even if Williams remains with the team in 2018 - as cutting him would only make moral sense for the Cowboys, not financial - his days as a starting receiver may very well be numbered.
As mentioned, this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best.
Terrance Williams Arrest: Salary Cap Impact if Released
The news of Cowboys Wide Receiver Terrance Williams' arrest yesterday sent a shockwave through an otherwise quiet mid-May news cycle. Many fans are wondering what the team might do, and what effect decision could have on Dallas' salary cap.
Unfortunately, moving on from Terrance won't bring the team in cap relief. But given their current cap space and where we are in the offseason, the Cowboys should have the freedom to cut the receiver if they choose to.
Depending on who you ask (OverTheCap, Spotrac), the Cowboys have somewhere between $5-$9 million in current cap room. If they release Williams before June 1st, his cap hit accelerates from $4.75 million to $7.25 million in dead money. That means he counts $2.5 million more off the team than on it.
If Terrance is cut on June 1st on later, the 2018 dead money is $4.75 million for a net-zero wash. That extra $2.5 million counts against 2019.
While that may sound cost-prohibitive on the surface, you have to remember where we are in the offseason. May is very different from March when you're talking about cap space.
Free agency is essentially over. The Cowboys don't need to worry too much about their 2018 cap room at this point, so they can absorb Williams' dead money if they want to cut him loose.
Martin's 2018 cap hit is currently around $9 million. Once he signs his new long-term deal, which is almost sure to come before training camp, that number should go down significantly. Dallas can do an immediate Year One restructure and potentially create around $6 million in cap space.
That alone would facilitate cutting Terrance Williams, but then they also have the hopeful new deal for Lawrence. The $17 million that Lawrence currently counts as a franchised player will go way down with a long-term contract. If Dallas can get that done, they may not have to touch Martin's deal.
The point here is that while cutting Williams is not a financially beneficial move, the money shouldn't stop the Cowboys if they don't want him around anymore.
If Terrance has proven anything during his five years in Dallas, it's that he doesn't have the talent to step into a primary role. With new arrival Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley both showing they can produce at a high level at times, plus exciting rookie Michael Gallup now in the mix, the Cowboys' season hardly relies on Williams' presence.
Of course, the Cowboys have a history of sticking by their guys during times of personal problems. Josh Brent did way worse than Terrance and remained supported by the organization.
But each situation and player are different, and the coaches may have already soured on Williams after a lackluster 2017. They may have only kept him because of those cap numbers we discussed before.
Terrance's latest dropped ball may have been the final straw, though. If so, the salary cap shouldn't stop Dallas from cutting him.
BREAKING: Terrance Williams Arrested For Public Intoxication After Car Accident
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is in jail after crashing his car, a Lamborghini, into a light pole, per the Star Telegram. The incident occurred approximately at 3:00 AM, according to the reports and Williams, who fled the scene was arrested two hours later. He was arrested for public intoxication and was also charged for leaving the scene.
According to Clarence Hill, Williams was still in jail as of 11:30 AM.
Kate Hairopoulus, from SportsDay, reported that according to Frisco Police, the Lamborghini was found without a driver. After determining that the car belonged to the Cowboys' wide receiver, they proceded to arrest Williams near his residence, where he was riding an electric bicycle.
This certainly explains why T-Will wasn't arrested for DUI instead of public intoxication. Hairopoulus also reported that Williams has been released on a $369 bond.
Without much more details, Terrance Williams' future with the Cowboys doesn't look very promising as of right now. After hauling a lot of receivers during the offseason, the WR room in Dallas will feature a lot of competition.
Williams, who's recovering from a fractured foot and missing the offseason programs, has something to prove. Certainly, an accident like this doesn't help much his cause.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with more details about Terrance Williams' arrest.
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