Plain and simple, Dez Bryant cannot be replaced. Unfortunately, replacing him is going to be a challenge for Jason Garrett and his coaching staff as the Cowboys prepare for their week two matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Using Jason Garrett’s next-man-up approach, it’s time for Terrance Williams.
The third-year, wide receiver might have, at one time, imagined the thought of being the Cowboys main man on the outside. And now, with an injury sidelining Dez Bryant, for at least a month, it’s Williams’ time to shine.
Entering his second season in 2014, Williams, at times, showed that he has the ability of being a receiving threat in the Dallas offense. After recording five touchdowns in 2013--his rookie season, Williams backed it up with eight touchdowns last year.
His thirteen touchdowns are third-most by a Cowboys receiver during his first two seasons, trailing only Bob Hayes (25) and Dez Bryant (15).
Williams was also a valuable part of the Cowboys offense in the playoffs. In two games, he scored three of Dallas’s four receiving touchdowns and finished second on the team with 130 receiving yards.
Herein lies the question: In 2014, in a span of seven games, beginning with Washington on October 27th, and continuing through the Philadelphia game on December 14th, Williams all but disappeared--recording a jaw-dropping 13 receptions and zero touchdowns.
As I mentioned above, with Bryant’s time frame to return essentially unknown, the man who most predict will become the Cowboys number one receiver, cannot disappear for a long stretch of the season.
When asked about the loss of Bryant, Williams responded by saying, “These are the moments you train for, I don’t have any pressure. I’ve just got to go out there and run the plays that Coach calls and Tony (Romo) gives me. Stick to my fundamentals and play fast, that’s what got me here.”
Williams has shown the ability to make explosive plays. He won’t scare opposing defenses and draw constant double teams the way that Bryant does. I fully expect Williams to continue to see one on one coverage, and it’s now his time to show that he can consistently win on the outside and catch the ball.
Williams is a perfect number two wide receiver and will more than likely never be considered top-tier. But, in order for Dallas to be successful until Bryant returns, Williams has to step up and be the dangerous threat on the outside. And again, he has to catch the ball.
You tell me. Is William's capable of holding down the fort until Dez returns?
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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