It’s time to increase the snap count for Sam Williams

    With a team full of pass rushers, , the second-round pick for the Cowboys, has been making the most of his limited snaps this season.

    The rookie had his best game of the season against Detroit. He recorded two , two tackles for loss, two hits, and a forced fumble.

    Williams was inactive against the Bears in week eight due to a knee . In his return this week, he played 17 snaps against the Packers and again made an impact. We see him make a big play every week he plays.

    Williams sacked on a 3rd and five, bringing his season total to three.

    Williams continues to shine when he gets time on the field. I want to avoid seeing Dallas burn him out, but I want to see him play more than 17 snaps.

    They need help stopping the run. Williams has looked decent in the times he has had to defend it. A Rotation with would work, and I hate to say it, but even start cutting into the snaps of .

    Lawrence has been great this year, but you can't tell me that Williams can't set the any worse than Armstrong and Fowler.

    This team is getting beat up repeatedly on runs to the perimeter. So what is there to lose? Increase his snap count and split it between Fowler and Armstrong. It can't hurt to try.

    Numbers Don't Lie 

    Before kickoff against the Packers Sunday, Williams was PPF's highest-graded since week four (92.1). He's only played 85 snaps since Week 4, but he's been terrific!

    This number likely changed depending on how PPF graded his performance against Green Bay, but Williams is no stranger to having a productive pass-rush grade. His 90.2 was second among SEC edge rushers last season at .

    Williams has played eight games this season. He has one pass defended, two fumble recovers, 11 tackles (10 solo), three sacks, and five quarterback hits.

    His highest amount of snaps played came in week five against the Rams. He played 38% of snaps, logging 25.

    I see the pushback some could have if the team forced him into 25-30 snaps week in and week out. He might get worn out quicker, but his explosiveness and motor are too good right now to sit on the sideline.

    The upside of Williams is worth trying to slide him in a rotation or in place of someone who isn't producing enough to stop the run.

    The next stretch of games would be a good time to unleash him. , , , and Dameon Pierce are on the way. You already know the offensive for these teams will run, run and run some more.

    I am not a coach, and maybe what I am saying doesn't even make sense, but Williams is making a big impact every time he steps on the field, and the numbers don't lie.

    If the Cowboys want to win multiple games come January, they will have to stop the run.

    Shane Taylor
    Shane Taylor
    Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside the Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43


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    Cowboy Fan Ed

    I agree! I believe that if you have a horse you need to ride him!!


    Agree Shane, I like what I see so far with Sam.



    Sam Williams seems to be a young man that genuinely likes football. Can’t say that about all of the Cowboys players this year. Kelvin Joseph is NEVER GOING TO IMPROVE because football isn’t important to him. Hoping to become a successful rapper is! Just another reason he should NEVER HAVE BEEN drafted. He’s not interested in football (And It Sows) in his attitude and how he plays the game. Another player that’s outlived his usefulness is Leighton Vander Esch. Just out there in the way! A liability against the run and the pass! Why us he still getting on the field? Why is he a starter? Hopefully Dalton Schultz time in Dallas is nearing an end. He makes way to many mental mistakes for a guy with his experience. Donte Fowler may be better suited to play the Linebacker along side Parsons than Vander Esch. As stated earlier, Sam Williams can get those snaps at Defensive End in Armstrong’s and Fowler’s place. It’s time to get THE BEST 11 GUYS on the field on both sides of the ball. NEXT, GET RID OF MCCARTHY AND MOORE TODAY!!! Moving those two DUMBBELLS improves the team instantly.