Over the last 15-20 years the Dallas Cowboys haven't exactly been stable. Although the Jason Garrett regime continues to reign, the roster itself has went through the typical turnover which occurs in today's NFL.
This is true everywhere except one position: starting tight end. Veteran Jason Witten has been the TE1 for about 15 years, and enters the 2018 offseason expecting to start at tight end for the Cowboys once again.
Jason Witten has been a pillar of professionalism in Dallas, and is clearly a leader and role model in the locker room. But let's not be dishonest, the quality of Witten's play has dropped in recent years. This is especially true in his run blocking, an area in which he used to excel.
During Witten's reign the Cowboys have been unable to find a legitimate heir to his throne. Though fans have hope that Rico Gathers could take over the tight end role and become the seam-buster this offense clearly needs, Gathers is yet to take the next step during his young career.
It can be argued that it's time for the Cowboys to draft Witten's replacement, and begin to groom that player to be the starting tight end in 2019. Would such a move insult the Cowboys' legend? According to Witten, it wouldn't.
Witten told ESPN's Todd Archer that it would be "foolish to get sensitive" if the Cowboys were to draft a tight end early. Of course, Witten still believes he can play at a high level, and he wouldn't be returning if he didn't believe he could, but the Cowboys do have to consider moving on from the aging tight end sooner or later.
Plus, there are certainly some good tight ends to choose from in the 2018 NFL Draft. South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert might be the best tight end in the whole class, but would need to be taken at 19th overall. Notre Dame's Durham Smythe and Central Michigan's Tyler Conklin provide some solid mid-to-late round options, and Miami's Chris Herndon is a bit of a wild card. I'm also a big fan of Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, but I am not ready to take a tight end within the first two rounds, which is exactly where I think Andrews will land.
All things considered, Jason Witten probably won't have to worry about the Cowboys taking a tight end early on in the NFL Draft. Not this year, at least.
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.
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.
Last updated at 2:20 PM CDT.
WATCH: LB Jaylon Smith Moving Without Brace
When the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world and selected linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, most could not picture a day where he would be going through drills without a brace on his injured knee.
Well, as has been previously reported, that day is now.
New footage has emerged of Jaylon Smith moving laterally without the brace, posted to Youtube by "Cowboys Fan Club." And to say he looks smooth doing so would be an understatement.
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The 50 second video clip above shows Jaylon Smith looking rather explosive laterally, something we feared he may never be able to do again. When at his best Smith was able to utilize his athleticism and range, and if he can get those attributes all the way back the Cowboys linebacker group will be in very good shape.
Combining him with the athletic Leighton Vander Esch and consistent Sean Lee would be a solid trio of linebackers in 2018. Of course, there is a lot of time between now and the opening game against the Carolina Panthers, however, but it's okay to be excited about his progress.
Let's hope Jaylon Smith continues to progress as the offseason moves along and we inch closer to the 2018 season.
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