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We all know the story, the Cowboys trade the 18th pick of the 2013 draft to the 49ers for the 31st pick in the first round and the 74th overall pick, in the third round. Fans react with the typical vitriol that comes with failed Cowboys drafts of the past. The Cowboys draft Travis Frederick with the 31st pick, and Cowboys fans react with the above mentioned vitriol. With the 74th pick, the Cowboys select Terrance Williams, the wide receiver from Baylor. Fans yet again rage over the fact the Cowboys didn't address the defense, reach of a pick, Jerry Jones should fire the GM, etc.

Fast forward to now - Travis Frederick makes the All-Rookie Team (the Niners pick in that trade, Eric Reid, makes the All-Rookie Team as well), and Terrance Williams ends up with 44 receptions for 736 yards and 5 touchdowns. While Eric Reid is a helluva player (at what was and still is a position of need for the Cowboys), it seems that those two picks were knocked out of the park.  The offense should be a monster in 2014 with the help of those two.

Now it's time for me to focus on Williams.

Most rookie wide-outs struggle in their first year. There are obvious exceptions in recent times, Julio Jones' rookie year and most definitely Randy Moss' rookie year stand out to me. Comparative to other elite receivers wing-men, Williams' rookie year stacks up very favorably.

Just to name a few from the past few years:

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And just for fun, I looked up a great Cowboys wing-man from my youth.

Granted, I only provided a very small sample size of second wide-outs, but Williams had a pretty standout year. It can only be assumed he will improve upon last year. From all of the reports I've read he's gone from being a shy rookie to a vocal leader. He has also worked hard on his tendency to catch  the ball with his body.

With Dez Bryant having another Dez-like year (in a contract year no less), Jason Witten being Jason Witten, also coupled with the emergence of a bulkier and more involved-in-the-game-plan Gavin Escobar, and perhaps Devin Street emerging as some sort of threat, this could be the year Williams and Dez take the next step into elite receiving tandem status.

This will be a very explosive offense this year that will hopefully take pressure off of a very inexperienced defense.

Can't wait for training camp.



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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Jacob S Ladder

    June 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I have been a cowboys fan my entire life and really appreciate your opinion Blaine. Terrance is a tall vertical red zone target who can go up and get the ball. Eats up space quickly against soft coverage. Shakes his man off the line and has enough speed to get a step down the sideline. Is a sideline threat with quick feet for his size and body control in the air, making his stop, fade, and comeback routes more effective. Tracks the ball and adjusts to it in the air, and shows the ability to stop and turn for the back-shoulder fade. Adjusts his route to make himself available to his scrambling quarterback, going deep or crossing into an opening. Willing, strong, and physical blocker on bubble screens and in the run game, throwing his body into defenders and sticking with blocks. His blocking is excellent also. I wouldn’t trust him anywhere near my wallet for obvious reasons, but as long as he catches the ball, keeps his mouth shut,  and produces he is going to be a special player.

  2. Phil A Sheo

    June 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Blaine – I really appreciate your opinion.  It is good to hear from a regular old Cowboy fan from Ft. Worth.  I think you’ve put a lot of pressure on a guy to try to be the next Alvin Harper.  Yet he seems to have the tools to do this.  I am going to keep your ever optimistic view on him.   What kind of dog do you have?

  3. Joseph Gladstone

    June 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Blake, you think the loss of Miles Austin will hurt the boys? love your writings, big alvin harper fan, I remember watching the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers: with Troy Aikman knocked out of the game with a concussion, Dallas backup quarterback Bernie Kosar connected with Harper for a 42 yard touchdown. My dad was watching the game with the entire neighborhood a lot of high fiving, chest bumping, hugging, celebrating, and he even gave me a spit handie. You think the cowboys will ever bring back the glory days of the 90s? We were the last real dynasty and I’d love to go through those good times again. This is a great site with a lot of writers that bleed blue.

  4. Tony Richards

    June 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Speaking of draft day trades, The Dallas Cowboys traded down their first round draft choice in the 1996 NFL Draft, sending  the Washington Redskins the 30th and 250th picks, in exchange for their 37th and 67th draft choices. The team gambled that they could move down into the second round and still select Tony Brackens, while changing a seventh round selection into a third. The Jacksonville Jaguars ended up selecting Brackens and the Cowboys still needing a defensive end, drafted Kavika Pittman in the second round. He was originally seen as a project, with the plan of eventually replacing Shante Carver.
    As a rookie he contributed in special teams recording 17 tackles (third on the team). He was a backup defensive end until earning a starter position in 1998, playing opposite to Greg Ellis and finishing with 6 sacks (led the team), 16 quarterback pressures (third on the team), 59 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
    The next year he started all 16 games and registered a career-high 74 tackles, 3 sacks, 21 quarterback pressures (second on the team) and 10 pass defensed (led the team). After his rookie contract ended, the team didn’t resign him because of salary cap constraints. Will not resigning Pitman be looked at as one of the biggest blunders in Cowboy history?

  5. Thelma Hopkins

    June 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

    @Tony Richards  The fans and media in Dallas never gave Pittman a fair shake. In fact, Pittman said he thinks media criticism, not his poor play is what swayed Jones in the end.

  6. Thelma Hopkins

    June 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

    @Tony Richards Great point, I think top four defensive ends in dc history will be haley, white, pittman, and ware. I heard Jerry was considering KP for the ring of honor this year.

  7. Tom Skillings

    June 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

    @Tony Richards- Great point, Blair, you should write a piece on how the cowboys prematurely wrote off pittman. I think the top four defensive ends in dc history will be haley, white, pittman, and ware. I heard Jerry was considering KP for the ring of honor this year.

  8. Kavika Sucks

    June 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    @Tony Richards  Blade, Is this a serious thread, kavika pittman in the roh? the guy was average at best as a cowboy. he showed a little promise in his last year but then asked for an absurd amount of money to remain with the boys.  He had great size( but never lived up to the potential. Thelma I would slap (possibly rape) you for using Pitman in the same sentence with cowboys legends Haley, White, and Ware. Are you getting Pittman confused with someone?

  9. Jacob S Ladder

    July 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

    blair you have written two of the best posts on this website by far. I nearly vomited when reading the article someone wrote on josh Brent. You should give a quick clinic to the other pieces of shit on this site on how to do the things that all us cowboy fans are good at and proud of- watching football, evaluating football, writing about football, and picking up men.
    Jacob S. Ladder

    • Bryson Treece

      July 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Jacob, I honestly can’t tell if you’re a Cowboys fan or just trolling your buddy Blair. But either way, knock off the personal attacks (2 “piece of shit” remarks so far). It’s called a difference of opinion and if you can’t handle yours like an adult, then thanks for visiting and don’t come back. The next such remarks from you will be the last.

      Here’s a thought, instead of acting like a douche, go comment to Brian on the Josh Brent article with thoughtful and logical opposition to his point. Beats the hell out of stinking up Blair’s post with your big tough “I’m on the internet” insults, which aren’t nearly as anonymous as you might think, by the way.

      If you have a problem this, go to the contact page and send me an email. Happy to oblige!

  10. Robert Smith

    July 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Let’s write another article you fucking piece of shit!!!

  11. Ted Darvey

    July 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Blade, I can tell you are a huge cowboys fan so I will share some pretty fascinating inside info with you. i was in the bathroom next to Terrance William’s and glanced over the stall- the guy is hung like a horse.

    Ted Darvey

  12. Danny Katsapolis

    July 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Glad to hear some chatter about Pitman. Underrated in my book as well. Productive, and not a big price tag. Plus he reminds me of a young Tyrese Gibson facially. Not a bad thing!

  13. Roger Danson

    August 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t believe there are dumb – dumbs like Danny out there talking about Pitman still. Worry about something important.

    Blantche – you do bring up some good points on Williams. I’d probably
    agree with you on all all points and disagree on some others, but good
    read. Physically, I do liken him to a young Eric Davis formerly of the
    Cincinnati Reds. I used to have a bunch of posters of that guy. Great.
    player!

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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

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Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

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The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

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Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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