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.
Tyron Smith Likely to Return Against Jets, La’el Collins Also Possible
Missing Tyron Smith last week as a significant factor in the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the Green Bay Packers. Losing La'el Collins midway through the game certainly didn't help, either. Thankfully, the Cowboys may be getting both starting offensive tackles back this week when they face the New York Jets.
In a radio show appearance earlier today, Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones stated that Smith was on pace to get back on the field this Sunday in New York. There is not the same certainty around Collins, but a recent knee MRI was negative for any major injury.
Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones tells @1053thefan that Tyron Smith's progress from a sprained ankle looks "promising" with the Jets up next, but they'll see how the week goes. Jones not ruling out La'el Collins (sprained knee) either. #cowboyswire
Assuming Tyron is able to play but La'el is not, we will likely see Cameron Fleming starting at right tackle against the Jets.
Fleming played on the left side last week with Smith out, and backup Brandon Knight came in the game once Collins was injured. Knight had a solid game in his first regular season action, so perhaps Dallas would consider giving him the opportunity to play again this week.
The Jets only have six sacks on the year, which is near the bottom of the league, so Dallas may also be tempted to give Collins an extra week off. Week 7's critical matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles has to already be weighing on their minds.
Even if we only get Tyron Smith back this week, that will go a long way to helping stabilize the offense and giving Dallas a better opportunity to win.
Report: Cowboys RT La’el Collins Expected to Play Sunday
The Dallas Cowboys just got a bit of good news today in the midst of a number of injuries mounting on the roster. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Right Tackle La'el Collins is expected to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
While left tackle Tyron Smith is not expected to play Sunday, the Cowboys will have right tackle La'el Collins in the lineup, according to a source. Collins didn't practice Thursday but is expected to get in some work Friday. The Cowboys will also... https://t.co/G2SN9flikD
He's been dealing with a back issue that has kept him out of practice the last two days. Collins has been one of the best right tackles in the NFL so far in 2019 after signing a five-year 50 million dollar extension with 35 million in guarantees last month. If Collins couldn't go the Cowboys were looking to slide Left Guard Connor Williams to right tackle considering he played left tackle in college at Texas for three years.
This news couldn't have come at a better time considering the Cowboys will be without All-Pro Left Tackle Tyron Smith who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. The Packers run defense has been one of the worst in football in the first month of the season. With Collins now back in the lineup, the Cowboys can establish the run game a lot easier with All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott.
Michael Gallup Practices, May Play Sunday vs Packers
In their week four 12-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas Cowboys struggled to move the ball through the air consistently against a better than advertised Saints pass rush and pass defense. The Saints were part of the reason for the Cowboys' struggle as they did a really nice job covering Amari Cooper with Marshon Lattimore and the Cowboys secondary receivers struggled to create separation or make plays when opportunities came their way.
With a huge week five game against a highly ranked pass defense in the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys need to have better games from their receiving corp if they want to get back in the win column. The receiving group got a boost on Wednesday with the surprise return to practice of second-year standout Michael Gallup.
Michael Gallup did individual work and some team reps during today's practice: "I'm good to go." Said he's running and cutting. "As long as I can cut, I think I should be good." Amari Cooper: "We need him out there. He actually looked good. He looks like before he got injured.
After having surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee it was thought that Gallup could be out anywhere from two to four weeks as he recovered from the procedure. So, it came as a surprise when Jerry Jones mentioned to Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas-Fort Worth that he wouldn't rule Gallup out for week five. It's been a little more than two weeks since Gallup had the surgery on his knee, so he's getting back into the swing of things on the early side of that two to four week estimate.
Gallup has been a revelation this season opposite Amari Cooper. He's become a reliable target for Quarterback Dak Prescott, getting open often in huge moments of the game when the Dallas Cowboys need a play. After a very inefficient rookie season where he caught less than 50% of his targets, Michael Gallup's caught 13 of 15 targets this season for 226 yards, which is good for 17.4 yards per reception.
Though Amari Cooper is without a doubt the Dallas Cowboys' number one wide receiver, Michael Gallup has been just as important. Dak Prescott thrives when he has several options that he can turn to within a game so he's not having to force throws in just one direction. As we saw the first two weeks of the season, Prescott was more than willing to spread the ball around and take advantage of passing game mismatches.
As the Dallas Cowboys get ready to face a Green Bay Packers defense that is allowing the fifth-lowest net yards per attempt and the fourth-fewest passing yards through the first four weeks of the season. Against the Saints, the Cowboys were only able to hit two passes greater than 20 yards down the field and only five passes beyond ten yards. Each of the first two weeks of the season, the passing game was able to complete eight passes beyond ten yards.
In the last two weeks Dak Prescott's completion percentage, yards per attempt, passing yards, and quarterback rating has been lower than what it was the first two weeks of the season with Gallup.
Michael Gallup provides an important balance in the passing game. His presence helps take some of the pressure off of Amari Cooper and even the running game. Getting Gallup back will only enhance the Cowboys' ability to be effective and efficient on offense this week. For the Cowboys to get the win, they'll need to get back to the team they were the first three weeks of the season.
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