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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
  • Jacob S Ladder

    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.

  • Phil A Sheo

    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?

  • Joseph Gladstone

    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.

  • Tony Richards

    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?

  • Thelma Hopkins

    @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.

  • Thelma Hopkins

    @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.

  • Tom Skillings

    @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.

  • Kavika Sucks

    @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?

  • Jacob S Ladder

    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

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      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!

  • Robert Smith

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

  • Ted Darvey

    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

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      WTF??? lmao

  • Danny Katsapolis

    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!

  • Roger Danson

    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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Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?

Sean Martin

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Despite Late Push in Year One, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See the Field in 2018? 1
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It feels like ages ago that the Dallas Cowboys spent the 28th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Michigan Defensive End Taco Charlton. Perhaps this is a result of the constant distancing fans have made from this unpopular pick, or the corresponding moves the Cowboys have made at DE since drafting Charlton.

These moves include using the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence after seeing him explode for 14.5 sacks, spending a fourth round pick this year on Kansas' Dorance Armstrong, and seeing Randy Gregory reinstated in time for training camp.

Across the entirety of the Cowboys roster, there will be plenty of "odd men out" that miss the cut down to 53 players. Defensive end remains one of the most cluttered spots on the current 90 man roster however.

Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton, DT Maliek Collins (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Prior to establishing the depth the Cowboys now have up front on defense, they did Taco no favors by starting his career at right defensive end. While Gregory may still be a long way from earning the starting role here, similarly styled players like Armstrong have the edge here over Charlton.

This relegates Charlton to the strong side, where he always projected best out of college. By the time the Cowboys realized this a season ago, they also knew a franchise pass rusher was playing his way into the team's long-term plans.

Lawrence's stellar consistency off the edge reduced Charlton's role in the Cowboys rotation of pass rushers. An ideal spot for the rookie to develop with less pressure on him, Charlton's opportunities to continue playing left end may only be reduced this season.

The first-round pick is capable of kicking inside at defensive tackle, a position the Cowboys could certainly use help at. However, asking Charlton to go through another position shift would only halt the progress that took quite a bit of patience from Dallas to see.

It's far from unheard of for the Cowboys to do this with their young players, but for now Charlton remains a defensive end looking to make his impact. The Cowboys are in much better position now than they were at this time a year ago when it comes to setting expectations for him to do so.

Given everything he showed on tape at Michigan as well as in his pre-draft interviews, Charlton is a player that needs to succeed at the task at hand. When this plan is altered, the 6'6" pass rusher is much less effective -- without even considering any athletic struggles that Charlton has compared to other prototypes at defensive end.

As a unit, the Cowboys defensive line has all the pieces to be very effective this season. Taco Charlton is a piece to this puzzle, a backup left end that must find a way to flourish in this role.

For most former 28th overall picks, doing so would be considered a fall from grace. For the Cowboys, it's simply an example of strong roster building that's forced life to come at Charlton quickly. How he responds with a full season under his belt will make or break the hype this deep Cowboys defensive line has garnered, lead of course by the starter at Charlton's position in DeMarcus Lawrence.

Tell us what you think about "Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin

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Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

Jess Haynie

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Which 2018 Free Agents Will The Cowboys Retain? 1
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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

Jon Machota on Twitter

DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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