#83 Terrance Williams
Terrance Williams was born in Dallas, Texas on September 8, 1989. He earned All-American recognition while playing collegiately at Baylor University. He is a wide receiver in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Terrance Williams attended W. T. White High School in Dallas, Texas. He played both football and basketball as a member of the White Longhorns, but it was on the football field where he gained re-connection.
Williams started his breakout campaign his junior season in 2006 when he recorded 30 receptions for 615 yards and five touchdowns. His junior campaign earned him first-team All-District 11-5A honors.
Williams’ senior season far surpassed what he was able to accomplish the year before. He caught 59 passes for 972 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He once again garnered All-District honors, but also was named to the Class 5A All-State honorable mention by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2007. Williams was rated as the 78th best prospect on the Dallas Morning News’ Top Area 100 that year.
Terrance Williams was considered a two star recruit by Rivals.com after his high school career was completed. He had offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Colorado State, Kansas, and Kansas State, before deciding to enroll at Baylor University in 2008.
Terrance Williams was a member of the Baylor Bears from 2008 to 2012. During his career at Baylor he accumulated a total of 202 receptions for 3,334 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns.
Williams red-shirted his freshman year in 2008, but earned the Bears’ Offensive Squad Award as a member of the scout team. In 2009, he was mostly used on special teams. He averaged 24.06 yards on 31 kick returns and 14.4 yards as a punt returner. He only managed 61 receiving yards and caught only three passes on offense in 2009.
As a sophomore in 2010, Terrance Williams remained a key part of the return game and returned 20 kickoffs for an average of 21.35 yards. He also averaged 11.25 yards on eight punt returns en route to compiling 1,004 all-purpose yards. Williams started 10 games at flanker as a sophomore and finished third on the team with 43 receptions for 484 receiving yards (11.26 YPC) and scored four touchdowns.
In 2011 as a junior, Terrance Williams started 11 games and caught 59 passes, which placed him ninth on the school record chart. He also had 957 receiving yards, which was good for fifth on the annual list. Williams also tied third in the record books after scoring 11 touchdowns.
In his senior season, Terrance Williams led the nation with 1,832 receiving yards and averaged 140.92 receiving yards per game after starting all 13 games. Along with his 1,832 receiving yards, Williams had 97 receptions and scored 12 touchdowns. Terrance also set the single-season record for all-purpose yards in school history with 1,846.
Terrance Williams was a unanimous first-team All-American, as well as a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honoree. He was also a Biletnikoff Award finalist as a senior in 2012.
2013 NFL Draft
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Terrance Williams in the third round (74th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys were initially slated to draft 18th overall the first round, but they decided to trade down with the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys received the 49ers first-round draft pick (31stoverall) and a third round draft pick (74th overall) in exchange for their 18th overall draft pick.
The Cowboys used the 31st selection in the first round to draft center Travis Frederick out of Wisconsin. With the 74th pick in the third round, Dallas decided to draft a wide receiver out of Baylor University, Terrance Williams.
Like many rookie wide receivers entering the NFL, Terrance Williams took a little while to get up to speed and learn the Dallas Cowboys’ playbook. He struggled early in his rookie season with his route running and dropped passes, but got the chance to prove the type of receiver he could be against the San Diego Chargers in Week 4 when he replaced an injured Miles Austin. He had seven receptions for 71 yards, but also had a costly fumble late in the game when he tried to extend the ball for a touchdown.
He received the start the following week against the Denver Broncos and had four receptions for 151 receiving yards and one touchdown. Williams set a Cowboys’ franchise record for a rookie by scoring a touchdown in four consecutive games by Week 8 against the Detroit Lions. He finished his rookie season with 44 receptions for 736 receiving yards (16.7 average) and five touchdowns.
In 2014, Williams established himself as the legitimate #2 wide receiver and deep threat playing opposite Dez Bryant. He started off his 2014 campaign hot and scored six touchdowns in the first seven weeks of the season. Unfortunately, he seemed to hit a wall and only scored two more touchdowns the remaining 10 weeks of the season, finishing the regular season with 37 receptions for 621 yards and eight touchdowns.
During the playoffs, Terrance Williams proved his playmaker status and caught three passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions’ #2 ranked defense. The highlight of that game was when Williams caught a 14-yard slant pass and ran through four Detroit defenders for a 76 yard touchdown. The next playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, Williams drew a first quarter pass interference call that led to a touchdown and he also scored a 38-yard touchdown reception.
In 2015, Terrance Williams was asked to be more of a threat in the receiving game with Dez Bryant out or injured the majority of the season. He failed to show that he could be a legitimate #1 wide receiver, but the fact that he had to play with four different quarterbacks with varying degrees of knowledge of the offensive system didn’t do him any favors.
His best game came against the Washington Redskins when he had eight receptions for 173 yards with Kellen Moore as his quarterback. He finished the 2015 season with a total of 52 receptions for 840 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
The 2016 season will be a big year for Terrance Williams because he will be entering the last year of his rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Terrance Williams is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The total value of Williams’ contract is $2,896,972 and $619,472 of that is fully guaranteed. Williams will make an average of $724,243 per year.
In 2016, Williams has a base salary of $1,661,000 and his cap hit will be $1,825,868. He also earned a $10,000 workout bonus.
It is unlikely that the Dallas Cowboys will be able to keep Terrance Williams. His asking price will likely be out of the range that the Cowboys would be willing to match.
Sean’s Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Cowboys D
It took some time, but the Dallas Cowboys have their first outside free agent of the offseason, signing Linebacker Joe Thomas to provide depth at a position where Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber have already signed elsewhere.
The fifth-year pro has played exclusively with the Green Bay Packers, but the Cowboys do have some familiarity with Thomas as he spent part of 2015 on their practice squad.
Joe Thomas has served as a core special teams contributor and sub-package LB for the Packers out of South Carolina State, and will now look to bring these services to a Cowboys team in need of play making ability on both defense and special teams.
Using film from this past season, here is Joe Thomas' full scouting report.
LB Joe Thomas: Strengths
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Joe Thomas lined up at all three LB positions for the Packers, taking the majority of his snaps on defense at MIKE or WILL. The WILL position is where Thomas should fit best in Dallas.
Not overly physical with a shorter but square frame, Thomas is a rangy player with light feet and fluid movement ability. Shifting laterally along the line of scrimmage to "pick through trash" is not a problem for Thomas, nor is flipping his hips and running to the football.
It may take Thomas more effort than it should to get in position on most plays, with false steps and late reads being an issue, but once he establishes his sight on the point of attack this is a downhill missile of a player.
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Joe Thomas uses his length well to disengage from blocks and finish off plays, doing a nice job of not allowing blockers into his chest consistently.
With Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith expected to be the Cowboys' primary starters at WILL and MIKE respectively, Thomas could supplement these two physical, well-rounded players extremely well given his athleticism.
LB Joe Thomas: Weaknesses
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There is a reason a player with the raw traits of Joe Thomas goes un-drafted, and in this case it is because of awareness and anticipation issues in Thomas' game.
Far too often on tape, Thomas is forcing himself to recover from false steps against the blockers in front of him. I would have loved to see a player with this movement ability get more clean opportunities to finish at the football, but it was simply not there for Thomas.
When Thomas wasn't late to the ball against the run, he was getting caught flat-footed in space trying to compensate for this reactionary ability. This led to Thomas' fair share of missed tackles, where the LB failed to break down correctly.
Overall, Thomas did a decent job of avoiding blocks and disengaging, and does play with better-than-expected stopping power. The strength and technique to shed blocks was rarely seen though, relying on his quickness to outrun opponents to the spot.
LB Joe Thomas: Summary
This is a player that should help the Dallas Cowboys in two phases of their game this season.
Signed for both 2018 and 2019, the Cowboys have clearly seen enough from their former practice squad linebacker in Green Bay to bring back an athletic ST ace with upside on defense.
Joe Thomas shouldn't be taking Lee or Smith off the field regularly this season, but at his best he will factor into Rod Marinelli's defense on passing downs.
Thomas gives a unit predicated on flowing to the ball even more speed on the field, and is an ideal depth signing with the versatility to cover punts and kickoffs.
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
Could a Special Coach Help Dez Bryant’s Route-Running?
Dez Bryant's career with the Dallas Cowboys may be in limbo, but that's not stopping him from trying to improve his game and on-field performance.
Bryant will reportedly train with personal wide receivers coach David Robinson, who specializes in route-running, according to reporter Jane Slater of NFL Network. This should come as good news to a lot of Cowboys fans, because Dez Bryant has often been criticized throughout his professional career for his route-running.
If anything, this news should indicate that Dez Bryant is more determined than ever to rebound from his disappointing 2017 season and prove his critics wrong that he is no longer one of the top receivers in the league. I for one am not going to bet against him.
Bryant's work ethic and passion for the game have never been questioned. His desire to be the best is evident anytime you turn on his film, whether it is in a game situation or on the practice field. He takes the "practice like you play" mantra to heart.
Everybody should be encouraged that at this point in his career, Dez Bryant is still looking at ways to improve his game and seek help. Hopefully, working with a well-known receivers coach like David Robinson can take Bryant's game to the next level.
You may not know who David Robinson is (I certainly didn't), but he is well respected around the league and has helped other receivers under his tutelage. Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Reed, and even Cowboys former WR Brice Butler have all benefited from Robinson's coaching.
Dez Bryant has always been regarded as one of those types of receivers who is always open regardless how tight the coverage is around him. His ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air is arguably his best trait, but he could become more dangerous if he can create separation on his own with better route-running.
Unfortunately, Bryant is entering the stage in his career where age becomes a factor and some regression is to be expected. This is why improved route-running could improve any deficiencies Bryant maybe dealing with.
But, what exactly will David Robinson be working on with Dez Bryant?
Robinson told Jane Slater that in his workouts with Dez Bryant, he will concentrate on the expansion of Bryant's route tree, shaking defenders at the line of scrimmage, and improving footwork technique to compensate for any natural loss of speed due to age.
I don't know about you, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing how Bryant responds to Robinson's coaching, hopefully still as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
We all know that Bryant's status with the Cowboys is unknown, at least to those of us on the outside looking in, but I don't see him going anywhere in 2018. There just aren't any vet WRs or rookies who I can see replacing his production. Of course, I could be wrong.
One thing is for sure though, Dez Bryant isn't going to sit on his hands while he waits to find out what his future holds.
Do you think improved route-running will help Dez Bryant's game?
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