#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.
Terrance Williams Was OK, But Cowboys Need More From Michael Gallup
Just yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys declined an option on Wide Receiver Terrance Williams' contract and ended his six-year tenure with the team. One reason the veteran was no longer in their plans was the presence of Michael Gallup, who the team has high hopes for entering just his second NFL season.
It's interesting to compare Gallup and Williams on several levels. Just as Terrance's time ends, having only made a few appearance last year in just three games, Michael was a fast learner as a rookie and emerged as the team's number-two receiver by the playoffs.
Both were third-round picks, with Williams (74th) being selected just seven spots higher overall in 2013 than Gallup (81st) was in 2018.
Terrance came to Dallas when Dez Bryant was firmly entrenched as the team's primary receiver. Michael was drafted less than a month after Dez was released, but Amari Cooper soon established himself as the number-one WR midway through the year.
In both cases, the Cowboys hoped that their third-round selection would yield a player who could at least play a complimentary role as a solid roleplayer, if not regular starter.
For all his warts Terrance Williams was ultimately a solid draft pick. He started in about 75% of the games he played in and was a proficient run blocker, helping both DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott have big years. He also made some highlight reel catches in his time.
But with those big plays came some big blunders. Terrance often had a bad drop for every good catch he made. A huge mental error may have cost Dallas the 2016 season opener against the Giants. And if the team wasn't already starting to turn on him, his 2018 arrest for public intoxication seemed to push them over the edge.
That said, the biggest issue with Williams was his inability to produce without other plays drawing attention. He didn't rise to the occasion when Dez Bryant was injured. He rarely even made defenses pay for giving Dez too much attention.
At his best, Terrance was a solid number-two receiver. Plenty of teams who've spent first-round picks on receivers wish they could they'd gotten as much in return. Nobody should be disappointed with how that 2013 third-round pick turned out.
But when it comes to Michael Gallup, Dallas should hope that Williams' career is the floor for Gallup's potential. As teams key on Amari Cooper going forward, can Gallup do damage in ways that Terrance rarely could?
Even more importantly, if Cooper were to ever get injured, could Michael step up and take on a larger role? Can Dallas finally have a number-two receiver with the capacity for occasionally taking the lead?
That may be putting too much pressure on young Mr. Gallup but it's really not an unfair expectation. Recent drafts have produced highly productive third-round receivers such as Keenan Allen, Cooper Kupp, Kenny Golladay, and Tyler Lockett.
Even more pressure comes if Cole Beasley leaves the team in free agency. While his role lessened toward the end of 2018, Cole remained one of Dak Prescott's favorite options in clutch situations. He was almost impossible to stop with just one man covering him, and that gave defenses a real dilemma once Amari Cooper arrived.
Can Gallup fill those shoes? Can he become a reliable target when the game is on the line?
In the end, all Michael has to do is be a solid starter to provide a great value for his draft selection. The Williams standard isn't a bad measure.
But if the Cowboys ever want to win more than just the occasional playoff game then they need another receiving threat who truly punishes opposing defenses. They need the next Alvin Harper, not the next Terrance Williams.
We can only hope, as the team does, that Michael Gallup is up to the task.
Cowboys Draft Target: Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.
Since Kris Richard has taken over the back-end of the Dallas Cowboys defense, they have clearly shown a bias towards a "type" of cornerback. Richard, looking to build this Dallas unit in a similar form to his Seattle teams, has prioritized long corners both in height and arm length.
As his responsibilities within the organization increase, it's only fair to expect Kris Richard to have more say in who the Cowboys' defense acquires in terms of talent. This means we should anticipate more defensive backs who fit his type, such as Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr.
So why does Lonnie Johnson fit the mold of what Kris Richard tends to look for? Well, for starters, he is 6'3" and 206 lbs with 32 1/4" arms. He's a long corner with excellent size and the trait profile which indicates he could be the perfect candidate to play cornerback in Dallas.
But while he might look great on paper, the tape is always the most important factor for evaluating and projecting talent. And, for Johnson, the tape isn't all-that great. Despite his length, Johnson struggled mightily in press-man coverage at Kentucky. Too often he is late or ineffective with his hands, leaving him susceptible to being blown by by the opposing receiver. He often loses balance due to poor footwork, and is rather average with his hips and quick change of direction.
Where Johnson was his best in college was in zone coverage, playing his deep third of Kentucky's cover-three look. Rarely did he allow receivers behind him in zone coverage, and displayed good instincts when deciding whether to jump routes or play more conservatively when playing in that deep third. He was not nearly as comfortable underneath, and Kentucky didn't ask him to play in that role too often. Because of how big he is, Johnson is able to contest at the catch point regularly, yet he only deflected 9 passes in 2 years.
What gives me the most hope for Lonnie Johnson as a prospect (besides his length) is his Senior Bowl performance. Johnson impressed daily at the Senior Bowl, looking more comfortable in man coverage and playing much better in his press technique.
Was this Johnson becoming more comfortable over time and a sign of things to come at the next level, or was it an anomaly that we shouldn't read too much into? The answer to that question is up to the individual teams, but his combine performance will play a huge role in how those teams answer.
As I've discussed already, Lonnie Johnson Jr. fits what Kris Richard tends to look for in his cornerbacks. He is long, tall, and relatively athletic, making him a clay piece for a coach like Richard to develop.
The question is, however, how much development can really occur? The highs for Johnson are rather high when he maximizes his natural abilities on the field. But too often he is sloppy in technique, or looks lost in man coverage. Whether or not Richard can "fix" Johnson completely may never be seen, but teams (especially this one) could fall in love with him as a prospect for what he can become if it all comes together.
Cowboys Draft Target: Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson
NAME: Rodney Anderson
CONFERENCE: Big 12
POSITION: Running Back
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 24
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
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Before we get into the player, we should really try to get to know Rodney Anderson the person. He attended Katy High School in Katy, Texas, one of the powerhouse HS football programs in the state. He was a four-star recruit who received offers from Auburn, Baylor, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. He originally committed to Texas A&M, but changed his mind and decided to go to Oklahoma instead. He had an up-and-down career on the football field at Oklahoma because of injuries, but did graduate with a degree in Arts and Sciences in May 2018 and is pursuing his Master's in Human Relations.
Rodney Anderson has the ideal size and athleticism to become a featured back in the NFL. He shows good patience and vision on film to allow his offensive lineman to secure their blocks before sticking his foot in the ground and exploding through the hole. He runs behind his pads and shows good strength, loose hips, and balance to run through arm tackles. More than capable of picking up those "dirty yards" and is surprisingly slippery as a runner in the open field.
Anderson is capable of playing in a power scheme or a zone heavy scheme like the Dallas Cowboys deploy. He has been featured in a number of rushing concepts including gap/power, read action, and power sweeps. His talent also carries over to the passing game. He possesses soft hands and looks natural catching the ball both out of the backfield and down the field as a receiver. Solid in pass protection, but this is an area of his game where he can improve.
The biggest negative about Rodney Anderson is his injury history at Oklahoma. He is basically a one-year wonder because of three separate season-ending injuries, but bad things happen in three so maybe that's behind him. Durability will be a question mark entering the NFL though.
His vision is sometimes questionable, especially on inside and outside zone reads. Has a tendency to to try to bounce runs to the outside too often or cut back too quickly. Shows good explosiveness, but only average burst through the hole. Seems to have adequate long speed on tape, but is 40 yard dash time will be heavily scrutinized if he's able to run at the NFL Scouting Combine.
In the passing game he needs to improve his route running and pass protection if he wants to be a three-down back in the NFL. The talent is there, just not the production and consistency. Will also have to prove he can be productive against stacked boxes at the next level since he rarely saw any in college due to Oklahoma's spread offense.
If the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a running back capable of being a featured back in the NFL, while also spelling Ezekiel Elliott from time to time, then Rodney Anderson is there guy. His combination of power, balance, explosiveness, and scheme diversity could come in handy as their RB2. Not only would he provide a good insurance policy if the unthinkable were to happen to Zeke, but he could take over if they decide not to give No. 21 a contract extension.
There is a lot to like about Rodney Anderson's game and his ability to contribute in the running and passing game, but he is not by any means a clean prospect. Despite his immense talent, his injury history and lack of consistency in college is bothersome. But, as a mid-round pick the reward far outweighs the risks. Paired with Elliott, the Cowboys could have a formidable one-two punch in their backfield and could pound opposing defenses into submission.
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