#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.
#SEAvsDAL: Betting Preview, Trends, And Prediction
The Dallas Cowboys found a way to get their first win last Sunday, defeating the New York Giants from start to finish, 20-13.
Now at 1-1 and locked in a three way tie for 1st place in the NFC East, Dallas is looking to string together a few victories and create some early separation. Seattle is now sitting at 0-2, and while that's typically a hole teams cannot climb out of in the NFL, the Seahawks will be desperately fighting to avoid an 0-3 start.
The Seahawks opened up as 3 point home favorites against the Cowboys, with the over/under set at 44.5 points.
After an abysmal season opener against Carolina, the Cowboys came out firing against the Giants on Sunday night. Dallas led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter, and ended up holding on as the Giants made a late garbage-time run.
Dak Prescott looked as comfortable in the pocket as he as in weeks, finding Tavon Austin for a 64 yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. Ezekiel Elliott scored another rushing touchdown, and the Cowboys defense was straight up dominant.
Now, the Cowboys defensive line has another chance to increase their sack total against the Seahawks' weak offensive line. And you know DeMarcus Lawrence is salivating.
Dallas improved to 1-1 straight up and against the spread, covering the 3 point spread set by Vegas a week ago. Both Cowboys games have gone under thus far as well.
The Seahawks fell to 0-2 on Monday night with a tough road loss to the Chicago Bears. Khalil Mack dominated the Seahawks offensive line, dictating protections and keeping Russell Wilson uncomfortable all night long.
The Seahawks haven't been able to get much of a run game going this season, despite their insistence upon doing so. Russell Wilson is their offense, and if the Cowboys can pressure him and force him into hero-ball throws, they should have success on Sunday. After all, this was the Bears recipe for success on Monday night.
Seattle is 0-2 straight up and 0-1-1 against the spread this season.
- The score total has gone under 5 straight Cowboys' games.
- Dallas is 2-4 against the spread their last six times playing at Seattle.
- Seattle is 1-5 against the spread their last six games at home.
- The under has hit 4 of the last 5 Cowboys/Seahawks games.
While I've thought hard about picking the under for the third straight week (I'm 2-0 doing so), I'll pick the actual game for you guys this time. I think the Cowboys will get this road win and improve to 2-1 behind dominant defensive line play and a strong running game.
This match up favors Dallas in multiple ways and I expect them to take advantage of Seattle's weak spots.
I like the Cowboys +3 a lot this Sunday.
Kris Richard, the Cowboys X-Factor Against the Seahawks
In the NFL, wins are hard to come by. That is why teams do their due diligence each and every week to try to come up with some advantage, however slight. This week, the Dallas Cowboys may have the biggest advantage they could possibly hope for over their opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, and he goes by the name of Kris Richard.
The hiring of Kris Richard may have been Dallas' biggest offseason move. We have already seen in the first couple of games of the 2018 season the impact he's had on the Cowboys defense. The entire defensive unit has been playing possessed and has pretty much dominated their opponents. I believe Richard deserves the majority of the credit.
But this week is different. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Seattle for a Sunday afternoon game against the Seahawks, who are a tough opponent when playing at home. History hasn't always been kind to the Cowboys when playing on the road in Seattle.
In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Tony Romo doesn't still have nightmares about playing in Seattle. A mishandled snap on a routine 19 yard field goal attempt ended up costing the Cowboys a playoff victory in 2007. Then he sustained the back injury that would ultimately end his career in a meaningless preseason game against the Seahawks in 2016.
To say history hasn't been kind to the Cowboys in Seattle would probably be an understatement. But still, that's where they're heading for this Week 3 matchup.
Luckily, I believe the Dallas Cowboys have an ace in the hole in 2018. I think their new Passing Game Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach, Kris Richard, is going to be the X-Factor. Who could give you more inside information than someone who spent the last eight years with Seattle as both a coach and a player than Richard?
Kris Richard should know just about all of the ins and outs about the Seattle Seahawks, especially on the defensive side of the ball since he served as their Defensive Coordinator the previous two seasons before joining the Cowboys. But, his knowledge of their offense could prove to be invaluable as well.
Richard has seen the Seahawks offense and Russell Wilson on a daily basis in practice firsthand. He should have a very good understanding of not only their tendencies, but what types of plays they run out of different formations. It should be just like having a spy within their own huddle.
Now, having inside information is one thing, but executing the game plan is something different entirely. Kris Richard can possibly predict with high probability exactly what the Seahawks plan on doing, but it falls on the Cowboys players as to execute the game plan.
In the end, this game will ultimately come down to which team executes better on the field Sunday afternoon. The Dallas Cowboys may have an X-Factor in Kris Richard, but he's not the one suiting up against the Seahawks. It all falls on the player's shoulders, as it always has.
Do you think Kris Richard can be the Cowboys X-Factor against the Seahawks?
Cowboys Reunion with WR Brice Butler Makes No Sense
The Dallas Cowboys have brought back Wide Receiver Brice Butler, who was with the team from 2015-2017. The reunion is a head-scratching move given the team's current stockpile of receivers, and especially given Butler's lack of impact during his previous run in Dallas.
There's no question that Dallas could use some more juice in the passing game. So far the post-Witten, post-Bryant era has only seen 165 yards-per-game out of Dak Prescott and his current receiving options.
I can understand the Cowboys getting antsy about this low production. I can understand the feeling that waiting for chemistry to develop between Dak and new faces like Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup, or any one of these young tight ends, could be damaging to the season.
But when you need a spark in the offense, it seems odd to turn to a guy who was in your system for three years and never had a huge game.
Let's just look at Butler's top five statistical performances as a Cowboy:
- 5 catches, 41 yards, 1 touchdown (Week 4, 2016)
- 2 catches, 90 yards, 1 touchdown (Week 3, 2017)
- 2 catches, 50 yards, 1 touchdown (Week 17, 2017)
- 4 catches, 74 yards (Week 16, 2015)
- 4 catches, 60 yards (Week 17, 2015)
No games with over 100 yards. No games with more than five catches. No games with more than one touchdown.
I'm not trying to slam Brice here. He is what he is. This is all about trying to understand the logic of the Cowboys' front office in making this move.
If the idea was to bring in a guy who Dak Prescott had more familiarity with, then why not give Terrance Williams more playing time? He's already on the roster and buried on the depth chart, getting the fewest snaps of all the WRs last week.
If you've followed my work for long, you know I'm no fan of Williams. But even I can admit that he's been more productive and effective in this offense than Brice Butler ever was.
If you're bringing in Butler to be a vertical threat, isn't that what you signed veteran Deonte Thompson for? Last year, playing for two different teams with shaky QB situations, Thompson had 38 catches for 555 yards. Brice hasn't had a single season close to that.
What about Tavon Austin? Just three days ago, Austin had a 64-yard touchdown. Did we really need another guy for field stretching? And even if so, what in Butler's history indicates he can do something that Thompson or Austin can't?
Don't forget about Hurns, Gallup, or Cole Beasley either. They're not vertical receivers, but they're still the top three guys in the offense.
If you're a Brice Butler fan, you've likely argued that his lack of production in Dallas was from a lack of opportunities. That may be true, but how has that changed in 2018? There are more mouths to feed than ever at WR.
What is Butler going to do now, that he didn't for three years, to earn more looks?
If Dallas was really concerned about adding an offensive spark, the opportunity was out there this week with Josh Gordon. The Patriots got him for a conditional 5th-round pick from Cleveland just yesterday.
I can understand why Dallas, given recent issues with Randy Gregory and David Irving, were reluctant to add a player with such a notorious history of substance abuse. But if the no-nonsense Patriots were willing to give him a shot, why not the far more liberal Cowboys?
If Gordon was one problem child too many, what about Jordan Matthews? The former 2nd-round pick is still just 26 (Butler is 28) and had over 800 yards in each year from 2014-2016. He had a down year in Buffalo in 2017, as anyone would, and then didn't make the Patriots squad this year due to an injury.
Whether it's on your own roster or out in the open market, there seem to be profitable options than Brice Butler. The chance for him to be the next Laurent Robinson came and went; the same QB and the same Offensive Coordinator are here.
Is there really some juice left to squeeze here?
There's an old saying that, "if you have two quarterbacks, you don't have any." I think the same logic applies to having seven wide receivers. There was already a logjam, and Dallas didn't even cut one of them to make room for Butler.
So yeah, I don't get it. I'm perplexed why they added anyone at all, this early in the year, while their current receivers are all healthy and still trying to find their role in the offense.
And if the Cowboys really felt that had to make a move, why the heck did they bring back this guy?
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