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Did Terrance Williams’ Big Game Quiet His Critics?

Brian Martin

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Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Terrance Williams catches a lot more than passes as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He catches a lot of grief that a lot of times is unwarranted. It could be argued he is the most hated player currently on the roster. But, did his big game against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday finally quiet his critics?

The Dallas Cowboys put together an impressive four quarters of football last week against the Kansas City Chiefs and Terrance Williams' performance was definitely one of the bright spots of that game. You may have forgotten already, but Williams caught a career-high nine passes for 141 yards.

Watching Terrance Williams play like one of the best wide receivers on the field in any given game isn't something a lot of Cowboys Nation is accustomed to. In fact, Williams is typically catching flak from Cowboys fans.

WR Terrance WilliamsI think we can all agree we've all been guilty at one time or another about giving Williams grief or shouting a four letter word in his direction. He has become everybody's favorite whipping boy and I know a lot of us wondered what the Dallas Cowboys were thinking by re-signing him to a four-year contract.

It may or may not be that much of a surprise to you, but Terrance Williams definitely hears all these things spoken about him.

"It's kind of hard when you're just standing there being the [butt] all the time of people's jokes and people always talking bad about you," Williams said.

I don't know about you, but that would make it difficult for me to put my best foot forward week after week when I know I'm going to be criticized regardless. But thankfully, Terrance Williams' performance against the Kansas City Chiefs might just keep his critics at bay for a while.

It's sometimes difficult for Cowboys fans to grasp why the coaching staff value Williams so much. He doesn't hardly ever show up in a big way on the stat sheet. His contribution to the team typically goes unnoticed. But, the coaching staff loves the effort he puts forth blocking down the field in the running game and the weapon he can be in the receiving game when targeted.

Yes, we all know that he is a "body catcher" and sometimes drops passes that hit him right in the hands. But, he is still capable of breaking a game wide open. Look no further than what he did against the Chiefs Sunday afternoon.

WR Terrance WilliamsNow, don't expect Terrance Williams to go off and continue racking up 100 yard receiving games. He has only hit the 100 yard receiving mark two other times in his career. Once in 2015 when he caught eight passes for 173 yards against the Washington Redskins with Kellen Moore at QB. The only other time was in his rookie season against the Denver Broncos (four catches, 151 yards, 1 TD).

Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff don't expect Williams to rack up continuous 100 receiving yard games. He is their WR2, but probably the third maybe even the fourth option for Dak Prescott in the passing game. His targets will be few and far between. He just has to capitalize on his opportunities, which is exactly what he did against the Chiefs.

Whether or not Terrance Williams was able to quiet any of his critics with his big game against the Kansas City Chiefs doesn't really matter. He just has to continue to keep his head down and capitalize on his opportunities when the ball comes his way.

Be reliable. Period. It's as simple as that.

Do you think Terrance Williams quieted any of his critics?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  • Fatfan

    I’ve always been a fan of T W. I heard him say that too, (your quote above), and even after such a stellar performance, wow. I could feel the pain in his voice.
    Sure he body catches, and drops a few… Our supposed superstar wr catches with his hands, and drops his share of passes too. However TW would be even better if Linehan used him to his strengths. TW, even at Baylor, was most dangerous catching the ball on the run, and heading to the endzone. Why he’s not used on crossing routes more, and out routes and sideline routes less is beyond me. Let him catch on the fly and his yac will rank among the NFL’s best.

    • Brian Martin

      I’ve been a fan of T-Will as well. Yes, I get frustrated with him when he allows a pass to bounce off his hands that should have been easily caught, but you’re right he’s not being utilized correctly. Crossing routes, deep in, and even slants are his best route combinations. The strength to his game is catching the ball on the move and picking up yards after the catch. Linehan needs to do a better job of putting him in those type of situations, much like he did against the Chiefs.

  • Fatfan

    Hopefully, Linehan has caught on, and the game against the Chiefs was not an accident by Linehan. Please shall soon find out

    • Brian Martin

      We are all hoping that is the case.

  • Russ_Te

    There has been some justified consternation when Williams stays inbounds as the clock expires, or muffs a catch and it tips up INT in a game the team goes on to lose. But on balance he is a positive force, and he was the guy last week. KC did not have a coverage for him.

    Certainly good value from a 3rd rounder, legit #2 WR who can make plays. My bigger issue right now is the rise of – and / or shackles on – Butler, and what kind of added offensive pop we can probably get if he starts. He has better ability to get open deep than any WR on the roster, and in turn that could free Dez up underneath with defenses being unable to load up on him.

    There is another corner or two for Butler to turn to consistently pull the double coverage to him and off Dez, but IMO he can’t do that unless he is starting.

    So my position is unchanged by TWill’s big game last week. The nice thing is that these guys do have a team ethic in which the main goal of each, even Dez, is to win. They’re not carping at each other and they accept the role they are assigned in the offense. Which is how it works on winning teams.

    • Brian Martin

      I’m personally kind of torn about Butler. He is just so inconsistent to be trusted as a starter, but he does provide that deep threat element to the offense. I completely understand why the coaching staff continues to start Williams, but they have to continue to utilize him to his strengths like they did against the Chiefs. We might see both of them more this week with Dez Bryant banged up. Hopefully they can both step up their games.

  • dallas1966

    Can T Williams, be consistent, on weekly basis, instead of every blue moon, especially, with Dez lower leg issues, that may further eradicate the speed that Dez did have, that’s the question?
    Can T Williams, continuously, catch the football with his HANDS, that’s another question.

    If he can answer both of those questions, in the next six games, while Zeke is on the shelf, this Cowboys offense will be more dangerous than before.

    • Brian Martin

      Those are excellent questions. I think if Linehan plays to T-Will’s strengths then 83 can be more consistent. T-Will is at his best when he can catch the ball on the run on crossing routes or slants and then pick up yards after the catch. He is always going to revert back to catching the ball with his body, but he does work hard on his own time to improve his hands. We will have to wait and see how things work out though. I’m personally hoping for the best.

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Dónde Tiene Que Mejorar Dallas?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Jaguars

El mejor juego de los Dallas Cowboys en 2018 vino la semana pasada, cuando recibieron a los Jacksonville Jaguars y los vencieron 40-7. Un resultado que tomó a todos por sorpresa demostró la mejor cara en el año de este equipo que apenas tiene un récord de 3-3.

Por más dominantes que se vieron en el emparrillado el domingo pasado, esa actuación no termina de reflejar lo que realmente son los Cowboys. Son un equipo con potencial en la ofensiva y con una defensiva bastante fuerte, pero ¿pueden ganar constantemente como lo hicieron contra Jaguars?

De entrada, la respuesta a esta pregunta parece ser no. Aún en esa victoria, se vieron problemas evidentes en la ofensiva. Para empezar, la falta de ejecución en la segunda mitad en series ofensivas que incluso llegaron a iniciar en territorio enemigo. De gol de campo en gol de campo se juntan puntos, sin duda, pero en partidos cerrados eso termina costando victorias. Hace falta que Dak Prescott y compañía puedan mover el balón una vez en rango de gol de campo y convertir esas oportunidades a touchdowns.

Otra preocupación que no podemos subestimar es que el juego aéreo sigue sin funcionar apropiadamente. Cole Beasley dominó con nueve atrapadas para 101 yardas y dos touchdowns, pero el resto de los receptores se fueron sin  más de una recepción por cabeza. El único jugador que logró más de una fue el TE Geoff Swaim, quien se llevo dos en todo el juego.

Si bien Beasley tuvo uno de los mejores juegos en su carrera, más receptores tienen que involucrarse para llevar la ofensiva al siguiente nivel. La buena noticia es que en esta ocasión se enfrentaron contra una de las mejores secundarias en la NFL. Los números son malos, pero tienen la oportunidad de demostrar mucho más contra otras defensivas.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que repartir más la bola y seguir buscando maneras creativas de utilizar a su RB Ezekiel Elliott. Pases pantallas en tercera y largo no es ser creativo. Lo vemos funcionar dos o tres veces al año pero mandan esta jugada semanalmente. En cuanto a Dak Prescott, hay mucho donde mejorar. Deberíamos estar viendo pases más arriesgados, al centro del campo y mucho mejor posicionados.

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Para la defensiva, las cosas se ven muy bien. Puede que veamos la mejor versión de esta unidad esta semana, cuando viajen a Washington. Maliek Collins, Sean Lee, David Irving, y Randy Gregory estarán jugando mucho más sanos y preparados. Este es un frente defensivo lleno de talento que intimidará constantemente a Alex Smith este domingo.

A pesar de que los Redskins no tienen una ofensiva muy explosiva, el área de oportunidad principal para la defensiva de Cowboys está en la profundidad defensiva. Tanto Jeff Heath como Xavier Woods han hecho un trabajo decente, pero tienen sus momentos en los que no logran asegurar una tackleada y permiten jugadas largas.

Hace unos meses no esperábamos que fuera la defensiva y no la ofensiva la que cargaría a este equipo a muchas victorias, pero ese ha sido el caso en las tres victorias de esta temporada. Y en las tres derrotas, la defensiva fue la que mantuvo a los Cowboys en el juego.

Sin duda alguna, lo que tiene que mejorar es la ofensiva. Los receptores tienen que desmarcarse, Prescott debe ser más preciso y tener una mejor conciencia en la bolsa de protección.

Pero sobre todo, es la inconsistencia del equipo. Esto se comienza a sentir como la temporada del año pasado, cuando los Cowboys se fueron 9-7 y nunca terminaron de establecerse como contendientes a los playoffs. Aún en una NFC East donde todos los equipos tienen récords similares y débiles, no pueden continuar perdiendo una semana y  ganando a la otra.

Ganarle a los Redskins sería la primera victoria de Dallas jugando de visita. También sería la primera vez en el año en la que tendrían victorias consecutivas. Por esto y muchas otras razones, incluyendo el potencial liderato de la división, este juego es de suma importancia.

Si ganan, podría ser el momento en el que los Cowboys terminen de darle la vuelta a la página y si pierden, podría ser un indicador de que esta temporada será igual que la del 2017.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Dónde Tiene Que Mejorar Dallas?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off arguably their best and most complete offensive performance of the season after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, but there is still quite a bit of improvement that can be made. The need to get more playmakers involved is apparent, which is why I think it's time to utilize Fullback Jamize Olawale's unique skill set.

I know many of you will argue that getting Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup going is a higher priority, and you wouldn't be wrong, but Jamize Olawale's playmaking ability could be a huge asset for Quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense. I know it sounds a little strange, but hang in there with me for little bit.

As things stand right now, Olawale has only played 38 offensive snaps (10%) in 2018. That's the exact amount of offensive plays Wide Receiver Terrance Williams has played this year and he's missed the majority of the season. It's not exactly the kind of production I was expecting when the Cowboys decided to bring him aboard via trade with the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason.

I don't know about you, but I was expecting Olawale to be more involved in the offensive game plan. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and isn't too shabby as a runner either. But, we haven't seen him utilized in either fashion this season and I think that's an injustice that needs to be corrected.

Now, I fully understand there are other offensive weapons ahead of him in the pecking order who need to see more targets, but I also really think he can make a difference maker, especially in the passing game. That is where his strengths lie, not as a lead blocking fullback.

Jamize Olawale

Dallas Cowboys FB Jamize Olawale

Olawale was a bit of a Swiss Army knife during his time with the Oakland Raiders. He played a little running back, fullback, tight end, and even a little slot receiver. I really thought the Cowboys would take advantage of his versatility in the passing game, but as of yet they have failed to do so.

I'd like to see the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan utilize Jamize Olawale's unique playmaking ability a little bit more on offense. I think they should try to utilize him like the San Francisco 49ers use their fullback, Kyle Juszczyk. He's much more involved and has played a total of 263 offensive snaps (63.68%) this year.

Juszczyk is a better lead blocking FB then Olawale, but that's not where he makes the most difference in the 49ers offense. He does it as a receiver and has already caught 17 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. That's some pretty solid production from a position that is being phased out in the NFL.

Now, just imagine the Cowboys offense getting similar production from Olawale and how that would help open up things for everybody else. It's not out of the realm of possibility because the 49ers offense and the Cowboys isn't all that dissimilar.

Unfortunately, I think Jamize Olawale is pretty much an afterthought in the Cowboys offense right now. It's truly unfortunate because I think he can be a difference maker if given the opportunity. And with a division foe like the Washington Redskins next on the schedule, what better time to unleash a new and unseen element of the offense?

Do you think Jamize Olawale needs to be more involved offensively?



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Cole Beasley Key to Cowboys Passing Game Productivity?

Brian Martin

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What most of us already knew was confirmed last Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide Receiver Cole Beasley is the Dallas Cowboys best receiver and is the key to the passing game productivity. He is not only the most productive, but the most consistent.

Cole Beasley isn't the tallest or the fastest and definitely doesn't look like a prototypical NFL receiver, but he showed last week against the Jaguars why opposing defenses have to account for him on every single play. He torched Jacksonville's top-ranked passing defense for 101 yards on nine catches and added two touchdowns, and it's that production that could help open up the entire passing game for the Cowboys.

It's painfully obvious Cole Beasley has been Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game since he took over the starting duties in 2016. Once opposing defenses figured that out they started to make things extremely difficult by bracketing Beasley in coverage and the passing game hasn't been the same since. But, that could be changing if the Jaguars game was an indication of what we might see moving forward.

Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan did a much better job of moving Beasley around to create favorable matchups against the Jaguars. I think we will see much more of that moving forward, but that likely means opposing defenses will once again try to take away Prescott's favorite target. That actually could end up helping the Cowboys passing game though.

Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

If opposing defenses indeed try to contain Cole Beasley like they've done in the past, it should help provide more opportunities for Dallas' other pass catchers. Spreading the ball around to several different receivers would not only help Prescott and the passing game, but also open up the entire offense.

We haven't really seen much of Allen Hurns or Michael Gallup this season, but both are more than capable of being more productive if they are seeing single coverage more often. That's what's likely to happen if defenses bracket Beasley in coverage once again. Both WRs need to be more involved anyway and Beasley's recent spike in production could help do just that.

Now, if defenses decide to try and cover Beasley one-on-one like the Jaguars did quite a bit of last Sunday, the Cowboys would be wise to take advantage of that mismatch. He simply can't be covered by a single defensive back because of his precise route running ability. He is that good.

Regardless of how opposing defenses try to handle/contain Cole Beasley, he is without a doubt key to the Dallas Cowboys passing game productivity. Just the threat of him on the field changes a defenses approach, which is why he is Dallas' #1  WR in my book. He absolutely has to be more involved moving forward, even if it is as a decoy.

Do you think Cole Beasley is the key to the Cowboys passing game productivity?



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