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Did Terrance Williams’ Big Game Quiet His Critics?

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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?



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  1. Fatfan

    November 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      November 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

      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.

  2. Fatfan

    November 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      November 10, 2017 at 8:57 am

      We are all hoping that is the case.

  3. Russ_Te

    November 10, 2017 at 1:25 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      November 10, 2017 at 8:56 am

      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.

  4. dallas1966

    November 10, 2017 at 2:39 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      November 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

      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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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.

Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.

The need for a true WR1

Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.

Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.

How Cowboys Set up High-Stakes Division Meeting with Eagles at Home

Back on top of the NFC East

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.

That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Sean Lee's uncertain future

I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.

The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.

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It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.

Tell me what you think about "How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys" 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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Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Done Pursuing FS Earl Thomas? 1

El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.

Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.

Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.

A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.

La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?

Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.

A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas" 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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