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Terrance Williams Continues To Redeem Himself

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- Terrance Williams, #83

The first few weeks of the 2016 season were rough for wide receiver Terrance Williams. A start so rough, that staff writer Brian Martin posed the question "Is Terrance Williams the Most Hated Cowboys Player," and people mostly agreed.

First, in the Cowboys home opener and only loss of the year, Williams neglected to run out of bounds on a final second reception. The clock then ran out, and the perfect Dan Bailey was not given the opportunity to win the game. Cowboys Headlines - Is Terrance Williams' Future in Dallas?

Then two games later, Williams made a huge catch on a drive that was supposed to put the Chicago Bears away once and for all, only to fumble it away and give Chicago another chance to get into the game.

Since that moment, where all of Cowboys Nation seemed against Terrance, he has risen to the occasion and played some of the best football of his career. Yesterday was no different.

Nearing the end of a tight first half, the Cowboys needed to punch it in for 6 in order to create some separation with Washington. On first and goal, Dak Prescott couldn't find anywhere to go with the ball, and was flushed out of the pocket to his right.

The came Terrance Williams.

Noticing his quarterback in trouble, Williams retreated for the ball and made a spectacular catch to keep both feet in bounds reminiscent of his big play in Seattle 2 years ago.

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/801920131597156353?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Here's another angle, just for good measure.

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/801920561811255296

While Williams has long been criticized for his "body catching" habits, one area he excels in is his footwork. I honestly have no idea how he swiped both feet in bounds on that play, but thankfully he did it and got the Cowboys a two touchdown lead which they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

Oh, and it got Williams this nickname from fellow receivers Dez Bryant and Lucky Whitehead.

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Dez, on Terrance: "Why you think we call him Sweet Feet?

For all the flack that Williams gets from fans, it is always good to see him make plays and quiet everyone for at least a game. Today, even the biggest Terrance Williams hater can do nothing but tip their cap.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. Randy Martin

    November 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been a heavy critic of T-will’s and haven’t been in favor of resigning him but I have to say the way he has come back from those faux pas early in the season the more he has redeemed himself. I think we all expected him to elevate his play when Dad went down last year and when he didn’t we soured on him. I think he has shown he can thrive in his role in this offense and there will be some strong discussion about re-signing him.

    • Kevin Brady

      Kevin Brady

      November 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      We hoped he could fill the shoes of the number 1 receiver, but honestly he just isn’t meant for that role. But as a complimentary guy, he works really well. Thanks for reading, Randy!

  2. cavinnie

    November 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I think TWill is underrated – his downfield blocking alone has helped us pick up many big gains.

    • Kevin Brady

      Kevin Brady

      November 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      I agree. He gets killed by fans whenever he does something wrong, but those same fans don’t praise him when he does right.

  3. Bobby Bermea

    November 29, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Good piece. He’s even made some very heady plays like keeping Dak from getting an interception by interfering with the defensive back and saving the opportunity for a field goal. Forget what game that was.

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Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

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Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

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Throughout the 2018 NFL season, one of the major story lines surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was how frequently Dak Prescott was taking sacks. It's an area that the Cowboys will have to look at in the offseason to better protect their franchise quarterback moving forward. In the playoffs, however, Dak Prescott and the offensive line were much better at keeping their prized possession upright than they were in the regular season.

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During the playoffs, Prescott's "kept clean" percentage rose from 63% to 68% and he was only sacked once in each game. The one sack against the Los Angeles Rams probably shouldn't have been called a sack as the referee blew the whistle because Prescott was "in the grasp"...

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