Dallas Cowboys fans go through a lot of trends over time.
For a while, there was a loud crowd which yelled for Tony Romo's head and wanted for the team to start over and rebuild, beginning with a change at the quarterback position.
Then came the "Jason Garrett claps too much" crowd, who criticized Garrett's robotics on the sideline and during post-game pressers.
This offseason, however, has seen an incredible rise in the "I hate Terrance Williams" fan club.
It makes sense. Williams had a promising season in 2014 with Romo at the helm as the number two weapon to Dez Bryant. However, 2015 didn't come with as much success for Williams following injuries to both Romo and Bryant.
I am here to say to you, Cowboys Nation, that the Terrance Williams hate needs to be relaxed a bit.
First of all, no single player will benefit more from the returns of both Romo and Bryant than Terrance Williams.
Williams is the epitome of a number two receiver. No more, no less.
The Williams hate-train gained more and more steam as the 2015 season went on due to the fact that he was asked to fulfill a role he simply isn't mean to play. Once Bryant went down, we all expected and wished for Williams to step up and fill Dez's shoes to an extent. We wanted him to showcase his talents which many thought he had, and make big plays down the field.
Instead, we saw Williams for exactly what he is; a number two receiver.
When he is at his best, Williams is able to play the role of an outside receiver and isn't forced to run a full route-tree. When he is able to play opposite of Dez Bryant, he can play in this role and excel. But, when he was forced to be the number one guy, he just couldn't cut it.
But now, welcome to 2016. Or should I say, welcome back to 2014.
The 2014 season was a fantastic one for almost anyone involved with the Dallas Cowboys. And, even though some of the numbers may not show it, this holds true for Williams as well.
While being targeted only 64 times, Williams hauled in 8 touchdowns, a career high.
He then finished off his 2014 campaign with two solid playoff performances, combining for 4 receptions for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Dez Bryant has seen some ridiculous coverages during his career, but this was especially true during the Cowboys' playoff run in 2014. This allowed Williams to work against one defender, find open space, and make big plays.
Of course, there is the other reason for me to expect a resurgence from Terrance Williams.
It's a contract year, and that usually changes everything.
The odds that Williams remains a Cowboy in 2017 are slim, regardless of how well he may perform this season.
The team has a lot of money in other places, like in Romo and Dez, which will hurt the Cowboys chances of retaining Williams.
Newest Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott will take up a considerable amount of cap room as well, with a $5 million cap hit in 2017.
Then of course, the "Great Wall of Dallas" will each be due for negotiations over the next few years.
To make matters worse for Williams chances in Dallas, many expect Brice Butler to emerge as the number two receiver in the near future. Butler would be able to potentially fill the same role as Williams, while doing so at a much cheaper price.
While Williams may be done in Dallas after this season, that doesn't mean he can't get paid elsewhere. And, I expect him to do so.
So yes, Cowboys Nation, Terrance Williams' talent has a clearly defined ceiling. He has shown that he isn't much more than a number two receiver who possesses some big play ability at times.
But this year, his abilities, while limited, are all he will need. He won't be asked to fulfill any roles outside of his talent range, and hopefully won't be asked to do anything that superstar Dez Bryant would normally do.
In this number two role, Williams will shine.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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