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Terrance Williams: Ready For A Resurgence

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.

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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.



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 am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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2 Comments
  • Ken

    I like how u didn’t say anything about the backups we had that couldn’t hit him when he was opened!!! Y’all focus on a lot of things he couldn’t control.. For example how could he step up and the first three or four games they checked down also check how many times they threw down the field besides the Saints game and that was only Bc they needed a big play and he stepped up and caught the td but it took three times… All you critics hate on him but forget about all the good things he done.. If Romo would have been there the hold season it would have been different Bc he makes him better just like he make Dez Bryant better

    • https://bluesilverblogblog.wordpress.com Kevin Brady

      I am on your side to an extent here, Ken. I think T-Will is a solid number 2 receiver who was put in a bad spot last year. I’m with you there. But at the same time, he has got to show us more this season than he has ever shown before or else it will most likely be his last year in Dallas.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

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The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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