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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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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

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Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys LB Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week Against Eagles

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You already knew that Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker, had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran Sean Lee, who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

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THE. WOLF. HUNTER. Congratulations to #DallasCowboys rookie LB @VanderEsch38 on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week! → https://t.co/XeSTt2tIpX

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. Kicker Brett Maher won the Special Teams version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the Detroit Lions.

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when DeMarcus Lawrence put up three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a "must-win" game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the NFC East.

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.



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Legendary Cowboys Quarterback Backs Dak Prescott

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Takeaway Tuesday: Prescott's Legs Give Offense a Much Needed Spark

Things have not gone well for Dak Prescott this season. His play has been up and down and he hasn't given the team or Cowboys Nation much reason to believe that he's the future at the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas today, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach offered support for the Cowboys current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.

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Roger Staubach on @1053thefan said #Dak is a part of the problem with the #Cowboys offense, but he is not the problem.

Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.

As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are  many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.

Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.

Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.

It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.

Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.



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