In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cowboys traded down in the first round with the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a third round pick. The Cowboys used that pick to select Terrance Williams out of Baylor University, 74th overall.
Williams was selected with the intention of complementing Dez Bryant as a WR2. While Williams can make some great plays, he’s also blown just as many, dropping easy passes, several on third-down.
With both Brice Butler and Terrance Williams’ contractual clock's winding down, it would make sense to give both opportunity for one of them to earn a long-term extension at the end of the upcoming season. That being said, could this be Terrance Williams’ last season in Dallas?
I give Brice Butler, the wide receiver behind Williams on the depth chart, the benefit of the doubt. He was acquired in September, and therefore, missed all of the offseason and preseason opportunities to learn and practice the Cowboys’ offense. He was also injured and missed a few games. But even though he was limited throughout the season, he showed promise in the last two weeks.
When Bryant went down, Williams was thrust into the No. 1 receiver role when he wasn’t ready. He managed only three touchdowns after scoring 13 in the two previous years combined.
More so, Williams tends to catch with his chest:
Letting the ball hit him in the numbers may work for him sometimes, but he runs the risk of having the ball bounce right off the pads for an incomplete, or worse, an interception. Catch with your hands!
The more incomplete passes thrown in 83’s direction, the more likely he’ll be watching the Cowboys from another team. If Williams played like he did this year, then it could be his last year in Dallas.
Despite dropping some balls in the 2015 season, he still posted career highs with 52 catches and 840 yards. Real achievements, considering there were multiple backups at quarterback. With Tony Romo, Williams is a different player (as is the rest of the team).
Williams shows he has the ability to make great plays, even when he has to catch a pass from a backup QB with his hands (not his chest):
Ideally, Williams won’t have to catch too many passes from a backup QB next season. Hopefully, they all come from Romo and we could see more catches, like this:
If anything, the 2015 season proved that Williams isn’t enough of a threat to double cover, but he still excels when the attention is shifted away from him and directed at Bryant.
I like Williams. I am rooting for him. At times he can complement Bryant very well. But he’ll have to step up his game if he wants to keep Brice Butler from taking his job long term.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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