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Will Terrance Williams be Relegated to Backup Duty in 2018?

Brian Martin

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There will be plenty of things to pay close attention to now that the Dallas Cowboys are about to get into their offseason program, but one position in particular might stand out above the rest… the wide receiver position.

The Dallas Cowboys knew they had to do something to upgrade the position after witnessing everyone dramatically underperform in 2017 and made it a focus of the offseason. It was an approach that will now result in quite a few new faces in the Cowboys WR meeting room.

Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Michael Gallup, and Cedrick Wilson are the incoming new faces and their additions will certainly shake up the Cowboys WR depth chart. It's really going to be interesting to see how all of this ends up shaking out, but I think it could spell trouble for Terrance Williams.

As things stand right now, I think Terrance Williams is at best WR3 on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart and could fall much further before the 2018 season gets underway. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't have chosen a worse time to break his foot and missed time.

It kind of slipped through the cracks with all of the excitement of free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft, but No. 83 broke his foot a few weeks ago and is expected to miss the majority of the offseason workouts. He could be back in time for training camp, but these kind of foot injuries have a way of lingering. So, who knows when he will actually be ready?

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

With Williams out, this is the perfect opportunity for other wide receivers to step up and catch the eye of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. I'm not just talking about these incoming rookies and free agents, but someone like Noah Brown has a chance to really make some noise.

The Dallas Cowboys can't afford to play favorites at this point, especially since they decided to release their best WR Dez Bryant a few weeks before the draft. They have to do what's best for the team, which means Terrance Williams could take quite a fall down the depth chart if things work out the way I believe they will.

You see, while Williams is out nursing his foot injury, I think Michael Gallup will move up to WR3 on the depth chart and become the Cowboys new "Z" receiver. This is a position Williams has held down for the past several years, but it looks as if time might have caught up with him.

Of course, Gallup isn't the only WR who could surpass Williams on the depth chart. I believe Noah Brown is ready for a bigger workload entering his second year in the NFL. He probably should've been utilized more often last season, but that's neither here nor there now.

So, it's not out of the question Terrance Williams ends up falling two spots on the depth chart, ending up as the WR5. That means he will likely end up being relegated to backup duty for the 2018 season.

Do you think Terrance Williams will be relegated to backup duty in 2018?



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3 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    He’ll be this year’s Darren Mcfadden. They’ll find a way to keep him inactive all year even if he’s healthy. It will also depend on how much they like Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Deonte Thompson.

  • Russ_Te

    Probably the biggest weakness for this staff is the inertia factor. We’ve watched JG and Linehan do no adjustments when defenses demolished their gameplan, and we watched Williams start every week with low production, while the deep threat Butler only came in on long downs. Similar complaint Beasley / Switzer, and Witten / Gathers (after concussion early season).

    WR is changing this year, but they have a general problem locking in to stuff that isn’t panning out.

  • Mr. Jaguar

    With the new receivers coach emphasis on on the field discipline in carrying out their position assignments as technician @ the wide receiver position, imho, I expect the Cowboys to trade T. Williams, by the trade deadline in October, to a desperate team. Can’t see him on the roster for 2019. Cowboys organization are doing what the Patriots been8 doing for years. Having their wide receiver position being a core of technicians, who are perceise route runners, and have the ability to make adjustments against the opposition defense ,with on the field discipline in reading defenses, which has made T. Brady , a hall of fame quarterback .

    Now Dak, will benefit, because this type of schematic concepts, complements his weaknesses, and enhances his strengths. Expect the Cowboys organization to draft more wide receivers, who falls into this category, to be selected, instead of wide receivers, who just rely on athletic abilities.

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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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