Kenny Decker

Terrance Williams Is Cleared For Takeoff In Dallas

Created on Oct. 18, 2013 3:30 PM EST

After leading the nation in receiving yards his senior year at the University of Baylor, Terrance Williams is starting to fall into the role the Dallas Cowboys hoped for when they drafted him this past draft. Many believe they got a steal with Williams — third round, 74th overall — but it was unsure where he would fit into the Cowboys’ passing attack with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten taking most of Tony Romo’s targets.

However, cue the early-season Austin injury, and Williams’ career has gotten an opportunity to take off. Romo has a track record of boosting wide receivers in their efforts to build a name for themselves (see: Austin, Laurent Robinson and Kevin Ogletree). All three of those receivers were somewhat no-name receivers coming out of a college, and Romo gave them solid seasons to get their careers going. It landed contracts with other teams for Robinson and Ogletree, and Austin has remained with Dallas. Austin has always battled injuries, and it appears that the Cowboys prefer Williams over even a healthy Austin at this point. Hopefully, though, Williams’ career differs from all three of the aforementioned names and he becomes a consistent receiver of the future for the Cowboys.

Williams’ breakout began in Week 4 at San Diego. He was targeted by Romo eight times for seven receptions and 71 yards. He followed that up with a huge performance in Week 5 with four receptions for 151 yards and his first career touchdown. This past week versus Washington, he had just two receptions, but one of them was on a very pretty throw to the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

This could be the beginning of a very strong season and possibly career for Williams (Dallas fans sure hope so). He has the skill set for the NFL: big frame, good hands and breakaway speed. As long as he holds onto the football and keeps running his routes, you know Romo will continue looking his way. Every opposing defense knows how Bryant can hurt them and how Witten can hurt them; pretty soon they will start learning how Terrance Williams can hurt them. If Williams develops quickly into a dangerous receiver, defensive coordinators around the league will have nightmares about slowing down Dallas’ offensive assault.

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