Welcome to our daily series reviewing the Dallas WR unit heading into the 2014 season. The Dallas Cowboys recently designated Miles Austin as a June 1st cut meaning his time with the Cowboys has officially come to end. Austin’s departure leaves the Cowboys in an interesting position heading into the 2014.
This week we are providing daily profiles of the Dallas Cowboys’ WR unit. In the end we hope to answer the following questions:
Do the Cowboys need to bring in a reliable veteran to fill Miles Austin’s shoes? Is Terrance Williams able to fill Austin’s shoes as the #2 WR? If Dez Bryant is lost to injury will the Cowboys be able to survive? Who on the current roster is most likely to breakout in 2014?
Look for those answers on Friday. Today we start at the top of the roster. We take a look at Terrance Williams
NFL Seasons: 1
2013 Receiving Statistics: 44 Receptions / 736 yards / 5 TDs
It’s safe to say Terrance Williams was the surprise of the Cowboys’ rookie class last season. Everyone expected 1st rounder Travis Fredrick to do well but very few saw the 3rd round pick from Baylor as an immediate contributor. It wasn’t always smooth sailing for Williams. Thrown into action almost immediately, Williams did have his struggles.
Williams was responsible for at least a couple early interception by incorrectly running routes and failing to gain positioning on a CB jumping his route. Many (including yours truly) were wondering why he was on the field in the first place.
Then things started coming together…
Williams established himself as the clear #2 WR on the Cowboys last year and has the team feeling pretty good heading into 2014 without longtime Cowboy Miles Austin on the roster. Much like Dez Bryant, Williams has the ability to be a complete receiver. He has deep speed that must be respected, he has soft hand, a big body that can make catches in traffic, and open field moves.
Projection: Terrance Williams is thought of as a smart football player. If he puts in the time and hits the books (film room/practice field) there is no reason he can’t be a 1000 yard receiver. With Dez learning multiple receiver spots and motion, Williams will have to as well. The key for the Cowboys in 2014 will be freeing Dez of coverage. When they can’t, Williams will have to make opposing defenses pay.
2014 Projection: 70 receptions / 1000 yards / 5 TDs
Tomorrow: Dwyane Harris
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