The Dallas Cowboys will have some personnel decisions to make in the coming weeks. The receiving corps is crowded and there will be some cuts to make.
The Dallas Cowboys will be in a pretty tough situation during training camp. They have a lot of new faces and only 53 spots on the game day roster. Things will be especially tight at the wide receiver position.
There are currently 12 receivers on the team and only the six best will make the roster. This could lead to some pretty tough decisions coming up over the next few months. With six players likely to be cut, how likely is it that Terrance Williams will be one of them?
Williams has been working on his game a lot this offseason so this article may seem a bit unfair, however, his numbers dictate otherwise. He had zero touchdowns during the 2017 season and has only managed to bring in 20 throughout his entire five-year career with the Dallas Cowboys.
He also broke his foot during the 2018 offseason and it remains to be seen just how much of OTA’s he will miss. His recovery could linger into training camp and that could put him a bit behind the receivers who have been on the field. It is worth noting that Williams had the second highest catch percentage of his career (67.9) and hauled in 53 receptions.
In 2014 he recorded eight touchdowns the most of his career in a single season. There is also the amount of clutch catches he has produced over the years that are easy to forget when the team loses. Realistically it appears as if Williams has been working harder than ever to take the number one receiver job, but several big questions still remain unanswered.
Can he be an efficient red zone target? Can he bring more explosive plays to the offense? Can he handle a larger number of targets with great efficiency? Plus when discussing Williams you have to bring up his competition at the position. Allen Hurns has some similarities however he has been in the league a year less than Williams and has missed some time because of injury.
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His has a season of being a number one wide receiver under his belt, and his numbers are pretty impressive considering a much younger Blake Bortles was throwing to him. In fact, you could say that Hurns was brought in specifically to compete with Williams for the number one role.
Both players predominantly play on the outside and are even a similar size (Williams 6’2, 210 lbs/ Hurns 6’3, 201 lbs). Even rookie Michael Gallup seems like he could push for a starting role in this offense as he is also an outside receiver with great length.
The bottom line here is that Williams will have a ton of competition during training camp and that may be a bit different than what he has seen in years prior. There was not a player competing with Dez Bryant for the top spot at receiver, now there are five players looking to get those additional targets.
Whether or not Williams is on the roster seems to rest on how much he stands out in training camp.