Cowboys fans quickly forgot about the downward spiral of Miles Austin once rookie wideout Terrance Williams hit the scene. He showed terrific flashes during his rookie year, finishing with 44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns. His role should only expand in year numbers two, and all signs are pointing towards a breakout campaign for the Cowboys’ pass-catcher.
Williams is the sole number two receiver in Dallas with Austin officially gone. And, more importantly, it’s his second season. When ESPN looked back at the 57 wideouts to ever post 1,200 fantasy points, they noticed that the largest jumps occur in year number two, seeing an average of 65 percent fantasy point uptick from their rookie year. Just look at what guys like Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Michael Floyd did in their sophomore years in 2013. Also, Williams is in an ideal offense. A Dallas team that already liked passing the ball now brings in Scott Linehan as their offensive coordinator, a guy who led the Lions to the 6th, 3rd, 1st, 1st and 5th-most pass attempts during his five years in Detroit. Volume and talent is good, folks.
Obviously, Williams will have to compete for targets. With Dez Bryant on the outside, Mr. Reliable, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray all warranting a ton of looks, Williams may be the third or fourth option in the passing game, which could spell some inconsistent production at times. Also, it is worth noting that despite the huge passing volume, number two wideouts don’t have a great track record under Linehan, though, Detroit never really had a serviceable guy opposite Calvin Johnson.
I am very bullish on Williams because I like the talent, the offense, the quarterback, and I’m also a firm believer in the second-year wide receiver breakout theory. He is going to be a guy with large upside that you can probably draft as your fourth wide receiver, who has larger potential. I currently have him ranked as a top-25 wideout, so he’s huge on my board.
Bye Week: 11
Projected Round: 9th
Auction Value: $4 (via ESPN).