Terrance Williams Could Be Added Weapon to Dallas Cowboys' Offense

By Jake Carapella
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When the Dallas Cowboys selected Terrance Williams with their third-round pick in the NFL draft this past spring, it was viewed as somewhat as a surprise pick, and with good reason.

The team already has an emerging star — if he isn’t at that level already — in Dez Bryant, a two-time Pro Bowler in Miles Austin, and Dwayne Harris, who came on last season as a deep threat in the slot and a threat in the return game as well.

But Williams, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound rookie out of Baylor whom people thought shouldn’t have fell to the third round, could prove as an added weapon to already potent offense that also boasts running back DeMarco Murray and one of the game’s greatest tight ends in Jason Witten.

Williams certainly has the size to be a very nice piece to the passing game, especially given the fact that he will play primarily in the slot going up against single coverage. In the NFL, slot receivers are more usually the smaller and quicker types, with the ability to run underneath routes and also get behind the safeties down the field. Williams is kind of an anomaly in that sense with a body type more befitting of a typical no. 1 receiver.

One of the weaknesses for Williams at this point though, as noted by Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com, is his inability at times to get off of press coverage, not being able to break away down the field. That inability for some rookie receivers, however, could be attributed to the natural adjustment going from facing college level defensive backs to facing professional defensive backs, and in situations where the game is much faster.

It is very early on in training camp, and Williams still has the rest of camp plus the preseason to get his feet wet in the NFL game. After all, this was a guy that led the entire country in receiving last year with Baylor.

If he can get in his groove, get used to the speed of this league and be able to consistently get off of press coverage,  he will be a very nice weapon for Tony Romo this season.

Jake Carapella is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JKCSports1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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