Wide receiver Terrance Williams had a good rookie season last year for the Dallas Cowboys. He hauled in 44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns. Many people expect him to improve on those numbers and be a bigger, more consistent part of the offense. I think he’s ready to make those strides and will break out in 2014.
Williams was a deep threat last season despite lacking elite speed. When he gets moving he’s difficult to bring down. He averaged 16.7 yards per catch, which was good enough for seventh highest in the NFL last season. He does have to improve on his consistency though. He logged two receptions or fewer in nine games last year, and he must improve in that area. He’s still not going to be the focal point of the offense, but he will certainly get his opportunities.
Williams comes back to the ball extremely well. I expect him to be used more frequently on shorter routes as well. He will still get his deep looks, but this is a chance for him to show his full skillset. He doesn’t have to be amazing, because he has Dez Bryant on the other side commanding lots of respect. Bryant is the playmaker that will allow Williams to develop and ease into his upward progression.
Williams just has to make the right plays and help his team. Jason Witten, Devin Street, Cole Beasley and Gavin Escobar will get their looks, but Williams is the solid No. 2 receiver. I look for him to put up 68 receptions, 1,100 yards and five touchdowns. If he can manage those numbers, it will help Tony Romo, Bryant and the whole offense.
Growth usually happens at the WR position in the second year. Williams didn’t shy away from making big plays last season and I don’t expect him to regress. Look for him to break out in 2014.