The Dallas Cowboys may have the most dynamic receiving duo in the NFL this year, with the continued development of second-year wide receiver Terrance Williams. While Dez Bryant was already expected to perform like a top-five NFL playmaker, Cowboys fans were unprepared for the late season production of Williams, a rookie third-round draft pick from Baylor.
Although many analysts had Williams pegged as a late first-round talent in the 2013 NFL Draft, he somehow slipped to the No. 74 overall selection, much to the Cowboys delight. Unfortunately, he struggled in his first offseason, showing inconsistency in his route-running as well as a few dropped passes. Yet, the former Baylor Bears’ standout stayed the course, and by midseason, he had become a legitimate threat in Big D.
In fact, Williams went on to post an impressive 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns when all was said and done. Of course, no one in Dallas is going to anoint Williams as elite just yet. He will need to continue working on his consistency as a route-runner, as well as living in the gym to become as explosive as his 6-foot-2 frame will allow.
However, the Cowboys organization believes that this is the year their offense can really put it all together. If their intuition is true, that means Williams can step into the No. 2 role for Dallas, giving quarterback Tony Romo a plethora of receiving options that would include Bryant, Williams, slot receiver Dwayne Harris, All-Pro tight end Jason Witten and his heir-apparent Gavin Escobar.
Not to mention a backfield that is stock-piled with talent capable of making an impact in the receiving game. Both starter DeMarco Murray and potential backup Joseph Randle come equipped with reliable hands and experience as receivers. Even the Cowboys talented swing-man Lance Dunbar can be an explosive receiving threat out of the backfield.
This is why Williams’ development as a vertical threat is so important to the Cowboys offense. If he can stretch the field with any consistency in 2014, it would effectively open up opportunities for every other skill-position player in Dallas, not to mention he could give some much needed relief to the often double-teamed Bryant.
By all indications this season, Williams is doing everything he can to live up to his ridiculous potential. He looks bigger and quicker than last year, not to mention the fact that he appears far more comfortable in Cowboys OTA’s so far.
While no one will argue the fact that the defense in Dallas is less than formidable at the moment, their offense has proven capable of scoring with the best of them. At the center of it all will be Williams’ ability to take advantage of the one-on-one opportunities he is bound to encounter this year, playing opposite All-Pro wide receiver Bryant.
Also, see the Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp Profile on TE Gavin Escobar here.