Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams has turned himself into a viable fantasy play whenever Miles Austin is out, and, more importantly, he also has the Cowboys excited about what the future could bring for the Baylor Bears product. Williams came into the season regarded as an extremely raw rookie receiver and detractors dubbed him as a “one-trick pony”. That one trick, insane vertical speed, has done wonders for Williams thus far, and he looked excellent in yesterday afternoon’s narrow loss to the Denver Broncos. The feeling was that if Williams was able to break open deep, then he would have a big game; that’s exactly what he was able to do.
Make no mistake, Terrance Williams clearly isn’t a polished player. However, he looked fantastic against the Broncos, and the Broncos have some really good corners back there even with Champ Bailey out. All Williams needed was four targets from star QB Tony Romo, and he turned those four passes into four completions for a whopping 151 yards. That 82-yard touchdown was a thing of beauty, and Williams is able to bring the deep threat, playmaking ability that this Cowboys team sorely needed. Dez Bryant is the bona fide No. 1 wideout who is excellent at everything, Jason Witten is the stud TE, Miles Austin is the solid chain-mover, and Williams provides the spark.
The mental errors were not present yesterday, but the bountiful speed was. Williams still needs to improve his route-running and could always get better hands, but the latter seems to be improving significantly. More importantly, Williams is showing the ability to get open deep effectively against difficult matchups, and the Cowboys have to be extremely encouraged by that.
Count TE Jason Witten as one big believer in Terrance Williams. Here’s what he said about Williams, via ESPN Dallas, “He’s a starter in the National Football League. I don’t look at him as filling in. There wasn’t a tougher guy on him going into training camp than me, more critical. That was because you knew he had a chance to be a good player. He’s got speed, he can catch, the game’s not too big. It’s just great to see him mature the way he has.
“I’m really proud of him. He doesn’t play like a rookie, which is a compliment. The maturity level he has to put that one behind him and move on, you usually don’t see that in young players. He doesn’t back down from it.”