Seven Cowboys Who Need To Make 'The Leap'

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October 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) celebrates a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Pittenger

7. Terrance Williams – WR

Dallas got everything they could have hoped for and more from the rookie third round selection in last year’s draft. Williams grabbed 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns, starting half of his games as a Cowboy in 2013. With the almost certain release of Miles Austin this summer, Williams needs to step up his game even more and be the guy that makes teams consistently pay for the double teams Dez Bryant is guaranteed to encounter on a weekly basis. If Terrance Williams can be the Alshon Jeffrey to Dez’s Brandon Marshall, this Cowboys offense could be something special next season.

6. J.J. Wilcox – S

We all know the Cowboys secondary got torched time after time last season. For the majority of the season, Dallas started either an undrafted free agent (Jeff Heath) or a rookie from a Division I FCS school that has produced less NFL players in its history than Alabama gets in one draft along side Barry Church at safety. Needless to say, J.J. Wilcox was probably thrown into the fire a bit prematurely and was not ready to be a starter in this league. While it is likely that the Cowboys draft another safety in the first two rounds of the draft, Wilcox can still be a value to this team. The NFL is a passing league now and depth is more important than ever in the defensive backfield. It is time that the Cowboys stop hoping for a miracle in regards to ever seeing a healthy Matt Johnson.  An improved Wilcox would certainly provided Dallas with a viable option to a revamped defense in 2014.

5. Gavin Escobar – TE

Another rookie from last year’s draft class, Escobar may have been the biggest disappointment of all. In the never-ending quest to pair a tight end next to future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, the Cowboys fell in love with Escobar’s potential as a sticks moving pass catcher and red zone nightmare for defenses with his 6’6” frame. Unfortunately, Escobar only caught nine balls all year. If Terrance Williams is unable to improve and maintains his production, the Cowboys will need Escobar to make larger strides to becoming a threat that Tony Romo can rely upon in short to mid range situations. Dallas has been trying to deploy two lethal pass catching options from the tight end position for years now. If Escobar can finally be the one to accomplish this goal, there is no limit to the levels this passing attack could reach.

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