Grading the Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers

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Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley (14) catches a pass as cornerback Mario Butler (31) defends at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

That takes us to the guy who filled in as the legit #2 in 2013. For that we turn to 3rd round rookie, Terrance Williams. Let me let you in on a little secret here. This is a guy I really wanted Dallas to take and I had him as a 2nd round pick. When we passed on him in the 2nd I was sick. When we got him in the 3rd I was thrilled. He did not disappoint at all in my book.

His play coupled with Austin’s lack of it no doubt has pushed Miles out the door and this kid into the #2 spot in Dallas unless they draft some stud in the 1st or 2nd round in May. In Williams we almost had the production I mentioned from Alvin Harper as the number 2 guy opposite a star. Williams, a rookie with room to grow, snagged 44 passes for 736 yards and 5 scores. He even filled in a little as a Kick Returner when Dwayne Harris was hurt. He did a respectable job taking 6 kicks back for 132 yards. The key here is the phrase “room to grow.”

In Williams we nearly found a receiver that Tony Romo looks for like he did for Laurent Robinson in 2011. Add a little seasoning to his game and he very well could be the ultimate compliment #2 WR. The biggest gripe you can come up with about him might be the fumble against the San Diego Chargers that ended a possible comeback engineered by Tony Romo. He had the team moving and time on the clock to maybe make it interesting. To his credit, Williams was merely trying to help the team when he lost the football, fighting for every last yard. He learned that discretion is the better part of valor. Go down, and preserve possession for your QB.

While I absolutely think the Cowboys need to Draft a WR to fill the hole Miles Austin’s waiver would create, due to the contributions of Williams, I am not so sure it needs to be an early pick. Do not get me wrong, if Marquis Lee or Mike Evans fall to us and we take either of them I will probably be thrilled, but that should not be our focus in 2014. Williams is a huge reason why it shouldn’t. For 2013 I give the rookie a B+. He could have earned an A if that fumble hadn’t happened.

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  • SmartThinking

    Ditto on Beasley. Ditto x2 on Harris. A true bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Dallas.

    Not so fast on Williams. His rookie blunders cost Dallas points and one game. In my view, he didn’t know his play book, but I wasn’t there. Can he improve? I sure hope so. I’m getting tired of watching this team draft players, cut them and then have those guys beat us with other teams.

    I will forever disagree with you re: Bryant’s sideline tirade, pep talk or not. It sent the wrong message and it looked unprofessional. Landry would have never allowed that kind of demonstration for any reason, positive or not.

    But. All season I watched the guy get double and triple teamed, in near hand to hand combat on every single play, fight his way clear and make some eye- popping catches. If his supporting cast had cut him a break and worked harder, Bryant could possibly have added 6 more TD’s to his total. He’s a beast and he’s coming into his own as a player right about now.

    I disagree that we need to draft another high WR. If this team’s philosophy is to transition into a two TE team, then we should be set at both positions. Besides, emphasis needs to be placed with every one of our seven selections at cementing the foundation, i.e., OG and defensive line/Safety.

  • Earl Robertson

    They need to use Harris more he can make things happen! Don’t understand why they cut Jesse Holly after one season? Every time he was in the game he made plays!

  • revellyre

    Great article. I’m a little tougher on the rookie but he still earned a B, regardless. I also see a need in bringing in another speed demon WR who can shock and awe CBs with 4.3 afterburners all game long. Whether that’s in the draft, UDFA, or a vet, IDC. This will take pressure off Dez and open up the rest of the offense, especially the running game.