Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams had “good confidence” in OTA’s and minicamps earlier this off-season. The third round draft pick from Baylor walks the line between confidence and humility going into training camp later this month in Oxnard, California.
“I just got to continue to get better with learning the playbook and running full speed, playing full speed to the best of my ability,” Williams said Wednesday night before judging the second annual pre-Independence Day Swimsuit Contest at Draft Picks, an uptown Dallas establishment.
Although one cannot confirm or deny Williams has been at home in his man cave ruminating on the things veteran leadership gave him during OTA’s, the possibility shouldn’t be discounted.
Terrance Williams catches a pass in OTA’s — Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports
According to Williams, veteran receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin have been “the #1 and 2 people” that have helped out the 2012 All-American.
“They been watching me day one since I been here and they been telling me stuff that can better myself in different ways and be more effective,” said Williams. “The stuff that they tell me I pay special attention to.”
Another veteran who has taken special interest in the former All-Big 12 first-teamer is quarterback Tony Romo, who Williams said was, “like a coach the whole time” during OTA’s.
“He was just basically there the whole time, but just wasn’t throwing the ball,” Williams spoke. “That helped out a lot. The stuff he told me really benefited me and I can help myself out.”
Having a successful third wide receiver has become almost a utopian ideal since Laurent Robinson caught 54 passes for 858 and led the team with 11 touchdowns. Seen as the heir apparent due to his third-round placement in the draft, Williams must face real competition from third-year receiver Dwayne Harris and slam-dunking sensation Cole Beasley.
Nonetheless, Williams remains modest and hard-working. If nothing else, those traits should help him find a spot in Oxnard among Jason Garrett’s team of “right kind of guys.”
Cowboys fans shouldn’t worry about Terrance’s judging swimsuit contests; he’s not moonlighting as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader talent scout. It’s Terrance’s way of, “finally getting out of the house doing something.” Joining Williams at Draft Picks were Dallas natives gone division foes: wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe of the Washington Redskins and rookie defensive end Damontre Moore of the New York Giants. Each of the three players had an ice water, but nothing chilly to say about their NFC East rivals; only positives about their own clubs.
For Damontre Moore, the Giants’ third-rounder out of Texas A&M, he’s thankful just to be drafted, even though he was shocked to be a New York Football Giant.
“I grew up a Dallas fan and, you know, I always watched the Giants,” Moore said Wednesday night at Draft Picks. “Those were always the guys beating Dallas, and I like, I didn’t like them. Now, that I’m on that side, I can be with the winning team.”
2012’s winning team in the NFC East were the Washington Redskins, who made an early playoff exit. Washington receiver Dezmon Briscoe says the team has been anticipating the off-season workouts since their wild card loss to Seattle.
“Looking at the team as a whole, it don’t even look like we won the division last year,” said the fourth-year receiver out of Kansas. “They’re still hungry. They still want more. Our goal was to win the division, but now I know it’s past that now. We got to look forward to win the division, now win a playoff game.”
These three sons of Dallas, scattered across the NFC East, will meet again during the regular season. Moore’s Giants faced the Cowboys on Opening Night, and Briscoe’s Redskins face the Cowboys in another Sunday night game on October 13th. Both initial encounters are in Dallas, where 2011 Biletnikoff finalst Terrance Williams feels like he never left home.