Oct 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) makes a reception against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of a 26-20 Dallas victory at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The thing that should encourage fans about Williams is that he does a number of other things to help this team win. Coaches, players, and fans have taken notice of his effort as a blocking wide receiver. Many would consider Terrance our best blocking wide out. This is not a fun or sexy part of being a wide receiver, but it says a lot that Williams has taken it upon himself to do so.
While Williams does appear to be getting aggravated by the critics, he doesn’t seem upset about his diminished production. It is important that he keeps a positive attitude down the stretch, where I am almost positive Romo will try to get him going again.
Williams is a good player. He has shown that over his body of work in his 27 games in the league. Since entering the league in 2013 as a third round pick, Williams has recorded 72 receptions for 1,180 yards and 11 touchdowns. It is my guess that he will bounce back and put his print of these last five games
But Williams will never be a possession wide receiver type. In this offense, he needs to remain that deep threat. The young recevier hasn’t delivered the past three weeks, but defenses still have to account for that threat. There have been games this season where it looked like Williams was going to turn in a mediocre game. However, the game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week Six proved that wrong. His stat line of two receptions and 70 yards was uninspiring.
However, if you look at those two catches Williams made at those critical points, and you would realize how important he was to that upset in Seattle. His first catch was a long reception down the right sideline after the Seahawks had just scored and looked to be grabbing the momentum. I think we all remember Williams’ next catch in that game. A third and 20 with time winding down, and the dream of knocking off the world champs in their backyard looking bleak.
When defensive end Bruce Irvin beat Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith, the game looked over. Romo put his world famous spin move and Irvin–like so many times before– he immediately looked for Williams. The two have a truly special bond, reminiscent of Laurent Robinson, when a play breaks down. We saw it against the Houston Texans and in the first matchup against the Giants this season.
Once Romo spins out of pressure, he trusts that Williams will get open. The wide out’s toe-tapping masterpiece against Seattle was the back breaker. A few plays later, Murray was dragging Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman into the endzone for the game winner. Williams’ play was special that day.
For the remainder of the season, Williams doesn’t need to be anything than himself. Take the top of a defense, block for your stud running back, and make those timely plays when your number is called.
The Cowboys are sitting pretty and primed for a playoff run for the first time in five seasons. And regardless of the numbers, or lack thereof, Terrance Williams is one of the biggest reasons the Dallas Cowboys are at 8-3.
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