Cowboys WR coach Derek Dooley: Terrance Williams made “big jump” this offseason

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Dez Bryant went on Twitter Monday to confirm reports that he plans to hold out of training camp and is prepared to miss regular season games if he doesn’t get a long-term contract before Wednesday’s deadline for franchise tagged players to sign them.

The Cowboys haven’t seemed too worried about the possibility of Bryant following through on those threats at earlier points this offseason, but they’ll have to at least plan for the possibility that Bryant won’t be on the field when they face the Giants in Week One. A big part of those plans will be third-year wideout Terrance Williams, who caught 37 passes and eight touchdowns last year.

“He’s not only taken a tremendous leadership role in the group, really setting the example of how you do things, he’s expanded his route inventory,” wide receivers coach Derek Dooley said last month, via ESPNDallas.com. “He’s played X. He’s played Z. He’s played in the slot and every day he went out there and was the same player. Every route, every opportunity he had he took advantage of it. So he’s made a big jump this offseason.”

Williams would have to a giant leap to give the Cowboys what they’d lose without Bryant on the field and it’s unlikely the rest of the receiving corps could make the gains the team would need to keep the offense operating at the same level. With Bryant, though, an improved Williams will see plenty of advantageous matchups that Dallas can try to take advantage of this fall.

20 responses to “Cowboys WR coach Derek Dooley: Terrance Williams made “big jump” this offseason

  1. Terrence Williams is quite possibly the most underrated No. 2 in the league.

    Great hands, great routes, but the thing that sets him apart from most is his great work ethic.

    This guy will be in the league for a long time.

  2. sounds like they don’t need Dez then…cool…trade him to a team that will pay him then and get something back in return Jerry…

  3. medialovesthecowboys says:
    Jul 14, 2015 11:31 AM

    Terrence Williams is quite possibly the most underrated No. 2 in the league.

    Great hands, great routes, but the thing that sets him apart from most is his great work ethic.

    This guy will be in the league for a long time.

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    Yet he caught 2 or fewer passes in 12 out of 16 games last year? Maybe you’re overestimating his skills as a route runner.

  4. Dez will get paid, but if reports are true his reps are asking for $16 million a year for 8 years with 50 million guaranteed. Dez is great, but that is QB money. He has already turned down a 7 year $100 million deal. So let’s don’t act like the Cowboys aren’t trying to pay him. They just aren’t going to cripple themselves like the lions did with Calvin.

  5. Williams has excellent hands and feet, but he can get pushed around if you get your hands on him. He made a sweet catch on Sherman’s sideline against the ‘hawks last year and I saw him catch some others that were similar. I like him a lot, but I think he is always a complimentary receiver.

    This smells a lot like a “Dez, we don’t need no Dez” post from the Cowboys. Don’t be silly guys.

  6. I’m a diehard Cowboys fan but this nonsense is going to have a bad affect on the team as a whole. Just sign him and start focusing on the game. They let Murray go which was painful but probably the right thing to do. If Dez sits, does Jerry really think they can absorb two of the best offensive weapons they’ve had on a long time. No disrespect to Romo.

  7. Dez is an exceptional talent; however, when will RBs and receivers learn they are a dime a dozen in the NFL ( = Not For Long).

  8. Williams is faster than Bryant. He could be a #1.

    I wonder how many of those great contorted catches that Bryant makes are because he’s out of position on his route…. I had to make great catches on my comeback routes, but in some cases it was because I went too deep before breaking.

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