Terrance Williams welcomes the challenge of filling in for Dez Bryant, promising this year won’t be last year when he was cast in the same position.
Williams said he does not look at Bryant’s absence – however long that is – as more pressure on him.
“If you think about it that way, then a lot of bad stuff can happen,” Williams said Thursday. “That’s kind of what I did last year. Now, I’ve got to continue to keep playing the game that I play and keep being the person that coach [Jason] Garrett and coach Scott [Linehan] brought me here for. I can’t say much, but I did learn from the experience that I did have last year. So what I can tell you is it’s going to be different than what you saw from me last year.”
During Bryant’s seven-game absence last season, Cowboys quarterbacks targeted Williams 51 times. He caught 25 passes for 468 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his damage was done in the season finale against the Redskins, who pulled most of their starters in the second half, when he caught eight passes for 173 yards.
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Bryant has a hairline fracture of the tibia in his right knee and could miss up to three weeks, according to sources, although the Cowboys have not ruled out their All-Pro receiver this week.
“It’s just one of those things that you’ve got to just be ready to play,” Williams said. “You can’t go into a game talking about it, saying what you’re going to do. This same thing happened last year, and it’s just something now you’ve got to show up and be ready to play. That’s something I’m gearing myself up to do.”
Backup quarterback Dak Prescott has targeted Williams eight times this season. The former Baylor star has seven catches for 122 yards. But he also has a lost fumble, and he failed to get out of bounds to stop the clock on the final play in the season opener against the Giants.
The Cowboys, though, have had Williams’ back, something Williams appreciates. But he wants to atone for his mistakes.
“I just think besides the two major mistakes I had, I think I’ve been doing a good job,” Williams said. “Whenever you have been in this position before, you learn from the mistakes that you did last year, and it’s like now you’ve got to just show up and lead by example rather than just talking about it. You’ve got to just go out there and do it.”