Terrance Williams has seen fans’ rumblings, questioning his production on social media.
The second-year receiver has combined to catch five passes for 75 yards the past four games, with no touchdowns. It’s been a steep drop in production from his early season games when he became a red-zone favorite of Tony Romo’s, with six touchdown catches through seven weeks.
But the Baylor product brushed off any notion that his confidence might be shaken or he might be unhappy with the number of looks he’s getting as the team’s No. 2 receiver.
Romo has targeted him 15 times the past four games.
“My confidence is fine,” Williams said. “People make it seem like I’ve disappeared from the thing, but I haven’t. We’ve just been spreading the ball around well.
“There’s no reason for me to complain. I’ve been a team player my whole life. To trade in my stats now for wins? That’s fine with me. It’s cool. There’ll be times later on down the road where Tony needs to throw me the ball more, and my numbers will pick up. Until then, I’m just going to keep doing my job.”
Williams said that he didn’t understand being criticized for his effort on an interception Romo threw midway through the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. The ball was thrown behind him on a comeback route, according to coach Jason Garrett, and Williams didn’t see it until it was in the defender’s hands.
“People said I left [Romo] out to dry, but it’s one of those things where I’m fully facing the sidelines and expect the ball, not to be perfect, but in a certain location,” said Williams, who is playing with a splint on his broken left index finger.
“It got on me too quick, and I didn’t really see it until it passed me. If I would’ve known where the ball was there, I would’ve at least put my hands in the air.”
Williams is ready to move past that. The coaching staff has no issues with his play of late because the numbers, after all, don’t tell the full story on a receiver’s contributions.
“He’s playing very consistent football for us away from the ball,” play-caller Scott Linehan said. “He hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, but it’s not because he’s not doing the right things or putting himself in position. Terrance has done a great job of accepting his role and playing extremely hard for us.”
Crawford gets sack
It took 27 games, far more than Tyrone Crawford ever believed it would, for him to get his first sack. He has vowed that his second won’t take as long.
“I definitely didn’t expect it to take that long, and I don’t expect it take that long to get more,” said Crawford, who had 13.5 sacks in his two-year career at Boise State.
The third-year defensive lineman had taken flak from his teammates about his lack of sacks. He had been all around the quarterback, though, with 22 pressures before his sack against Mark Sanchez last week.
“It felt good. It felt really good,” Crawford said. “It felt like a big weight off my back.”
The Cowboys have only 19 sacks as a team this season. Henry Melton leads with five.
Quarterback Tony Romo (back) and left tackle Tyron Smith (illness) returned to practice Monday. Only safety Jeff Heath (thumb), cornerback Tyler Patmon (knee/ankle) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (hamstring) missed practice. Defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence (chest) and George Selvie (thumb) were limited.
Cornerback Brandon Carr likely would be the first to tell you this hasn’t been his best season. He has no interceptions and seven pass breakups, and according to STATS, he has allowed 34 receptions and four touchdowns.
The Cowboys signed Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal in 2012, expecting Pro Bowl-type play. But in 44 games with the Cowboys, Carr has 35 pass breakups and six interceptions.
Still, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli defended Carr’s play this season.
“He’s been solid, it seems like,” Marinelli said. “Once and awhile, we have given up a few as all of us, and sometimes it’s the rush. Sometimes the guys hold the ball too long. But overall, for all us, we’ve just got to get better.”
Practice squad moves
The Cowboys signed linebacker Will Smith to their practice squad. The team released wide receiver Kerry Taylor from its practice squad and signed wide receiver Chris Boyd to the practice squad.