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Terrance Williams on game-ending gaffe: Man up and say you messed up

Terrance Williams is ready to move on from late-game blunder.
Terrance Williams is ready to move on from late-game blunder. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Terrance Williams became the whipping boy throughout social media for the Dallas Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.

Williams had a late-game blunder by staying in bounds on the final play instead of getting out of bounds, which would have given kicker Dan Bailey a 60-plus yard field goal attempt to win the game.

Coach Jason Garrett and Williams acknowledged he should have gotten out of bounds, and Williams received much ridicule from fans. But Williams is moving past it.

“I know what I did and y’all know what I did,” Williams said on Wednesday. “It’s just something that you have to man up and say you messed up. That’s what I’m doing.

“It really doesn’t bother me that people talk about me because they basically always find something to talk about me for. So that really don’t even bother me, it comes with the job.”

Williams said it is nice that teammates such as Jason Witten, Brandon Carr and Sean Lee have come to his defense, and nobody within the organization is putting too much blame on him.

Williams has learned to deal with scrutiny, too, since joining the Cowboys as a 2013 third-round pick out of Baylor.

Williams, for instance, has been dogged by questions about his ability to step up as a No. 1 receiver when Dez Bryant has been injured in recent years. He’s also gone through stretches where he doesn’t have a catch.

“It just comes with the job and I just learned to block people out,” said Williams, who finished with three catches for 34 yards in the season opener.

“It doesn’t matter to me. They’re not in here. They don’t know what kind of person I am, they don’t know how hard I work.

“It’s just one of those things, if you want to blame me, fine, but at the end of the day I’m still here, I’m still doing my job. If you feel like you can come take it, come take it.”

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