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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones compares Terrance Williams to Leon Lett

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams breaks free after a catch in the third quarter, but would fumble before the play was over.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams breaks free after a catch in the third quarter, but would fumble before the play was over. kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

Terrance Williams can’t seem to get in good graces with the Dallas Cowboys fans.

He has had a head-scratching start to the season three games into it. In the opener, he infamously stayed in bounds instead of stepping out of bounds in the final seconds, preventing the Cowboys from a chance to try what would have been a game-winning field goal.

He had no targets in the second game at Washington, and then he fumbled the ball away on the opening drive of the second half on a 47-yard completion last Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Talk about a forgettable three weeks for the Baylor product. Owner Jerry Jones has a little bit of empathy for Williams, though.

“I think you’ve got to look at how Terrance has played throughout his career and give him some benefit of the doubt,” Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. “The team unquestionably does. He’s really one of the favorites of all of his teammates because he works as hard as he does. And these two things back-to-back are uncommon.”

Jones went on to compare Williams to former Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett, who is best remembered for two infamous plays.

Lett should have had a fumble return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXVII, but had it stripped away by Don Beebe just before the goal line. In the 1993 Thanksgiving game, Lett slipped on ice while trying to recover a blocked field goal. That gave the Dolphins new life and they went on to win the game.

“But [those plays] was not what Leon Lett was about. Leon Lett was a great football player and a very meaningful part of our Super Bowls,” Jones said. “[Those plays] shouldn’t, and it’s very visible, but that shouldn’t be the future of their career because in both cases they’re both a lot better players than that.”

Criticism is nothing new for Williams sine he joined the Cowboys as a third-round pick in 2013. He has flashed his speed and potential, averaging more than 16 yards a catch in his career, but has become more known for what he hasn’t done.

Williams has gone through stretches without catches in multiple games and has been ripped by fans for not producing more during games in which Dez Bryant is sidelined.

This forgettable start to 2016 only furthers that narrative, right or wrong.

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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