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Terrance Williams can’t wait for Dez Bryant’s return to the Cowboys

Terrance Williams, shown against the Lions, misses Dez Bryant at the off-season workouts but knows the All-Pro will return ready.
Terrance Williams, shown against the Lions, misses Dez Bryant at the off-season workouts but knows the All-Pro will return ready. Star-Telegram

Terrance Williams still talks to Dez Bryant a few times a week. The Cowboys starting receivers have visited a few times this off-season.

But Williams admits he misses having Bryant at the team’s voluntary off-season workouts.

“We’re still going through a little process, but I mean Dez is great,” Williams said at the team’s Home Run Derby on Tuesday. “…Dez wants to be back. We know that and he knows that, and whenever he comes back, he’s back in the family.”

Bryant hasn’t signed the $12.8 million franchise tag tender, hoping for a long-term deal with the Cowboys before the July 15 deadline. So the All-Pro receiver is working out his own while his teammates go through their off-season program at Valley Ranch.

But the Cowboys are confident that when Bryant does return, he’ll be ready to play.

“The times he did come, he looked like he was ready to go,” Williams said. “I guess whenever he decides to come back, we’re just going to pick up where we left off at.”

Williams has stepped up in Bryant’s absence, and while he hopes to have Bryant back sooner rather than later, it could be training camp before the team’s leading wideout returns.

“That’s not something that I’m hoping happens,” Williams said, “but if it does happen, then that’s why coach [Jason] Garrett and my coaches did a great job telling me not to worry about what’s going on, but just focusing on ways that I can get better and help my team.”

Williams finished last season with a 16.8 yards per catch average and eight touchdowns.

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