With Dez Bryant sitting out the team’s organized team activities while seeking a long-term contract, Terrance Williams has found himself in the feature receiver role. The Cowboys expect Bryant back for training camp, but his absence has benefited Williams, forcing him to step up and do more.
“Terrance has just been great,” receivers coach Derek Dooley said. “I think he’s been able to really inspire more confidence in the quarterbacks and develop more of a rapport with the quarterbacks. So it’s been certainly a great opportunity for him, and he’s taking advantage of it.”
The Cowboys rave about Williams’ work, saying the third-year receiver is having one of the best offseasons of any player.
“Terrance has had one of the best offseasons I’ve seen in a while,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “So I’m very excited about his approach, the way that he’s played up to this point in the offseason. He’s just improved, and I’m excited about that development.”
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Williams has caught 81 passes for 1,357 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons. He has better numbers than Alvin Harper had in his first two seasons after the Cowboys made him a first-round pick in 1991 as a complementary player to go with Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jay Novacek.
“It goes back to conversations we had with [Baylor coach] Art Briles prior to drafting him, and he was so adamant about the kid Terrance Williams is,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Serious minded. Will always benefit from the experience, he’ll learn from it – both the good experiences and the negative experiences. He’ll take coaching. He’s a determined guy, and you see that every day. That’s why he’s had the success up to this point in his career. He listens. He wants to get better. And he’s certainly done that this offseason.
“He’s setting the pace for our offense in so many ways. Just watch him practice. He finishes everything. He’s 40, 50 yards down the field after a catch, simulating as if he’s running in for a touchdown. He runs back. He’s in the next play and going. The best receivers, the best players I’ve been around do that. They take that approach and Terrance has really done a heck of a job.”
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