Dallas Cowboys

Terrance Williams: I haven’t disappeared

Terrance Williams has seen the rumblings from fans on social media that he has fallen off the map.

The second-year receiver out of Baylor 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 TD catches through seven weeks.

But Williams 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.

“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 went on to say that he didn’t understand seeing a few fans criticize his effort on an interception Romo threw midway through the third quarter last Thursday against the Eagles. The ball was thrown well behind him and he 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.”

For now, though, Williams is ready to move past that and the questions about his productiveness. 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.”