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Star Evaluation: Lacking TDs, Williams' Hands Still Most Consistent Among WRs
While free agency officially begins in March, roster turnover isn’t too far away. The Cowboys will indeed add and presumably release players, along with letting some go without a new contract.
However, the majority of the 2018 roster is already in place. In the coming weeks, the staff of DallasCowboys.com will preview those players, analyzing where they’ve been and where they’re going.
Today, we’ll continue the series with wide receiver Terrance Williams.Read
What’s Been Good:
Despite popular opinion, Williams proved to have the best catch percentage among all qualifying wide receivers for the Cowboys last year. Among the five receivers with at least nine targets, Williams was first on the team, hauling in 67.9 percent of his 78 targets, ahead of Brice Butler (65.2), Cole Beasley (57.1) and Dez Bryant (52.3).
What’s Been Bad:
He didn’t score a touchdown in 2017. While he’s not even the second, third or even fourth option down in the red zone, you’d like for a starting receiver to find the end zone a few times throughout the year, something he’s done throughout his career – totaling 20 TD catches in his career.
His only 100-yard game occurred in a home win over the Chiefs. Williams not only hauled in 135 yards, but set a new career-high with nine receptions. That proved to be a huge asset for the Cowboys’ offense that kept the Chiefs guessing all game in the eventual 28-17 win.
Williams just signed a new four-year deal last season so he’s expected to return in 2018, counting $4.75 million on the cap. There will be plenty of question marks regarding the receiver position, which now has a new position coach in Sanjay Lal. But Williams’ status doesn’t seem to be unchanged. The Cowboys will definitely want more consistency, especially in the second half of the season. After Williams’ 135-yard game in the eighth game, he totaled just 211 yards in the next eight games combined.
- Terrance Williams: Was surprised that club was able to get him back for the 2017 season.
- Was expecting to see him build on what he was able to accomplish the previous season but that wasn’t the case.
- Flash player at this point in his career.
- Is capable of having the big game like against the Chiefs then disappearing for long stretches of the season.
- Went the entire season without a touchdown receiving.
- Not all his fault but was involved in some horrible plays that resulted in turnovers.
- When open can make plays all day but when it comes to a contested ball it’s 50/50 whether he comes up with it.
- Can see the club working on trying to find a more consistent player in the draft for the position.