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Williams Credits Dez For Keeping The Focus After Drop


IRVING, Texas - When it comes to catches, Terrance Williams is barely on pace to exceed his rookie total of 45 last year.

When it comes to yards, Williams is also slightly ahead to surpass his 736 receiving total in 2013.

But touchdowns, that's a different story for Williams, who has already matched last year's total in just five games.

With another touchdown grab Sunday in a 20-17 win over Houston, Williams has five in five games, equaling the five he obtained in 16 games last season.

"Terrance really has become a good receiver for us," Tony Romo said. "He's starting to come into his own. I've always had confidence in his ability. I think you're seeing him understand things even better and he's gotten better every day."

Williams even got better in the middle of the day against Houston. The second-year receiver from Baylor had a costly dropped pass that either would've been a touchdown in the second quarter, or placed the ball at the Texans' 1, likely setting up a score. Instead, the drop forced the Cowboys to settle for a field goal just before halftime to take a 3-0 lead.

I had it in my mind that I had to make up for the last one," Williams admitted. "It's one of those things – if Tony throws the ball I'm coming down with it."

Romo dialed it up in the third quarter after he bought some time with a spin move to free himself from Texans' All-Pro J.J. Watt. Romo then slid to his left and heaved the ball to Williams, who was running with a defender near the goal line. Williams was able to secure the pass as he slammed to the ground, giving the Cowboys their first touchdown of the day and regaining the lead. [embedded_ad]

"When Tony throws the ball and it's just hanging in the air, you just can't panic," Williams said. "When he broke the tackle, I just had to find him a throw and I was able to come down with it.  I saw him rolling around and I just broke (the route) off."

Williams said the way he handles keeping his confidence up after such a big drop stems from Dez Bryant.

"To be honest, it's really Dez," he said. "I'm not trying to put him on the spot. If something bad happens with us, Dez does an outstanding job of making us clear our minds. As receivers, when you drop passes, it's so much happens when the ball is thrown to you again. He just comes to us and says 'worry about the next play.' I give him all the credit. (After the drop) I was heated but Dez pulled me to the side and said 'come on, man.' And I refused to let him down."

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