Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Cowboys' rookie WR could surprise
By Tom Carpenter
The Dallas Cowboys took Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams in the third round with the 74th overall pick. Since the Cowboys already have veterans Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten as pass-catching options, drafting Williams may have been seen as a simple matter of adding depth. However, ESPNDallas.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor thinks that Williams should quickly slide into the No. 3 WR role ahead of Dwayne Harris.
If Williams lives up to expectations, he could even alter Austin's role this season:
Jean-Jacques TaylorWR will give offense many options
"No longer will the Cowboys be held hostage by Austin's hamstrings because if he can't play, Williams will take his spot and the Cowboys will still have a viable weapon on the outside. And if Austin is healthy, Williams' presence will allow him to operate in the slot, when the Cowboys use formations with three receivers. So don't look at Williams as just a third receiver because he's more than that. He's an insurance policy who ensures the offense won't take a significant step backward just because Austin's hamstrings are bothering him yet again. But he will also bring some juice to the Cowboys' offense. With Dez Bryant, Austin and Jason Witten on the field, the Cowboys' third receiver is almost always going to draw single coverage."