WR Terrance Williams, Free agent
HT: 6-2, WT: 208, Born: 9-18-1989, College: Baylor, Drafted: Round 3
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: J Reed (89), D Pitta (90), Terrance Williams (91), J Cutler (92), F Jackson (93)
Position: E Decker (86-WR33), R Wayne (87-WR34), Terrance Williams (91 - WR35), B Cooks (95-WR36), W Welker (98-WR37)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: C Kaepernick (83), K Rudolph (84), Terrance Williams (85), E Decker (86), R Wayne (87)
Position: S Watkins (81-WR33), W Welker (82-WR34), Terrance Williams (85 - WR35), E Decker (86-WR36), R Wayne (87-WR37)
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Terrance Williams did enough as a rookie to put the nail in Miles Austin's coffin. Williams is now unquestionably the starter opposite Dez Bryant, and as a result has the opportunity to ascend into every week fantasy relevance. The 6'2", 208 pounder provided Tony Romo with his best deep threat in years, averaging nearly 17 yards per reception and being a perfect 9-for-9 in throws of 20 yards or more downfield. It's perfectly normal to expect marked improvement in year two, particularly when a receiver plays regularly as a rookie. As long as Tony Romo is healthy after back surgery, Williams is a compelling mid-round fantasy breakout candidate.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - It was an up-and-down game for the rookie in his first NFL game. Williams started with his most glaring error, a miscommunication with Tony Romo on what appeared to be a red zone wide receiver screen. Williams headed down the field instead, resulting in an interception nearly returned by the Giants for a touchdown. After a reception in tight coverage during Dallasí two-minute drill in the first half, Williams had an easy drop. After gaining separation on a deep in-cut, Williams awkwardly jumped for the well-thrown pass as it bounced off his chest. The completion would have put Dallas into field goal range. In the second half, Williams dropped another in-breaking route before catching a wide open target over the middle for a big gain. With Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten drawing coverage ahead of Williams, he will continue to see advantageous coverage going forward. In his first game, Williams was not able to flourish in that role.
Week 2 - Williams rebounded from a mistake-filled first NFL game in Week 1 to have a positive impact against Kansas City. In addition to a reception in the red zone, Williams had his highlight catch up to this point in his career. On a go route, Williams created separation against man coverage down the sidelines and ended the reception with a perfect toe-tap after he was going out-of-bounds. With Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten drawing the coverage, Williams will have plenty of single coverage opportunities going forward.
Week 3 - As an ancillary weapon on the offense, Williams was mostly invisible as Dallas ran the ball at will against St.Louis. On his lone play of note, Williams drew a defensive pass interference penalty on a well-covered comeback route down the field.
Week 4 - With Miles Austin out against San Diego, it was Williamsí chance to make a big impact. Despite catching seven of eight targets and being consistent for a long stretch in the middle of the game, Williamsí mistakes were huge. On his first target, Tony Romoís pass clanged off Williamsí hands, stalling an early Dallas drive. Late in the game, Dallas was down by nine points but drove the length of field to setup Williamsí biggest play of the game. On a reception over the middle in the red zone, Williams stretches for the end zone after the catch. The ball was knocked out by a defender, which San Diego recovered on the play. The Dallas drive came up empty and effectively ended the game with three minutes to play. The rookie was noticeably upset on the sidelines with a towel over his face following the fumble. It was a career-high game in terms of production for Williams, but his late mistake was crippling for Dallasí comeback chances.
Week 5 - With Miles Austin out of the lineup, Terrance Williams stepped into the starting role against Denver. Williams has progressed nicely over the past month and this marked his best game to-date. Williams shielded a defender while coming back to the ball on an reception. His ability to beat single coverage was evident on a long catch just before the half to get Dallas into field goal range and again in the third quarter on a deep post route for a touchdown. Williams also added a late two-point conversion on a back-shoulder throw. He is a smooth accelerator in his routes and did not show any of his prior issues with drops in this game. Williams made the most of his limited targets en route to a breakout performance. With Miles Austin dealing with yet another hamstring issue, Williams will be on the field quite a bit in the coming weeks to build on this strong outing.
Week 6 - After a few rough games to open this season, Williams is developing quickly. Miles Austin was back from his hamstring injury, but Williams was the starter opposite Dez Bryant. Williams saw just three targets, but made the most of his opportunities. He came back to Romo on a hitch route, a savvy veteran move, to secure a reception. On the highlight play for the Dallas offense, Romo threw a perfect pass into the corner of the end zone as Williams got both feet in-bounds. Dallas controlled the game from that point on. In addition to his two receptions, Williams drew a defensive holding penalty on a target down the sidelines. Through six games Williams is one of the most efficient receivers in the league with 18 receptions on 21 targets. His role will be larger when Dallas needs to throw more than 30 times like this week against Washington.
Week 7 - Williams continues to build chemistry with Tony Romo and blossom with the starting receiver spot opposite of Dez Bryant. Williams showed strong foundation skills against the Eagles, like coming back to the football on hitch routes. He cut straight upfield to convert a first down after the catch as well as boxing out defenders when needed. Williams scored on a red zone slant route as the defensive back had soft coverage. It was pitch-and-catch for Romo and Williams to put the game away in the fourth quarter. The lone demerit for Williams this week was a dropped third down pass in tight coverage. He had both hands on the ball, but could not control it to the ground. The drop was a drive killer that kept Dallas out of field goal range around midfield.
Week 8 - Williams was active again as the starting outside receiver against Detroit. It was a game of missed opportunities for Williams; especially early on as Dallasí offense struggled to consistently move the ball. Williams had three deep targets early in the game, but two poor throws by Romo and Williams tripping on the other, left the box score empty. Williams beat single coverage on a deep post, but Romo was pressure, forcing a weak throw that did not reach Williams. Romo and Williams finally connected for a big play in the fourth quarter as Williams got early separation on a slant route. The throw was perfectly in stride, allowing Williams to split the secondary en route to a 60-yard catch-and-run score. With his fourth straight game with a touchdown, Williams set the Dallas team rookie record this week.
Week 9 - Williams saw seven targets, but it was a struggle to gain separation downfield to convert them into receptions. One deep pass was jarred loose by a big hit and another was jumped by a defensive back for an interception. Williams also dropped a pass in the final two minutes of the game as he turned up the field before securing the ball. After being efficient with his targets over the past month, Williams did little well against Minnesotaís struggling secondary. He did not beat single coverage, which he continues to get opposite of Dez Bryant. Williams had little chance to continue his touchdown streak this week without getting behind the defense on any targets or any red zone looks.
Week 10 - Dez Bryant drew the most coverage from New Orleans this week, but Williams was unable to shake free and take full advantage. The Cowboys were in catch-up mode for the entire second half, but Williams had just a single reception on the day. Williamsí reception came as he came wide open down the sidelines for an easy touchdown. It was the only drive of the game where Dallasí passing game had any rhythm. Williams could not come up with a low target over the middle, a tough play but one of his better opportunities for a second catch. Another deep target was tipped away by a defender at the last moment. Williams now has a touchdown in five of the last six games, despite just 17 receptions over that span. With a favorable set of passing matchups to close out the season following Dallasí Week 11 bye week, Williams is a strong candidate to see an uptick in his yardage totals going forward.
Week 12 - With Miles Austin in the lineup, Williams was nearly invisible against the Giants. Williams did not see a target in the first half, and did not make a reception until late in the third quarter. After a deep comeback route, Williams saw his best chance for an impact play. Against single coverage, Williams saw a sideline target down the field. He was unable to make the play in traffic, which could have turned into a touchdown after the catch. Williamsí role was greatly reduced from games when Miles Austin was out as it appears to be a platoon situation in terms of targets opposite of Dez Bryant.
Week 13 - Williams had his third straight game with less than 25 receiving yards with a healthy Miles Austin back in the mix. This week was no different against Oakland as Williams struggled to convert his deeper high-leverage targets he did earlier in the season. On the opening kickoff Williams lost a fumble, digging a hole for Dallas right off the bat. While Williams was well-covered down the field, he did make two vital third down receptions to move the chains. Both against tight coverage, Williams made contested catches and held on through post-reception contact.
Week 14 - Williams was efficient on his limited targets against Chicago and nearly scored a touchdown in the closing moments of the blowout loss. On an in-breaking route with seconds to play, Williams was tackled at the goal line and marked short of the touchdown. A contested comeback route on a key third down was Williamsí missed opportunity in the game, stalling a Dallas drive. Williamsí snaps were again suppressed with Miles Austin seeing the majority of snaps in two-receiver sets.
Week 15 - Williams had a small role in the Dallas offense against the Packers as Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray all saw more targets. Williams showed good field vision on those receptions after-the-catch, finding open areas for additional yardage. On his best opportunity for a touchdown, Williams was well-covered on a red zone slant route and the pass was tipped away.
Week 16 - After a quiet first half, seeing just a single target, Williams was a key cog in Dallasí fourth quarter comeback win in Washington. Williams caught three straight passes, one a diving comeback route on a low throw, and another breaking free deep as Tony Romo escaped the pocket. The defensive back slipped as Williams turned up the field, allowing Williams the easy catch and run into the red zone with two minutes to play.
Week 17 - Williams split time with Miles Austin as the secondary receiver and saw only two targets, both deep down the field. One was a clutch throw by Kyle Orton on third-and-long as Dallas trailed 10-0 early in the game. Williams got free down the seam for a huge gain. Later in the game Williams got open on a deep post route, but Ortonís throw was uncatchable. Williams flashed when he had the starting role earlier in the season and is a player to watch if Miles Austin is cut in the offseason.