The Dallas Cowboys have turned over a large chunk of their roster since the 2017 season ended, but no position has been impacted more than wide receiver. Dez Bryant, Ryan Switzer and Brice Butler are gone. Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin are in. Notice that the math there is somewhat skewed. More players came in than left. Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report has a fix for that. He listed one player on each NFL team that is on the hot seat, and pegged Williams as that player for the Cowboys.
“Sixth-year veteran Terrance Williams suffered a broken foot during the offseason, but head coach Jason Garrett expects him to participate in training camp, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. With quarterback Dak Prescott under center, Williams hasn’t eclipsed 600 receiving yards in a season. He finished the 2017 campaign without a touchdown. The newcomers at wide receiver could prove to be better fits for a passing attack in transition, and Williams could lose his starting spot before Week 1.”
Williams has bigger issues than just his foot. His Lamborghini crashed into a light pole in May, and he hasn’t exactly provided a clear story on what happened that night. The last thing that the Cowboys need is another off-field distraction. Last season’s drama with Ezekiel Elliott combined with a series of suspensions early in the season played a big role in torpedoing the team’s playoff hopes. David Irving has already been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season, and he is frankly more important to the team than Williams is. In fact, it isn’t fully clear what Williams’ role is going to be next season.
Allen Hurns is going to be a starter. That is what he signed on for, and the Cowboys wouldn’t have bothered with him as a role player. They also picked Michael Gallup in the third round, and clearly have high hopes for him. That doesn’t mean he is going to come into training camp as a starter, but it probably gives him a tiebreaker over Williams if he does prove ready. It’s not as if Williams has lit the world on fire in recent years. His 840 receiving yards in 2015 fell to 568 last season. He never caught more than 53 balls. Williams is the epitome of filler. He is a receiver who can start and play average football if given the opportunity, but no longer holds any upside.
But the rest of the Dallas receivers actually do have upside. If Hurns and Gallup are starting on the outside, and Cole Beasley is the primary slot option, keeping Williams on the roster hardly makes sense. Cutting him would save the team money next season, and the Cowboys still like Noah Brown a lot as a developmental piece. Deonte Thompson serves a role as a designated deep threat. Tavon Austin is the returner and gadget player. What job is there left for Williams to do besides drop too many passes as he usually does?
Williams has outlived his usefulness with the Cowboys. If Gallup is ready, he should be released. Why waste reps on a player who was bad enough for the team to overhaul his entire position a year later?