Dallas Cowboys Position Reviews:
With the emergence of Terrance Williams, the Cowboys could be covered at wide receiver
By Matthew Postins
Wide receivers: Dez Bryant (starter), Terrance Williams (starter), Miles Austin (backup), Cole Beasley (backup), Dwayne Harris (backup).
Other notable players: Jamar Newsome (signed in Week 17).
In 2013: Bryant built on his successful 2012 with his first Pro Bowl berth in 2013. Bryant caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 scores, numbers that were nearly identical to his 2012. There were times that opponents shut him down and there were times in which Bryant’s “positive passion” got the better of him. But most of the season he was a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries who was without question the Cowboys’ top playmaker. By season’s end third-round pick Williams had supplanted Austin as the Cowboys’ No. 2 receiver and it was easy to see why. Williams overcame a huge mistake in the San Diego loss to finish the season with 44 receptions, 736 yards and 5 scores. He became the Cowboys’ top deep threat and led the Cowboys in yards per reception (16.7 ypc). Austin battled hamstring injuries after a promising start to the season. He had his worst season as a pro, catching just 24 passes. He became largely forgotten in the offense. Beasley emerged as a solid third-down threat, with the majority of his catches moving the chains for the Cowboys. Harris was primarily a punt and kickoff returner and excelled in that role, but he did catch 9 passes, 2 of which went for scores.
Looking ahead: All of the Cowboys’ top five wide receivers are under contract for the 2014 season, so there should be no drama there. That is, unless the Cowboys feel it’s time to cut the cord on Austin’s expensive contract. That won’t be easy, though. If the Cowboys decide to make that move they look covered, especially when you factor tight end Jason Witten into the equation.
Next up: Tight ends.
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