- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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With the Dallas Cowboys off this week at the bye week, we take a look at how the Cowboys draft picks have fared.
Pick: Third round (No. 74 overall)
What he’s done: Williams has given the Cowboys everything they could have possibly expected. He has caught 29 passes for 498 yards and is second to Dez Bryant in touchdown catches with five. He started out as the No. 3 receiver role but was elevated to the starting lineup in Miles Austin's absence. He has also provided some help on special teams.
Season outlook: With Austin expected to be as healthy as he has been since Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams because of a hamstring injury, Williams’ snaps go down but that does not mean his effectiveness will too. Williams has not been as effective lately as he was in a four-game stretch from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20. Maybe he is hitting a rookie wall or maybe defenses are getting a better read on him. His catch-per-target percentage has taken a hit in the last three games. While that is not the best barometer of play, it does mean something.
Williams has the ability to be a big-play threat (17.2 yards per catch) and that is something this offense will need down the stretch. Tony Romo has faith in him, which is another plus.