Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Terrance Williams breaks out of slump
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- There was a stretch where rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams caught a touchdown pass in four consecutive games, setting a franchise record for a rookie. He also had a pair of 60-plus yard touchdown catches becoming the first player to do that since Terrell Owens accomplished the feat twice in 2008.
Then Williams went silent.
A two-catch game against Minnesota, one at New Orleans and New York.
It seemed Williams was on a slump that was extending on Thanksgiving Day.
Williams, in place of an injured Dwayne Harris on kickoffs, fumbled the opening kickoff resulting in a touchdown for the Oakland Raiders.
But Williams rebounded and finished with three catches for 23 yards and returned two kickoffs for 61 yards, including one for 32 yards. It appears Williams has broken out of his slump.
"If you look at the rest of the game, how he covered on the coverage units and how he made plays, two big third-down conversions for us, a contested catch on a third-and-5, I think we converted a third-and-13 on an in-cut that he ran, so he really did a good job responding to that," said coach Jason Garrett, who disputed the slump notion Williams was going through. "And that's really telling about who he is, the kind of character he has just to come back, because the nature of this game is you're going to have things that go against you, and how you respond to it is critical. He did a good job of that [against the Raiders]."