Williams' near big play was busted route

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dallas Cowboys could easily have ended their first series with a 47-yard touchdown pass.

Tony Romo overthrew a wide-open Terrance Williams on a deep ball down the left sideline. It turned out that the third-round receiver made a rookie mistake on the route, too.

“It’s an adjustment route,” Romo said. “He’s got to see a little bit differently on the thing, and then obviously if he runs that route, I’ve got to adjust to that. It’s part of learning. It’s his first game. We’ll have that down next time. I thought he did good tonight, though. He did a lot of good things.”

Romo declined to discuss the route adjustment in detail, but Jerry Jones said Williams was supposed to run a crossing route based on the coverage.

Williams, a Baylor product who missed the first two games due to a concussion, caught only one pass for five yards in his preseason debut. However, the Cowboys are pleased with the development of a rookie they’re counting on to be their third receiver.

“In general, I really think he’s stepped up,” Jones said. “I think that’s the best way to say it. He has stepped up as our third pick, a rookie. All in all, he’s had a good training camp. He’s going to help us.”

While Williams ran the wrong route on the deep ball, he showed his ability to get behind the defense.

“Tony missed a throw,” said head coach Jason Garrett, who didn't mention Williams' mistake. “Tony makes a lot of throws. We sees he’s an obviously very accurate quarterback. It looked like Terrance beat him off the line of scrimmage and we missed it. That’s an opportunity that we look back on as coaches and it’s a missed opportunity.”