If you’re like me, you watched Cowboys’ games early this season and screamed “Look at Beasley!” Because, well, the diminutive slot receiver seemed like he was always open.
But with Beasley alive and well, our receiver concern now turns a different direction. As in, um, where’s Terrance Williams?
Beasley has suddenly become a valid, productive third-down target for quarterback Tony Romo. Sandwiched around his killer fumble on Thanksgiving against the Eagles has been nine catches and three touchdowns in the last three weeks. Another inch in Chicago last Thursday and he would’ve had a three-score game.
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But while Beasley's star is rising, Williams has fallen … off the map.
Don’t look now, but the receiver that should be benefitting from Beasley’s improvement and the constant attention given to Dez Bryant hasn’t caught a touchdown since Oct. 19 and has only five catches in the last five games.
The more options for Romo, the better. Nice that he trusts Beasley enough to look his way on third downs, instead of locking on Bryant or old reliable Jason Witten. But if the Cowboys are going to push their way into the playoffs Williams needs to re-emerge. Now.
To be fair, it seems Williams’ drop-off has coincided with Romo’s ribs. With their quarterback laboring, the Cowboys aren’t taking as many deep shots or throwing as many out routes to the sidelines. Both, of course, were Williams’ specialities.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.