Dallas Cowboys fans all know the names of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, and Miles Austin. However, the reason the team is 4-3 and in the driver’s seat in the NFC East is because of the relatively quiet emergence of young offensive weapons.
They’re both receivers and under 25 years old. If you’re indeed a Cowboys fan or avid football follower, these two names have become common fixtures in the box score for the last few weeks.
Terrance Williams: 24 years old.
Cole Beasley: 24 years old.
There’s absolutely no question that this young duo of wide receivers have been instrumental in helping the Cowboys reach the next level to be considered a serious contender. And they have also made Miles Austin expendable.
In Austin’s absence, Williams has 19 catches for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Beasley has 17 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. There’s no doubt Tony Romo has been in sync with both receivers the last few weeks and he’s confident in their play making abilities. As Romo’s trust in this duo grows from week to week, they will surely receive more targets, eliminating Austin’s looks.
It’s evident that Williams has become a much better option downfield than Austin. He runs great routes and is a physical specimen for corners to deal with. And I am going to argue that Beasley, a poor man’s Wes Welker, is also a much better option in the slot for the Cowboys. The offense has experienced much success running a spread offense that utilizes Beasley underneath. His quick lateral cuts and size virtually make him a nearly impossible matchup for a defender.
Head coach Jason Garrett deserves some credit for the emergence of these young players. He’s preached accountability since day one of training camp, and has eagerly benched under-performers and has had role players step up huge despite of injury. Garrett trusted his young receivers in Williams and Beasley when Austin went down, and they have been responding regularly.
The Cowboys are 3-0 within in the NFC East, and have two very winnable games coming up on the schedule the next couple weeks. Williams and Beasley deserve some credit for their contributions in these victories. It is scary to think that these two have emerged as secondary options for Romo, and their confidence will only continue to grow from week to week.
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