OXNARD, Calif. – It was a rough day for rookie receiver Terrance Williams.
Tight end Jason Witten yelled at the third-round pick after Williams dropped a pass across the middle. Cornerback Morris Claiborne gave him an extra little shove after breaking up another pass. And head coach Jason Garrett singled out Williams when he couldn’t get open against Brandon Carr’s press coverage.
“You gotta win, 83!” Garrett shouted loud enough for everyone around the practice field to hear. “He’s winning! He’s kickin’ the crap outta you!”
The challenge for Williams is to keep his head up and learn from the kind of day he’d like to forget.
“I’ve got to continue focusing on this playbook and try to keep playing with confidence,” Williams said. “Just go to the film, correct what I did and come back and play better than I did today. That’s something that really bothers me. I’ve just got to come back tomorrow with a whole new attitude.”
The Cowboys considered Williams a steal when they drafted him with the 74th overall pick. They had him graded as the No. 23 player on their board.
The plan for Williams was to be the Cowboys’ third receiver as a rookie, adding another big-play threat to the offense. He’s working with the starters in three-receiver sets now, but Williams understands he isn’t guaranteed anything if he doesn’t perform.
Monday’s practice made it clear to Williams that he has a lot to learn.
“It just reminds me that I’ve got to keep studying the playbook and know what I’m doing,” Williams said. “I need to go back, pay attention to what the coaches are telling me and continue to learn this playbook.”