Williams becomes a deep threat again

IRVING, Texas - For a couple of months, Terrance Williams essentially disappeared from the Cowboys’ offense.

In an eight-game span, Williams caught one pass of more than 20 yards and scored one touchdown. Understand, he had seven receptions of 20 yards or more and five touchdowns in the first six games.

Well, Williams caught three passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit, and his re-birth couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Nothing has really changed,” Williams said. “I’m still running the routes, the way I’ve always run my routes. I think Tony [Romo] is just taking a few more chances deep than he was before.”

The Cowboys need Williams because he stretches the offense like no other player on the roster. In the past four games, he has receptions of 53, 51 and 76 yards (while drawing pass interference penalties of 26 and 40) and scoring four touchdowns.

The one thing that never disappeared from Williams’ repertoire was his blocking. He’s a good blocker at the point of attack, but he’s an outstanding downfield blocker. On several occasions this season, Williams has sprinted downfield and made a key block on a run by DeMarco Murray.

“Coach [Art] Briles taught me at Baylor that the more you block, the more it helps the passing game,” Williams said. “When you make the other team pay attention in the box, it opens up things in the passing game. It works both ways.”