If all goes well and their key players stay healthy, the 2016 Dallas Cowboys are going to be much better than the 2015 version of the team. With Tony Romo returning from injury and Dez Bryant getting a full offseason to get in shape, Dallas should be back to its dynamic run-to-set-up-the-passing-game offense in 2016. The offensive line should improve as they'll have more continuity. Knowing that, whoever is in the backfield will be able to run behind the league's best unit, opening up things for Romo and the passing game.
Going back to 2014, the year the Cowboys were most successful in recent memory, the Cowboys got by without much production from the No. 2 receiver position. Terrance Williams burst onto the scene in his rookie campaign, catching 44 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns, despite playing in the No. 3 receiver. While Williams is coming off his best season as a pro in terms of statistics, the fact is that he fails to win one-on-one matchups opposite of Bryant.
When the running game is clicking, defenses have a tough time stopping the Cowboys' passing offense. Defenses usually put a safety high over Bryant to make someone else besides No. 88 beat them. That's where a guy like Williams comes in. 2016 will be Williams' fourth season and amazingly, he's yet to fully evolve in the Cowboys' offense. He's a guy who struggles with route-running, part of that being because he came from a Baylor offense that doesn't have a traditional route tree. Williams is also a body-catcher, something he needed to improve coming into his his rookie season. On third downs, when the Cowboys need a conversion, it's not Williams they're going to, it's either Bryant, Jason Witten, or Cole Beasley.
Beasley has been a real nice player for the Cowboys in the past few years. His route-running skills as well as his reliable hands make up a perfect weapon in Romo's arsenal. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the size to be capable of playing outside, leaving him really as a option in only sub-packages in the spread. Let's take a look at the type of receivers the Cowboys have on their roster as well as their measurables, Beasley not included.
- Dez Bryant: 6'2, 225 pounds, 34-inch arms, 4.52 40-yard dash.
- Terrance Williams: 6'2, 208 pounds, 31-inch arms, 4.52 40-yard dash.
- Brice Butler: 6'3, 214 pounds, 33-inch arms, 4.37 40-yard dash.
- Devin Street: 6'3, 200 pounds, 33-inch arms, 4.55 40-yard dash.