Terrance Williams arrested for public intoxication - Clarence Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It's been a crazy offseason for the Cowboys wide receiver group and it appears the craziness isn't over.
Frisco police arrested Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams early Saturday morning for public intoxication, a class c misdemeanor, after he crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole and the left the scene of an accident. The accident happened near Lebanon road, not far the Cowboys headquarters at the Star, at around 3 a.m. He was arrested at his about 5 a.m., per sources.
The Cowboys are aware of the arrest, per a source.
It’s not a good look for Williams and his future with the Cowboys after an offseason of change at the receiver position. Williams is sidelined until training camp with a fractured foot. So he is already missing the offseason program, OTAs and minicamp.
Cowboys trying to make it through the offseason with no distractions #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/SenKhYfnrv— COWBOYS (@AmericasTeam_21) May 17, 2018
Terrance Williams arrested, potential fallout - Carl Daley, Sport DFW
How the Cowboys choose to deal with Williams is one thing, but regardless of what they do, he's still going to have to deal with the repercussions of the NFL.
While it is not known who was driving Williams car at the time as the driver fled the scene prior to the police arriving, Williams was arrested near his home for Public Intoxication (which is a Class C misdemeanor) after being seen riding an electric bicycle.
Fleeing the scene on an electric bike? That’s different
The Lamborghini in question was registered in Williams name. The Cowboys wide receiver was released from the Frisco Detention Center on $369 bond and was hit with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident.
Who knows how the NFL will respond to this situation as Roger Goodell hands out suspensions like they are doctors office lollipops but it should not result in anything major.
Cutting Terrance Williams would cost Cowboys, unless he's suspended - Patrik Walker, 247 Sports
Most fans are ready to wash their hands of Williams, but does that make sense financially? Patrik Walker lays it out for us.
These are all reasons the Cowboys aren't going to simply release a player they chose to re-sign to a four-year deal worth only pennies on the dollar twelve months ago, but there's another most are simply glazing over as if they can adjust the settings like a Madden exhibition match:
So it goes, the Cowboys can't logically release him this season and are handcuffed a bit from trading him. At best, Williams will find himself relegated to backup duties with a potential divorce from the Cowboys coming in 2019, when an outright release would make a lot more sense both financially and roster-wise.
Until then, the Cowboys are essentially stuck between a rock and a light pole unless he's ultimately suspended. At that point, his guaranteed money is void and he's a dead man walking.
Williams did release a statement regarding the incident.
Full Terrance Williams statement — pic.twitter.com/pD9xH48qZ1— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) May 19, 2018
WATCH: LB Jaylon Smith Moving Without Brace - Kevin Brady, Inside The Star
How about we switch it up with some good news, shall we?
New footage has emerged of Jaylon Smith moving laterally without the brace, posted to Youtube by "Cowboys Fan Club." And to say he looks smooth doing so would be an understatement.
The 50 second video clip above shows Jaylon Smith looking rather explosive laterally, something we feared he may never be able to do again. When at his best Smith was able to utilize his athleticism and range, and if he can get those attributes all the way back the Cowboys linebacker group will be in very good shape.
Every NFL Team's Biggest Reason to Look Forward to 2018 Season - Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report
There are several reasons to be excited about the upcoming season, but what's the thing you are looking forward to the most? Bleacher Report provides one thing from each team, including the full season availability of an All Pro running back.
Dallas Cowboys: Zeke Is Good to Go
The Dallas Cowboys have to be encouraged that they fell just one victory short of the playoffs last year despite their best player suspended for 38 percent of the regular season.
The 2016 rushing champion is still only 22 years old, and it's not as though his numbers took a nosedive. Elliott accumulated 857 yards from scrimmage in his final six games of the year, which was better than his pace from that monster rookie campaign.
Despite missing seven games since the start of his career in 2016, Elliott is one of just two players with 25 touchdowns over the course of the last two years (along with Todd Gurley). So his mere presence should help quarterback Dak Prescott bounce back from a sophomore slump, while giving Dallas a chance to get back into the playoffs.
What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? - Sean Martin, Inside The Star
The Cowboys have added a lot of new offensive weapons this offseason, but the one they'll rely on the most will be a familiar face.
Leading the league in rushing with 1,631 yards on 322 carries as the fourth overall pick two seasons ago, Zeke Elliott will be looking to remind everyone how dominant of a back he truly is. Prior to serving his six game suspension, Elliott was averaging 24 carries a game (up from 21.5 in 2016) with 783 yards to show for it on the ground.
The Cowboys are prepared arguably better than ever to control games with their rushing attack, using this year's 50th overall pick on Left Guard Connor Williams. Watching this team adapt on offense each week while still relying on a bell cow runner is going to make Dak Prescott's third-year a fascinating one.
This is an offense that should absolutely be good enough to get the Cowboys back into playoff contention. It always has been when Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott are on the field. Scott Linehan may have a lot more to worry about this year around these cornerstones, along with the pressure to keep his job long-term, but it should be easy for him to call his best player's number early and often in 2018.
Cowboys rely on Zeke more than most realize, Gary Brown by extension - Jeric Griffin, Cowboys Wire
The impact of Elliott goes deeper than just handing him the ball. Just his presence on the field makes things easier for the guys around him. Having him back is a big deal.
If we were to count the number of times Garrett, Scott Linehan, Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and/or someone else in the production talked about how special Elliott is and how crucial he is to the team’s success, we’d easily have a number greater than his jersey number, and likely close to doubling it.
During the 2017 season, we saw how the offense was clearly hobbled without Elliott on the field. But “All or Nothing” showed us the front office and coaching staff knew it in advance, accepted it and almost surrendered to it.
In a receivers meeting, the rest of the stable of running backs was complimented when discussing how defenses would play Dallas differently during Elliott’s six-game suspension. Then-receivers coach Derek Dooley quickly chimed in that Elliott is “a different cat” and the receivers would see entirely different looks when he returned.
What's best for Dak Prescott is what's best for the Cowboys right now - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Jon Machota took time to answer a few questions, including whether or not Dak could be the problem in Dallas, and not Dez.
Has anyone ever considered that Dak Prescott was the problem, not Dez? Receivers shouldn't be friendly to the QB, the QB should bring the best out of his receivers. Do you agree?
Machota: That has certainly been considered. Many have made that argument. There are plenty of die hard Tony Romo fans on social media making that argument daily. The Cowboys didn't feel that way, though. They see Dak Prescott as the new face of the franchise. If one of the two had to go, it was going to be Dez.
Frankly, there isn't a team in the league that's going to go against their franchise QB. It doesn't matter whether you think Dak does or doesn't have what it takes to win Super Bowls. The Cowboys think he does and all moves are being made with that in mind. What's best for Dak is what's best for the Cowboys right now.
NFL MVP way-too-early 2018 predictions for all 32 teams - Staff, ESPN
ESPN makes an early prediction for MVP for each team. Todd Archer makes the pick for Dallas.
The Cowboys are operating under a Dak Prescott-friendly narrative to help their third-year quarterback, but nobody can help him more than Elliott. The running back led the NFL in rushing as a rookie, when the Cowboys went 13-3 in 2016. He ran for 983 yards in 10 games last season, missing six because of a suspension. Jerry Jones believes Elliott will be freed from the burden of suspension talk and look more like the runner he was in 2016. The Cowboys need that guy to control the tempo of the game and keep the offense in balance. The past two times they made the playoffs, they have been driven by the running game. They need to have that formula again in 2018
Four candidates for the Cowboys 2018 MVP award - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Our own Dave Halprin throws three more names in the hat, including the guy we're all hoping has a bounce-back year.
Dak Prescott - When it comes to MVPs, your odds-on bet should always start with the quarterback. Everything flows through him on offense, even if your team is going to be a run-heavy unit. The Cowboys have revamped the receiving corps in hopes of better fitting Prescott’s style of play. They are retooling the offensive scheme to incorporate more RPOs and getting Prescott on the move. In short, the Cowboys are creating a new team centered around Prescott, and if he can make it work, he should have fantastic numbers and success at the end of 2018.
The most valuable Cowboys of 2018: #20-18 - Kevin Turner, The Athletic
The Athletic is counting down their most valuable list. Who makes the cut? Well, Kevin Turner starts things off with a second-year player who has a lot to prove.
I realize Taco being a first-round pick raised expectations, but I’m putting my target sack number at five. I think that’s an extremely reasonable expectation for Taco in 2018. He will likely get more pass-rush opportunities in 2018, and the players around him might be better-suited to make an impact than last year. No offense to Benson Mayowa, but the potential of Randy Gregory, Armstrong, Tapper, or Ealy really make the supporting cast a strength.
The goal is for Taco Charlton to improve enough to potentially become a starter in 2019. While I don’t think the Cowboys want to part ways with one of their defensive leaders in Tyrone Crawford, they could release him after this season and save nearly $6 million in cap space.
The most valuable Cowboys of 2018: #17-15 - Jeff Cavanaugh, The Athletic
Jeff Cavanaugh takes on the next group of players and looks at another second-year Michigan player who could end up being this team's top corner.
He’s an undersized corner but his ability to mirror guys with quickness makes having him in the slot the right move. He can handle speed and quickness without a problem and is also outstanding against the deep ball. He’s got a comfort level with his back to the quarterback to locate and attack the football that leads to him being difficult to throw against down the field despite his size.
Lewis also doesn’t shy from the physical aspect of the game in the slightest. Being in the slot means you’re closer to the football and closer to run plays. He’s not big but he’s absolutely willing to tackle and shouldn’t have a problem in run support.
Don’t be surprised if Jourdan Lewis turns out to be the best cornerback on this football team, I expect him to be.
CB Jourdan Lewis has seen 10 targets of 20+ downfield in 2017— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 23, 2017
He’s allowed a passer rating of 1.7 pic.twitter.com/ntEoQq8m4u