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Dallas Cowboys planning to waive Miles Austin, promote Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys to waive Miles Austin, use Terrance Williams more
Dallas Cowboys to waive Miles Austin, use Terrance Williams more
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Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams had a nice rookie campaign, although Cowboys' faithful will point out his mistakes as well. Despite those mistakes, expect Williams to play a prominent role on the tram in 2014. According to ESPN on Feb. 4, the Cowboys are expected to cut Miles Austin to save money and that will make Williams the number two receiver on the team, opposite Dez Bryant.

Williams finished the season with 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns. 12 of his receptions went for more than 20 yards, and three of his touchdowns were on those receptions. He is a big play receiver, and alongside Bryant, a more experienced Williams could give new play caller Scott Linehan some dangerous options for 2014.

With a proven star in Dez Bryant, Williams' speed could make him the best option for the Cowboys regardless of experience.

While it was easy to see Williams' mistakes throughout the season, he compares well to men who were expected to be instant stars for their teams. While Williams was a big name, players like Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins, Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, Robert Woods, and Aaron Dobson all went ahead of him.

Austin, the first wide receiver drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, finished his rookie season with 40 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns. Justin Hunter finished the season with only 18 receptions for 254 yards and four touchdowns. Woods matched Austin's 40 receptions but gained 587 yards with three scores. Dobson had 37 receptions for 519 yards and four touchdowns.

Patterson had more receptions but almost 300 fewer yards. Only Hopkins was better in both receptions and yards, with 52 receptions for 802 yards but only scored two touchdowns.

Needless to say, Williams was a proven commodity as a third round draft pick and played better or as good as every wide receiver drafted before him. Now, in 2014, he will get the chance to start and prove whether or not he will be the next big thing for the Dallas Cowboys.