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Why Terrance Williams Is Dallas Cowboys' Biggest X-Factor in 2014

Aug 23, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) tackles Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) in the second quarter of the game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 25, 2014

Terrance Williams is not going to help the Dallas Cowboys' questionable defense become more respectable this season. He is also far from the most notable name on the offensive side of the ball. Despite both of these facts though, Williams is Dallas' biggest X-factor in 2014.

With DeMarco Murray in the backfield and Dez Bryant lining up alongside him, defenses won't be keying in on Williams. Murray finished last season with the 10th-most rushing yards despite playing just 14 games. Meanwhile, Bryant solidified himself as one of the top five wide receivers in the game, tallying 13 touchdowns and 1,233 yards. 

While both players will certainly eat into the amount of times Tony Romo targets him, Williams will be able to fly under the radar throughout the season.

In the No. 2 receiver role, he will still see plenty of passes thrown his way. The Baylor product will also see a ton of one-on-one situations due to defenses double-covering Bryant.

In his rookie season where Miles Austin was still a part of the Dallas passing game, Williams notched 736 receiving yards and five touchdowns. With Austin gone and a stellar first year in the books, expect Romo to trust Williams even more in 2014. 

Between Bryant, Murray and tight end Jason Witten, Romo has some talented options outside of Williams. As far as wide receiver goes, however, the depth chart gets a little shaky after reading past the No. 2 starter. 

Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley have each had their clutch moments for Romo. They also won't see the field unless the Cowboys are in an obvious passing formation.

Devin Street was drafted in the fifth round of this year's draft. He will need time to develop chemistry with Romo and the Dallas playbook.

Having other passing targets like Witten and Bryant will help Williams' ability to contribute in this offense more than it will hurt it. He will frequently be covered by the opposition's second or third option at cornerback. In those situations, Williams has the talent to come down with the ball more often than not. 

Somewhere around 900-1,000 receiving yards and eight or more touchdowns is the stat line one should expect from Williams in his sophomore season.

He was less than 200 yards and three touchdowns away from those minimums last season. The collective of ESPN's fantasy football writers believe that Dallas' No. 83 will haul in 928 yards and six TDs.

What makes Williams the Cowboys' biggest X-factor is his own individual talent and the situations he'll be in thanks to the talent around him.

Thanks to Murray, Witten and Bryant, Williams won't be facing off against an opponent's best or even second-best defenders. He has the route-running ability, speed and budding chemistry with Romo to take advantage of the many favorable situations he will see in 2014.

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