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July 29, 2013

Jason Garrett: Baylor coach Art Briles was right about WR Terrence Williams having the right stuff


Receiver Terrence Williams, the rookie third-round pick from Baylor, had a slow start to training camp with a couple of dropped passes earlier. He has steadily improved and had arguably his best day during Sunday's scrimmage.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Williams still has a long way to go but they never worried about him because they trusted the words of Baylor coach Art Briles who detailed them before the draft about what kind a person Williams was, his passion for the game and his work ethic. Garrett said Briles has proved to be right.

"Yeah, Terrance works really hard,"  Garrett said. "It’s really important to him. We had some good information on Terrance coming out because of Jancy Briles’ dad down there – Art Briles at Baylor. We felt like we had a good feel for what he was like as a person and he was dead on in his evaluation. Every one of these guys comes out and you can see the tangible traits they have. How tall they are, how long they are, how fast they are, how high they can jump – the whole deal. What makes players great though is what they’re all about. And how important it is to them as a person and that’s how those guys develop into the potential that they have. We felt like he was a really good young man who thought that football was important to him and he was going to work at it and try to be his best. And that’s what we’ve seen from him.

He’s one of those guys you can coach hard and keep coaching him hard and that’s a good thing," Garrett said. "I think he’s understanding better and better how to take coaching and when you coach him hard, it’s in his best interest. He’s really been receptive to receivers coach Coach (Derek) Dooley and what we’re trying to get across to him. And you see him getting better and better each day. We put him in these situations and really day in and day out he’s made the big catch to give us the first down to allow us to kick the field goal. He’s done it three or four days in a row. I think he’s getting more and more confident each and every day. Obviously he has a long ways to go. There are so many technical things that he’s not good at right but he’s working at it."

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