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News: DC.COM: Roster Rundown: Brandon Williams Still A Project

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Josh Ellis
    DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
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    Editor's Note: Throughout the offseason, DallasCowboys.com staff writers will take a closer look at the roster, analyzing each player's impact last season and how he fits into the team's 2011 plans. Today's featured player is outside linebacker Brandon Williams.)

    Name: Brandon Williams
    Position: Outside Linebacker
    Height/Weight: 6-3/246
    Experience: Two seasons
    College: Texas Tech

    Key stat: Finding himself behind not only DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, but also fellow 2009 fourth-round pass rusher Victor Butler for most of the season, Williams' defensive snaps were highly limited. He recorded only three stops on scrimmage downs, with one tackle for loss, but no sacks.

    Where He Fits: Going into camp, the Cowboys would love for Williams to reclaim the explosiveness they saw his rookie season, because he certainly could overtake Butler as the third pass-rusher if he's better. Unfortunately, the team probably isn't sure it can count on either guy as a capable replacement for Ware or Spencer, so they may keep looking in the offseason. Outside linebacker would seem to be a good place to add a modestly-priced veteran free agent, someone with starting experience who could help out in a number of ways, including special teams and to spell the starters on occasion. That might leave Williams and Butler fighting for the same roster spot.

    Read more: http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=96981A73-9E80-412C-98BA9614DD5E373E
  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Not sure why we'd bother to bring in a OLB with experience with the talent we have in front of Brandon Williams already. We need a vet at ILB, not OLB.
  3. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    This particular writer doesn't seem to think the Cowboys value Butler nearly as much as some of us fans do. If he's correct in assuming that neither Butler nor Williams is a viable #3 at the position, then you have to keep looking.

    Spencer and Ware run 260-262...both Williams and Butler barely hit 246 after two years...that's smallish for OLB in a 3-4.
  4. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    still the point is that you have experience, so instead of a vet, why not bring in a mid round pick and let him compete, or if you do bring in another vet, at least of of williams and butler (or both) should be cut.
  5. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    I'll bet that Ryan will have a lot more to say to that. Wade never liked playing young guys, and had trust issues. IMO that is why our D sucked last year and got worn down.

    Yes Butler and Williams may not be better then Ware and Spencer, but they do have talent to rush the passer and I think Ryan will see that.
  6. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Then he's wrong. Butler's a pretty good player. If he weren't, then, sure you'd keep looking.

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