A lot has happened since the last time we heard from Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams.
Dez Bryant is gone, Jason Witten retired, and Williams is trying to recover from a broken foot and move on from his May arrest.
On Sunday in Oxnard, California, Williams spoke with the media for the first time about those events, in varying degrees of detail.
He declined to answer two questions about his arrest for public intoxication, a charge that was recently dismissed.
“I don’t want to talk about that.” Williams said.
Regarding his surgically-repaired foot, Williams says he’s slowly working his way back and admitted there is still some pain.
“I feel like I can do a lot of stuff I couldn't do before, but it's still a work in progress. I'm trying not to push it just yet. I'm just continuing to stack days on days.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett echoed a cautious approach, saying Williams will have sporadic practice participation, adding though that the receiver is off to a “good start.”
Williams struggled last season, posting career lows in receiving yards (568) and touchdowns (0). During Sunday’s interview, he said some outside noise affected his play on the field.
“There's a lot of folks that say a lot of stuff. It kind of got to me for a little bit, but I feel I'm good now,” Williams said. “I’m in a different place and with folks that actually care about the game. It's good just to hear folks who have your back all the time.”
When pressed on the exact sources of the outside distractions, Williams responded, “Just the outside world, nobody here. It's just the outside world, people who talk that don't know the game of football.”
Interestingly, Williams had very different answers when asked about the absences of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
“Dez is my dawg. You miss the different stuff that he brings to the table. It's just something where he got us right whenever stuff didn’t go well. It's kind of a big difference. But he's doing his thing and I wish nothing but the best for him.”
But asked if it’s strange not having Jason Witten around, Williams simply said, “I don't want to talk about that.”
There is no denying that Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense will have to play through an adjustment period without Bryant and Witten. The question is how long that period will last. The offense has struggled at times in training camp, but Williams says the new-look receiver room has been a positive influence.
“I think it’s one of the best rooms I’ve been in. These guys are hard workers. DT [Deonte Thompson], Allen [Hurns] and Tavon [Austin], they are guys that will get you going no matter what. We just feed off each other,” Williams said. “We just need to continue to keep working at it, continue to keep building this chemistry with Dak so Dak will know where we'll be at. I think it's kind of different when you bring in a bunch of new guys and you try to put them in new situations that a quarterback doesn’t know. But that's what we have training camp for, to keep working and keep getting better at it.”
The Cowboys open the preseason Thursday in San Francisco.