Mar 5, 2009
I keep thinking how 2009′s going to be an “off” season. I think it’s going to be a tricky one, and I’ll be preparing for that all off-season and preseason. With Terrell Owens released from Dallas, that’s yet another reason to be concerned about ’09 being uneven. Owens has his issues, for sure, but he can still play and put up numbers, and he was still a legit #1 for the Cowboys.
Now, it’s questionable if Dallas has a #1 WR. They obviously traded for former Lion Roy Williams last year, but his play and involvement in the offense last year in Big D was nothing short of embarrassing. I know it takes time for a new player to assimilate himself, especially when he goes to a new team midseason, but Williams was horribly worthless last year. The year before, we saw wideout Chris Chambers find a way to help the Chargers after a midseason trade, yet Williams was just slightly more valuable to the Cowboys last year than I was.
Williams has already reported for the team’s off-season conditioning program, ahead of schedule, and he will have a full off-season to work with QB Tony Romo, which will certainly help. But there’s an erratic element to his game that doesn’t sit well with me. He tends to disappear for long stretches, and I wonder if he’ll give the Cowboys what they need from their #1 spot. At times, Williams is more flash than substance. He’s obviously very talented, at least, and Dallas’ #1 receiver is really TE Jason Witten, so that does help. But Dallas’ overall receiving corps is very thin now, so Owens’ departure makes all their players a little shakier, perhaps other than Witten, who may actually catch 100 balls this year if healthy. One player to watch for those in keeper leagues is Miles Austin, who proved to be a solid deep threat in ’08 and could be a #2 WR for this team. Patrick Crayton is better off in the slot.
He’s still one of the better starters, but I’m concerned now about Romo’s fantasy value in ’09. I’m thinking, if WR Anquan Boldin sticks in Arizona, that Kurt Warner’s a better pick. I may even want to rank Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ahead of Romo. But given Romo’s status in the league, he’ll probably be drafted as the 3rd or 4th QB off the board, which means he’ll probably be overvalued.
It’s early, of course, and Dallas will certainly bring some guys in via the draft, free agency, or both. But while the team chemistry will improved with Owens gone, I’m not convinced their offense on the field will be good enough to meet the high expectations.