‘He’s got the gifts’: DE rookie Sam Williams draws praise from Dallas Cowboys coaches

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FRISCO – “He has the gifts.”

The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff aren’t holding back their praise for second-round rookie Sam Williams, who is already making an impression in rookie minicamp this weekend here inside The Star.

Chief Mike McCarthy raves about WIlliams, an Ole Miss defensive end, saying, “I think we’d all agree that Sam Williams looks like a guy who was born to play professional football.”

It mirrors what defensive coordinator Dan Quinn remembered when he first saw Williams in person at an Ole Miss pre-draft practice.

“Leaving the field that day, I remember saying to Mike, ‘Man, I would really like to coach this guy.’ So it’s a good feeling to have.”

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The Cowboys believe they have done their research and cleared up any behavioral concerns about Williams (see “I Did Nothing” here). And now they seem to instantly believe the guy they picked at No. 56. … come on a roster looking to replace the loss of free agent Randy Gregory.

McCarthy said: “He has the gifts. He has the physical traits. He had two pass rushes (Friday and)… he was clean in the backfield. He has that kind of ability. He’s in a great place.”

Williams is also happy – with the coaches and this “place”. He joked that when he made a 30-day visit to DFW, he considered missing “my express flight so he wouldn’t have to leave.”

“It’s just a connection that I can’t explain. With DQ and the other guys, it’s just different.”

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Williams (6-4, 265), who had 12 sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season with the Rebels, earning All-SEC first-team honors, is happy with what he’s learned so far .

“Coaches were challenging us, but teaching us at the same time,” said Williams, who also clarified that while his family calls him “De” (his first name is Samuel Degarrick Williams), he will stick with “Sam.”

“You can’t ask for anything better than that.”

And the Cowboys apparently believe they can’t ask for much more from a second-round pick than they could get with Sam Williams.

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