Dallas Cowboys: Offensive Player Spotlight – Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant is not the player he used to be for the Dallas Cowboys. However, he remains a mismatch for most defensive backs. The last two seasons Dez has battled injuries and his catch rate has suffered. It has fallen below 50% over the 2-year span after averaging in the mid-60s for his first five seasons. In spite of losing a step or two, Bryant remains capable of double-digit touchdowns and can beat defenders at the point of attack or over the top.
His chemistry with Dak Prescott is set to improve thanks to an offseason working hand in hand. Terrance Williams returns as the other starter, albeit with a smaller role than slot receiver Cole Beasley does.
Bryant, Beasley, Williams, and even Jason Witten pulled through for young Dak Prescott in a big way last season. As the season rolled on, even through the uncertainty of Tony Romo’s future, all the veterans on offense were able to band together and help rookies, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
Dez Bryant had 50 receptions, 796 receiving yards, and caught eight touchdowns. His longest reception standing at 56 yards, Dez Bryant had 96 targets on the season. Averaging at just above 61 yards per game, Dez Bryant’s production still helped in the end. As a starter in the playoffs, Bryant had 12 targets in the Dallas Cowboys only playoff game. Of the 12 targets from Dak Prescott, he caught 9.
The sky is the limit for this young man and the Dallas Cowboys. He and Dak Prescott will have more time to develop chemistry than last year. Dez Bryant is developing into a team leader, and it seems to be rubbing off on his (not so) new quarterback and running back.
If the Dallas Cowboys are going to return to the top of the NFC East, they are going to need to see more of Dez Bryant throwing up the “X.”