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WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 225Born: 11-4-1988College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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General News (Wed Jan 24): is expected to return to the team in 2018, according to team owner Jerry Jones.

General News (Tue Jan 23): Bryant's antics on the sideline are a distraction, according to Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones. "The Dez situation has a lot of moving parts to it," Jones said. "The chemistry between Dak (Prescott) and Dez is different between Tony (Romo) and Dez. Tony and Dez had their game tailored to one another. Dak doesn't play the way Tony played. It's a work in progress. The other thing that we all see and it is certainly visible to anyone who watches our games, watches our sideline, is Dez is certainly a fiery guy who plays with a lot of emotion both on and off the field. Sometimes that can be a distraction."

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs PHI (8 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Bryant was one of the most disappointing aspects of the Dallas offense in 2017. Week 17 capped off the down season, now three in a row, with a mere 24 yards on a team-high eight targets. Bryant had a long reception called back by penalty but also did not break a tackle on a short reception with a one-on-one after-catch opportunity and did not haul in either of his contested catch targets. Bryant did elude two defenders for additional yardage after a comeback route, but it was his lone highlight of the game. Bryant is a highlight player of the offseason considering his high salary and lack of results of late. Dallas would save more than $20 million in cap space over the final two seasons of Bryant's contract if cutting Bryant. Dallas also has question marks with Terrance Williams and Jason Witten in a critical offseason to improve the sagging passing game from 2017.

2017 Week 16 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Bryant logged another disappointing game against Seattle this week. On six targets, Bryant managed more negative plays than positive ones with a drop, interception, and fumble bookending his day. Bryant dropped an easy slant route early on and lost a fumble on a hitch route. While in field goal range, Bryant tipped a pass up in the air, which was intercepted. Bryant's lone positive impact play came on Dak Prescott's best throw of the game. While rolling left, Prescott delivered a strike downfield to a diving Bryant for more than 30 yards.

2017 Week 15 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)

Bryant's four targets this week marked the lowest total since Week 3 and he was fourth on the team in targets against Oakland. Bryant was impactful on his two receptions; however, has he spun away from defenders for 19 yards late in the third quarter and added a contested down-the-sideline catch for 40 yards with the game in doubt later in the half. Bryant added an end zone defensive pass interference penalty and was stuffed on a reverse, a rare rushing attempt for the veteran receiver. In what has been a lost season overall for Bryant, he has an uphill climb to hit 1,000 yards with two games remaining, has not logged 100 yards in any singular game of the season, and has been invisible within Dallas' offense for quarters at a time.

2017 Week 14 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 73 / 1 rec)

Bryant saw meager five targets against the Giants, but logged a successful game built around a single long catch-and-run touchdown. On a slant route, Bryant shed the trailing defender and sprinted to the end zone for a long score. Bryant had an opportunity for another touchdown on a deep target, dropping the pass. Bryant's other two receptions were intermediate routes with little after-catch potential. Two of Bryant's better games of this lackluster season have come over the past two games with another strong matchup (Oakland) up next.

2017 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)

While no other Dallas receiver accrued even 25 yards, Bryant managed a decent performance by finding the end zone and collecting 32% of the team targets. Bryant's few unsuccessful targets were hardly his fault as he drew an end zone defensive pass interference penalty and two poor throws by Dak Prescott. Bryant skied for a high-point touchdown, through defensive pass interference, as Dallas began to roll in the fourth quarter to the comfortable victory. Bryant broke a tackle for more than 20 yards on a third down in-breaking route for his other notable reception. The Raiders and Giants offer two promising matchups up next as Bryant still seeks his first 100-yard game of the season.

2017 Week 12 vs LAC (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Bryant was silent through halftime, not seeing a target until midway through the third quarter. Bryant did see two optimal targets of note with a contested jump ball attempt and an end zone jump ball target. Both were broken up by solid coverage. As a result, Bryant's converted catches were of the routine variety with a back-shoulder catch in the fourth quarter his most notable impact. Bryant has uncharacteristically gone five games without a touchdown, spanning 25 receptions, and has yet to have a 100-yard game (only one game of more than 75 yards) in 2017.

2017 Week 11 vs PHI (14 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec)

Bryant saw his most targets since Week 2, accounting for a gaudy 45% of the team total. However, Bryant struggled to find any big plays as Philadelphia tightly covered deeper routes and pinned Bryant into minimal yards-after-catch situations on short-range targets. Bryant added a third down drop this week and did not see any optimal touchdown opportunities. With Dallas' offensive line struggling to protect Dak Prescott, consistent deep passing work is a difficult task. Bryant's Week 11 was indicative of his season overall as he is averaging less than 11 yards-per-catch and has not found the end zone in four games.

2017 Week 10 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Bryant was active early for the Dallas offense as their running game struggled to find consistency against Atlanta. Bryant led the team in targets, but did not make an impact on any deeper routes. Bryant's production came on three hitch routes and an intermediate reception, relying on after-the-catch skills for any additional yardage. Bryant also dropped a slant route target on the day. This week marked Bryant's second-lowest yardage total of the season and his third straight game without a touchdown. With Atlanta being a pass efficiency defense to exploit and the next three opponents top-half passing defense units, Bryant and the Dallas offensive line in pass protection will need to be at the top of their respective games for a short-term turnaround.

2017 Week 9 vs KC (11 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)

Despite seeing 33% of Dallas' targets, Bryant was generally held in check by Kansas City as Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley stole the show for Dallas' passing game. Bryant dropped a third down crossing route target and a deep in-cut pass later in the game. His best opportunity for a touchdown, an end zone target, was tipped away by the defensive back. His game was not without impact, however, as Bryant converted a third-and-15 highpoint pass in the two-minute drill of the first half and drew a defensive pass interference penalty on another third down. Bryant ended the game on the sideline, missing a chunk of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Atlanta in Week 10 offers a rebound opportunity, health pending, as Bryant has gone two games without a touchdown and has yet to surpass 100 yards in a game this season.

2017 Week 8 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Bryant was fed the ball as the feature element of Dallas' muted passing game against Washington. His six targets led the team as the running attack was the centerpiece with Ezekiel Elliott in the comfortable win. Bryant was led without a touchdown in a game for only the third time this season. Bryant's lone opportunity for a score came on a well-defended red zone fade target, which was broken up by the defensive back. Bryant also had a smoke screen for more than 20 yards called back by penalty. Bryant's best play was a third down conversion in the closing minutes to ice the game for Dallas. The Chiefs and Falcons the next two weeks offer better matchups than the Josh Norman-led Washington secondary for Bryant in the near term.

2017 Week 7 vs SF (10 / 7 / 63 / 1 rec)

Bryant was the primary option for Dallas in the passing game, collecting 10 targets of the team's 27 passes. No other Dallas player logged more than four targets against San Francisco. Bryant's seven receptions marked a season high and he found the end zone for the fourth time in the last five games. A majority of Bryant's catches were rugged short-to-intermediate throws as Bryant corralled a low third down target to convert on one occasion and high-pointed a target in the back of the end zone for his touchdown in the game. Bryant did drop a contested deep out target as his lone missed opportunity.

2017 Week 5 vs GB (8 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)

Bryant played with a notable chip on his shoulder against Green Bay with early energy in his routes and after the catch. Bryant's biggest impact came on two contested targets. One of them was a classic Bryant high-point on a red zone fade for a touchdown. On the other, Bryant played defense to break up a likely interception over the middle. Bryant had the opportunity for another touchdown, but failed to control a low target in the end zone. Yet to hit 100 yards in a game this season, Bryant will have an easier schedule after Dallas' Week 6 bye with San Francisco up next.

2017 Week 4 vs LAR (13 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)

Bryant was the featured receiver from start to finish against the Rams, collecting 36% of the team targets and nearly doubling the next closest receiver (Ezekiel Elliott) in receiving yards. Bryant's physical style at the catch point was his highlight trait this week as he corralled a high-point reception for 35 yards on the opening drive and made a fingertip grab on another occasion. Bryant played solid defense on one misguided throw by Dak Prescott, tipping away a likely interception in the end zone. Bryant had opportunities for an even bigger game if not for a drop on a low in-breaking route target and failing to come up with a 50/50 deep ball.

2017 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

As expected Dez Bryant drew the consistent coverage of Patrick Peterson during their Week 3 matchup. As a result, Bryant saw only two targets in addition to drawing a defensive holding penalty on Peterson. After being stuffed on a first half screen pass, Bryant made the most of his other reception. On a red zone catch over the middle, Bryant churned through multiple defenders inside the five-yard-line after the catch for the physical touchdown.

2017 Week 2 vs DEN (16 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)

Volume was not an issue for Bryant, seeing a sturdy 16 looks against Denver, 32% of the team total. It was Bryant's highest total dating back to 2013. However, Bryant was constantly pestered by tight coverage and struggled to make a dent downfield. His short to intermediate route highlights including a classic back-shoulder touchdown and a beautiful toe-drag on an out route. Bryant's tipped pass led to an interception and failing to corral a late-game jump ball on fourth down in the end zone iced the game for Denver. Bryant also logged an offensive pass interference penalty to kill a drive. With Arizona up in Week 3, Bryant will have back-to-back tough tests.

2017 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)

Despite a team-high nine targets, Bryant and Dak Prescott struggled to establish a strong connection against the Giants. Bryant saw three straight end zone targets on a red zone drive, all coming up empty. Bryant also got loose deep only to be missed by Prescott down the sideline. Bryant drew a deep defensive pass interference penalty as well. Only a broken tackle on a slant route for 35 yards prevented Bryant's game from being a complete bust in the box score. Bryant's burst and ball skills were present, but the consistent missed opportunities were roadblocks this week.


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