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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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Week 9: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. How will Tony Romo's back react to the strain it was put under by Washington's constant blitzing/hitting on Monday Night Football? He took a big bruise to the area of his back that has been surgically repaired twice in the recent past, but didn't do any further damage to the disks that have been worked on, according to reports out of North Texas. This is a wait-and-see situation, but realize that Brandon Weeden is exceptionally well-prepared as a backup (Weeden routinely gets one day of practice with the starters each week while Romo takes a veteran rest day to protect his back) - all is not lost if Romo is forced to sit out a game or two. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches for the latest on Romo's practice participation/injury status. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten should be O.K. no matter which Dallas quarterback gets to exploit the Cardinals' inept secondary. The Cardinals' pass D coughed up 411 net yards to Nick Foles and company last week (36/62 for 411 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken), one week after Derek Carr inexplicably flamed out vs. Arizona (16/28 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most teams fall in between these extremes, but Arizona is once again last in the NFL averaging 302.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 TDs given up balanced by 10 interceptions generated (tied for third in the NFL). The Cardinals do not produce much in the way of pass rush, with a mere seven sacks this season (tied-29th). This looks like a great matchup for the home-team Cowboys - DeMarco Murray has a tough matchup in the other phase of the game so look for Dallas to throw a little more often than usual in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
5 vs HOU 0 0 0 14 9 85 1 0
6 at SEA 0 0 0 10 4 63 0 0
7 vs NYG 0 0 0 12 9 151 0 0
8 vs WAS 0 0 0 7 3 30 1 0
9 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 7 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (10 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)

Bryant was covered often by Richard Sherman this week, but that did not stop Tony Romo from targeting Bryant 10 times against Seattle. After a slow start that included a diving catch out of bounds and two tipped away targets, Bryant got hot in the second half. On one occasion, Bryant got free from Sherman on a deep crossing route, only to be tripping up after the catch. Without that, Bryant may have scored on the play. Bryant's play of the game came with seven minutes remaining on a back-shoulder connection in a must-convert third down situation. Dallas trailed at the time and Bryant corralled the tough catch to keep the ultimate game-winning drive moving.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (12 / 9 / 151 / 0 rec)

Despite logging over 150 yards this week, it was a slow start for Bryant against the Giants. Bryant stumbled on a deep target, leaving the defensive back with an easy interception, in addition to tipping a Tony Romo fastball up in the air over the middle, nearly another turnover. Bryant was on his game over the final two-and-a-half quarters, however, as a high-impact playmaker. On different receptions, Bryant exhibited a strong stiff-arm, kept his knee off the ground has he spun up for an additional 20 yards, and juked a defensive back for an added 10 yards after the catch. Bryant was his usual handful post-reception. Bryant beat press coverage, created separation down the field, snared a perfect Tony Romo pass, and dove for the pylon. Bryant was ruled down prior to stretching for the end zone as DeMarco Murray plunged in for the clinching touchdown.

2014 Week 8 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)

Bryant had his hands full against the Washington secondary. He beat linebacker coverage on an early slant route and logged an impressive touchdown later in the first half. After a one-handed snatch of a smoke screen, Bryant ran through two arm tackles and stretched across the goal line for the highlight reel play. From that point on, Bryant was harassed with tight coverage, including two typically automatic back shoulder goal line targets being tipped away. Additionally, Bryant was targeted on the final play of the game, an out route on fourth down in overtime, which was again tipped away. Bryant had his moments early in the game, but was a non-factor in the second half and overtime.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Dez Bryant probable for Week 8 (Sat Oct 25, 04:16 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) practiced Saturday, Oct. 25, and is probable for Week 8 Monday, Oct. 27.

Our View: Bryant will play and likely shine under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. Expect a 100 plus yards and likely a touchdown this week so get him into your WR1 spot.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant takes part in practice (Fri Oct 24, 04:36 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24.

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Cowboys | Dez Bryant fully practices (Thu Oct 23, 03:50 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: We weren't worried. Were you? Of course not. Get him in your lineup as a WR1.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant has big yardage total (Sun Oct 19, 10:38 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant racked up nine receptions for 151 yards in the Week 7 game against the New York Giants. It was the third-most yards of his career. It was also his 12th career 100-yard game to tie for seventh place on the team's all-time list in that category. Six of his catches were good for first downs, tying for the fourth-most in a single game in his career.

Our View: Bryant took over in the second half and could not be effectively covered. He was a tough out after the catch and in general looked like the force that was expected when he went in the first half of most fantasy drafts. He should beat up on a hapless Washington secondary next Monday night.

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Schedule

9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins