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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 (Sat Sep 23): has nine catches on 25 targets through two games, and he said while that level of efficiency is "not acceptable," he believes the connection between he and Dak Prescott will start clicking.

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Dak Prescott and company received the benefit of an unnaturally pass-heavy game script last week as Prescott attempted a career-high 50 passes, completing 60% of them for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott also made a few costly mistakes though, coughing up two interceptions--one of which went to Aqib Talib in the end zone, who ran it back 102 yards for a touchdown. Prescott really forced the ball to his primary weapons on offense, targeting Dez Bryant a staggering 16 times and Jason Witten 13 times. Bryant was well covered for most of the game, hauling in only seven receptions for 59 yards with a touchdown. Witten led the offense with 10 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown as well. It is worth noting that Dak Prescott seemingly sustained an ankle injury during the second half last week, but he finished the game and did not appear on Monday's injury report. Keep an eye out by Thursday for any significant updates on Prescott's status for the weekend. The Cardinals secondary started with a rough showing in Week 1 against the Lions, but they bounced back with a much better outing against a struggling Colts offense last week. Patrick Peterson did an excellent job shutting down T.Y. Hilton, while Tyrann Mathieu held Kamar Aiken to only a 33% catch rate (3 of 9 targets) out of the slot. Both Tyvon Branch and Antoine Bethea have played well over the top so far this season also, limiting the Colts to only one play of 20 or more yards last week. Cole Beasley will have a tough time out of the slot, while Dez Bryant will likely draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Cardinals Linebacker Haason Reddick struggled in pass coverage last week allowing a number of catches to tight end Jack Doyle, so look for some upside from Jason Witten if he can find space in the middle of the field as the Cardinals linebackers have not played well in their first two games this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NYG 67 0 0 0 9 2 43 0 0 4.3
2 at DEN 66 0 0 0 16 7 59 1 0 11.9
3 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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Latest News

Cowboys | Dez Bryant not worried (Fri Sep 22, 11:43 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has nine catches on 25 targets through two games, and he said while that level of efficiency is 'not acceptable,' he believes the connection between he and QB Dak Prescott will start clicking.

Our View: It's only a matter of time really. Bryant and Prescott will benefit from a bruising rushing attack led by Ezekiel Elliott. When the team can't run the ball (see Week 2 vs Denver), then it complicates the entire offense. We like Bryant as a low-end WR2 or flex play on Monday night against the Cardinals.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant gets into the end zone (Sun Sep 17, 11:46 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant racked up seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Broncos and he was targeted a game-high 16 times.

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Cowboys | Dez Bryant held mostly in check (Mon Sep 11, 01:05 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was targeted nine times in Week 1 against the Giants, but he managed just two grabs for 43 yards.

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Schedule

3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Los Angeles Rams
5vs Green Bay Packers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ San Francisco 49ers
8@ Washington Redskins
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10@ Atlanta Falcons
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12vs Los Angeles Chargers
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ New York Giants
15@ Oakland Raiders
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ Philadelphia Eagles