WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 225||Born: 11-4-1988||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
News you need to know
General News (Tue Feb 2): is recovering from recent foot surgery at the team's facility but should be ready for offseason workouts. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team will manage Bryant during the offseason.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 15 vs NYJ (9 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)
For only the third time in nine games this season Bryant hit the 50-yard mark. While leading the team with nine targets - a hearty 27% of the team total - Bryant and his quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore were not on the same page. Bryant's touchdown came on a smoke route at the line of scrimmage, beating Darrelle Revis in the red zone with his after-the-catch acumen. Bryant dropped an early game out route in the red zone, a potential touchdown, with a rare on-target throw. Kellen Moore forced the ball in Bryant's direction multiple times resulting in interceptions. Late in the game Bryant was well-covered with double and triple teams.
2015 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The lost 2015 season for Dez Bryant continued against Green Bay. For the fourth straight game, Bryant caught less than half his targets, this time contributing four drops along the way. A high, but catchable goal line pass clanged off Bryant's hands, turning into an interception. Bryant later dropped a back shoulder target and an easy comeback route. The closest play came on a ball skills display for Bryant down the seam. Through blanket coverage, Bryant corralled the ball for a potential huge gain. However, an official review overturned the completion as he bobbled the ball heading to the ground. He did draw a defensive holding penalty on an early-game slant route beyond the box score. With Matt Cassel premium opportunities are few and far between, but Bryant hindered his own performance with critical drops this week.
2015 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Bryant was vocal about his lack of quality targets early against Washington. Matt Cassel overthrew Bryant on a remedial slant route and later Cassel ignored Bryant completely when he was wide open for a likely slant route touchdown. Bryant barked on the sideline following the drive as Dallas' offense sputtered for more than three full quarters. Beyond the box score, Bryant did draw two defensive pass interference penalties, both on third downs and one deep down the field. Late in the game Bryant stepped up and finally saw accurate throws from Cassel. Bryant made a double move deep down the sideline for a highlight reel diving catch inside the five-yard-line. On the game-winning drive Bryant caught slant and comeback route receptions, leading to Dallas' long field goal. Including the pass interference penalties, Bryant's impact was close to 100 yards for the game and with Cassel being more accurate early on would have added a touchdown and two more receptions to his tally. The late-game connection deep between Bryant and Cassel was a positive sign for the coming weeks. This week marked the second time all season Bryant eclipsed 50 yards in a game.
2015 Week 12 vs CAR (8 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Despite a team-leading eight targets, Bryant was held in check by Josh Norman and the Carolina secondary. He was held without a catch in the first half, seeing tight coverage consistently and Tony Romo overthrowing him on a deep route. Bryant made a quality catch on a low throw, but his highest leverage target - an end zone look in the fourth quarter - was tipped away. With Matt Cassel back under center, Bryant will have a tough time rebounding from essentially a lost season in the closing weeks. Bryant has a single game with more than 50 yards on the season.
2015 Week 11 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Bryant was the clear preferred target of Tony Romo in their first game together since early in the season. Bryant saw more than 30% of Romo's passes. Despite Bryant being held in check from the big play by Miami, his receptions included two third down conversions, a contested catch, and a full extension grab diving over the middle. Bryant's touchdown came from a slot alignment, a promising sign to get more advantageous matchups on key passing downs in future weeks.
2015 Week 10 vs TB (12 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Bryant had a high-volume, but forgettable performance against Tampa Bay. He was involved early with two quick receptions and a third catch by the mid-second quarter. However, drops were an issue as Bryant misplayed a slant route target plus a back shoulder throw on third down late in the game. Finally, Matt Cassel targeted Bryant deep in the end zone against single coverage in the closing seconds for the win. Bryant lost track of the ball mid-flight, played small versus contact, and allowed the game-ending interception on the play. Bryant was more concerned with lobbying for a defensive penalty on the play. Tony Romo likely return in Week 11 stands to be a quality upgrade to Bryant's rest-of-season outlook.
2015 Week 9 vs PHI (8 / 5 / 104 / 1 rec)
After a non-descript return from injury against Richard Sherman last week, Bryant enjoyed more accustomed success against the Eagles. Bryant exhibited more strength and burst than a week ago, getting off an early jam for a sizeable gain and yards-after-catch. Bryant hauled in a hail mary-like jump ball from Matt Cassel, turning a questionable decision by Cassel into a game-tying touchdown. Late in the game Bryant drew two defensive pass interference penalties, followed by a slant route reception, to set Dallas up for an overtime-forcing field goal in the final minute. While missing Tony Romo, Bryant is back as an impact pass-maker for Dallas' offense.
2015 Week 8 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Bryant's return to the lineup was a tough matchup against Richard Sherman and the Seattle secondary. Bryant exhibited a lack of timing and explosion when targeted with jump balls he typically dominates when at full strength. The snap count projections leading up to the game where not in effect as Bryant saw 81% of the snaps. Bryant did not have his same leaping ability on a third quarter jump ball and then late in the game was called for offensive pass interference on a deep target as the defensive back was in position for an interception. Bryant was stuffed on a screen pass and his lone reception with any space was a benign catch-and-run in the second half. While emerging without injury aggravation was a position in Bryant's return, his impact was minimal on a hefty dose of snaps.
2015 Week 1 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Bryant left the field on multiple occasions against the Giants. The first was to receive an IV early in the game. Once he returned, Bryant was a mix of impactful (deep in-cut reception to convert third down on Dallas' two-minute drive) and forgettable (dropped a third down crossing route in the red zone to squander a scoring opportunity. After having minimal impact in Dallas' cautious passing game, Bryant missed the rest of the game with a now-diagnosed broken bone in his foot. Devin Street filled in for Bryant, without impact, after Bryant left.
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