WR Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 225||Born: 11-4-1988||College: Oklahoma State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 19 vs GB (12 / 9 / 132 / 2 rec)
Bryant was the featured receiver for Dallas against Green Bay, seeing nearly 30% of the team's targets and nearly doubling the second-leading receiver (Terrance Williams) for production. Bryant was a matchup issue for Green Bay's secondary most of the game. In addition to his nine receptions, Bryant drew a defensive holding penalty and a third down defensive pass interference penalty. Bryant found the end zone twice, both times showing his strong ball skills. Bryant outmuscled the defensive back on a long sideline target on one of Dak Prescott's best throws of the game for a score. Later, Bryant shielded the defensive back on a goal line slant, showing strong hands on a high ball, for his second touchdown. Bryant looked fresh and physical for Dallas' biggest game of the season and performed at an elite level for four quarters, an uncommon occurrence throughout his career.
2016 Week 17 vs PHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bryant played less than two quarters in Dallas' season finale with nothing on the line. He was not targeted by starter Dak Prescott in the opening quarter and his lone target in the second quarter drew a deep defensive pass interference penalty. The best news is Bryant emerged from the game without injury and will get a week off before the Cowboys' playoff slate opens.
2016 Week 16 vs DET (5 / 4 / 70 / 2 rec)
Bryant had his most impressive performance in more than a month against Detroit. Not only did Bryant optimize his five targets in the pass game, he also threw for a touchdown. Bryant took an end-around to the perimeter, finding a wide open Jason Witten for a red zone touchdown. Through the air Bryant dominated with two highly contested deep passes, converting both for touchdowns. Also, Bryant drew a long defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score. This marked Bryant best performance of the season on just five official targets, his second-lowest total of the season.
2016 Week 15 vs TB (10 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)
It was a workman-like game for Bryant against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers limited Bryant big play opportunities, but Bryant excelled on intermediate and short routes with sharp route-running and strong hands. In addition to his eight receptions, Bryant's season-high total, Bryant had a short reception and a full extension grab called back by penalty. Bryant dropped a back shoulder goal line target, his lone touchdown chance of the contest.
2016 Week 14 vs NYG (9 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Like in Week 1, the Giants shut down Dez Bryant. The star receiver rarely created separation and Dak Prescott's most inaccurate throws came in Bryant's direction. Bryant slipped on an in-breaking route early in the game, resulting in an interception. Prescott targeted Bryant in double coverage deep down the field, resulting in an easy interception. Bryant's lone reception of the game, a slant route with two minutes to play, finished with Bryant fumbling in Dallas territory. On the Cowboys last possession, Bryant dug out a low throw on fourth down to keep hope alive of a game-tying field goal, only to be reviewed and reversed to an incomplete pass, ending the game. This marked the third time in 10 games this season where Bryant logged a single reception and less than 20 yards.
2016 Week 13 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 84 / 1 rec)
Despite an anemic 18 passes thrown by the Dallas offense, Bryant logged 33% of the targets. Bryant came free for a full extension long reception, a highlight play down to the one-yard-line. While Bryant just missed a touchdown on his long play of the game, he converted a smoke screen in the red zone for a score in the fourth quarter, bursting to the sideline for the touchdown. Since Dallas' bye week, Bryant has scored five times in six games. After a stingy matchup against Minnesota, next week offers a better matchup against the Giants secondary.
2016 Week 12 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Even in a tempered passing day for Dallas, Bryant still saw a sturdy 29% of the team's targets. Bryant was used on short-to-intermediate routes with success, seeing Josh Norman most of the day. Bryant excelled in the red zone with a slant reception and a contested catch down to the goal line. His notable missed opportunity was a dropped third down slant target in field goal range. The Vikings offer a challenging matchup next week for Bryant to see similar success.
2016 Week 11 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 80 / 2 rec)
The chemistry continues to build between Bryant and Dak Prescott. Despite a slow start (a single target through a quarter and a half), Bryant ramped up in the second half as did the entire Dallas pass game. Bryant's deep in-cut reception moved Dallas into field goal range late in the first half. In the second half, Bryant was unstoppable in the red zone, converting two targets into two touchdowns. On the first, Bryant exhibited his strong jump ball skills, outmuscling an overmatched defensive back. On the second, Bryant ran through a tackle attempt after soft coverage of a slant route. Bryant has five touchdowns in his last five games with Washington's soft defense up next.
2016 Week 10 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)
Bryant led Dallas in targets and rebounded from a down Week 9 effort against Cleveland. Bryant created separation on multiple receptions against the overmatched Pittsburgh secondary. Nearly every catch for Bryant was highlight-worthy from a back-shoulder contested catch to a stiff arm to a low slant grab on third down. The cherry on top was Bryant getting behind a defensive back, extending to corral the pass, and bursting to the end zone to take the second half lead. Some of Dak Prescott's inaccurate throws came on targets of Bryant, tempering his final statistical output for the game.
2016 Week 9 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten stole the passing game show for Dallas in Week 9. Bryant struggled to create separate, saw just four targets, and dropped his easiest pass of the game on a red zone crossing route. Dallas did not need Bryant's big plays as their offensive line controlled the game, but Bryant's streaky history was on display in Week 9. Bryant had a third down target tipped away by a defensive back. Dak Prescott and Bryant's lone connection came on a back shoulder target early in the second half. Bryant will look to get back on track against the soft Pittsburgh pass defense next week.
2016 Week 8 vs PHI (14 / 4 / 113 / 1 rec)
Bryant was back for the Dallas pass game against the Eagles. Dak Prescott focused on short-to-intermediate throws in Bryant's absence, but the passing attack opened up for downfield opportunities with Bryant in the lineup. Tight coverage was the norm as Philadelphia used plenty of man coverage and press concepts on Bryant. Some of Prescott's least accurate throws were to Bryant, missing the star receiver on a third down deep in-cut and on multiple end zone targets. The pair did connect on a deep sideline target for 53 yards early in the game and calibrated their timing for a game-tying end zone fade with three minutes left in regulation. With more Prescott accuracy, Bryant had multiple touchdown upside this week.
2016 Week 3 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
It was a low volume day for the Dallas passing game in the blowout win over Chicago. Bryant saw a hearty 25% of the team targets, but behind Cole Beasley who has shown strong chemistry with Dak Prescott through three games. Bryant had a single target for much of the first half, a converted comeback route, but added two receptions later in the game including a contested red zone post route where Bryant sported strong hands for the touchdown. Bryant emerged with a knee injury. The X-rays were negative on Sunday, but an MRI is to follow early in the week to determine Bryant's status going forward.
2016 Week 2 vs WAS (12 / 7 / 102 / 0 rec)
After a game of missed (and few) opportunities in Week 1, Bryant was featured early and often against Washington. Bryant consistently won on deep in-cut routes but outside of one occasion was limited in opportunities for yards-after-the-catch. Bryant added a drop in the mid-fourth quarter and missed a touchdown opportunity on his lone end zone target. On the positive side, Bryant logged 40% of the targets this week and double that of No.2 target Cole Beasley. Dallas' pass game has yet to score a touchdown this season, creating a tempered ceiling for Bryant on a weekly basis.
2016 Week 1 vs NYG (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Bryant was quiet early in the game against the Giants, logging a single target in the opening quarter. Bryant had his chances downfield from Dak Prescott, but it was a game of close-but-missed chances for a big play. Bryant had an end zone jump ball, but perfect coverage tipped the pass away. Another end zone jump ball was caught by Bryant, but upon review was reversed with Bryant bobbling the ball upon ground contact. Bryant had single coverage on a deep sideline route, only to have Dak Prescott sail the pass out of bounds. Another jump ball situation was also broken up by the defensive back. Converting even one or two of these opportunities upgrades Bryant's box score to open the season.
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