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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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Dez Bryant is nearing a return from his Week 1 foot fracture. He was limited in practice on Wednesday, October 28th, and it is possible that he will play Week 8, though Week 9 might be a more realistic option.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Dez still hasn't looked like Dez since returning from his broken foot, but the return of Tony Romo should help accelerate that process.

General News (Wed Nov 25): practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Tue Nov 24): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.

Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tony Romo got back under center last week, and the Cowboys won a game! He wasn't perfect (18/28 for 227 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown) but he was good enough to get the 'W'. Terrance Williams (four targets for 4/79/1 receiving) and Dez Bryant (nine for 4/45/1) celebrated his return with TDs, while Jason Witten glided to a three for 2/27/0 performance as Romo threw to the wideouts mostly in Week 11. We'll see how the passes are distributed here in Week 12, but at least the passing game has some vertical element in Dallas again. The Panthers' pass D is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 228.3 net passing yards per game, and they have more interceptions (15, best in the NFL) than TDs allowed (12). The Panthers have 31 sacks, tied for third-most in the NFL, while Dallas is tied for 16th in the NFL with 22 sacks allowed. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is ranked in the middle of the NFL regarding fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (20 on average, 18th in the NFL); 15th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (9.3); and is 19th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (20). Last week, Kirk Cousins managed 22/30 for 172 net passing yards, one TD and one interception while taking five sacks for -35 yards. This is a tough matchup for the Cowboys' reborn passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs SEA 48 0 0 0 6 2 12 0 0 1.2
9 vs PHI 63 0 0 0 8 5 104 1 0 16.4
10 at TB 50 0 0 0 12 5 45 0 0 4.5
11 at MIA 50 0 0 0 9 4 45 1 0 10.5
12 vs CAR 47 0 0 0 8 2 26 0 0 2.6
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Cowboys | Dez Bryant taking on Josh Norman (Thu Nov 26, 09:52 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will be shadowed by Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Norman has really been outstanding this season and the Carolina secondary is underrated. That said, we still see Bryant as a borderline WR1/WR2 on Thanksgiving.
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Cowboys | Three Cowboys expected to play (Wed Nov 25, 02:47 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), RB Darren McFadden (groin) and QB Tony Romo (back, shoulder) are all probable for Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Nov. 26, and they all practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Cowboys | Three Cowboys limited Tuesday (Tue Nov 24, 06:02 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, shoulder), WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee) and RB Darren McFadden (groin) were limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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Cowboys | Dez Bryant does not practice (Mon Nov 23, 06:40 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Nov. 23.

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Cowboys | Dez Bryant probable (Fri Nov 20, 03:10 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee) is listed as probable for the game against the Miami Dolphins Friday, Nov. 20.

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