WR Dez Bryant, Free agent
HT: 6-2, WT: 225, Born: 11-4-1988, College: Oklahoma State, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 24
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: D Thomas (9), M Lynch (10), Dez Bryant (11), A Green (12), D Murray (13)
Position: C Johnson (5-WR1), D Thomas (9-WR2), Dez Bryant (11 - WR3), A Green (12-WR4), B Marshall (15-WR5)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: D Thomas (7), J Graham (8), Dez Bryant (9), P Manning (10), A Green (11)
Position: C Johnson (5-WR1), D Thomas (7-WR2), Dez Bryant (9 - WR3), A Green (11-WR4), J Jones (13-WR5)
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Dez Bryant has grown up. It wasn't long ago that Bryant's obvious physical talents were overshadowed by immaturity on and off the field. Luckily for Bryant and Cowboys fans alike, a light switch appears to have gone on and Bryant has found his place as one of the league's most dominant receivers. The 6'2", 225 lbs. dominates at the point of attack, and can make plays in traffic or blow past defensive backs for a deep sideline route. Bryant is coming off a 93-catch, 1,233 yard, 13 TD season and there's nothing to think he can match those goals again in 2014 as long as Tony Romo recovers quickly from back surgery.
Latest NewsRavens | Dez Bryant goes without a catch again (Wed Dec 2, 07:14 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Dez Bryant was held without a catch on two targets against the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, Dec. 2. link to story Ravens | Dez Bryant back on active roster (Sat Nov 28, 01:23 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Dez Bryant on Saturday, Nov. 28, was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster. Our View: You might get to fill in your "Dez Bryant catches a pass from Robert Griffin III" square Tuesday in NFL 2020 Bingo.
link to story Ravens | Dez Bryant gets the call for Week 11 (Sat Nov 21, 04:33 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Dez Bryant was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Nov. 21. Our View: This is the second time that Bryant has been elevated from the practice squad. The Ravens are a run-heavy team, so don't expect much from Byrant if he does see the field in Week 11.
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Bryant was the clear focal point of the Giants’ defensive attention. They played tough press coverage with a safety over the top on Bryant’s side of the field the entire game. As a result, Bryant was limited to contested short-range targets through comebacks and the occasional crossing route. After all the tough coverage, Bryant finally drew a defensive pass interference penalty later in the game. Not often will Bryant be fourth on the team in targets like this week and averaging less than six yards per reception with no production after the catch. Miles Austin served as the possession receiver and did little to project a changing of the guard at the number one receiver spot.
Week 2 - After dealing with a foot issue during the week, Bryant put in a full practice prior to the game and was set for his matchup with Brandon Flowers. In the first half, and specifically the first quarter, Bryant dominated Flowers in one-on-one situations. Bryant had over 100 yards and a touchdown in the opening 15 minutes, including multiple back-shoulder throws highlighting the budding chemistry with Tony Romo. Bryant’s huge day could have been even bigger being called for a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on a long gain, outright dropping another deep target, and Romo going away from Bryant with single coverage near the goal line. Bryant even confronted Romo after Dallas stalled in the red zone when single coverage signaled an opportunity for another touchdown between them.
Week 3 - After a huge Week two performance, Bryant was not needed against a Rams defense that could not stop the Dallas running game this week. Bryant got his touchdown early in the game on a goal line fade. On occasion in the red zone St.Louis played a safety over the top of Bryant’s side of the field, but this time Bryant was all alone with the defensive back. Bryant easily attacked the ball when it was in the air for the score. There was a possibility for an offensive pass interference penalty to be called on the play as Bryant was very physical with the defender as the ball was being released. Bryant was not targeted on deep routes; instead he converted first downs over the middle on in-cuts and slants in a possession role. A big day was not in the cards for Bryant, but he showed his usual ‘my ball’ mentality on the few chances he did have to make a play.
Week 4 - Bryant was the lone Dallas player to get in the end zone against the Chargers. He scored on a goal line fade route, high-pointing the pass over the defender in one-on-one coverage. Later in the first half, Bryant was wide open on a crossing route as he took it all the way for the score. Dallas surged ahead behind Bryant’s big plays in the first half, but he was held relatively in check in the second half as the Cowboys struggled on offense. Bryant could not haul in a diving sidelines target on third down, his most notable opportunity for a big play in the second half. He was fully extended and trying to keep his feet in-bounds as he could not haul in the pass. With two more touchdowns this week, Bryant now has a touchdown in ten of his last 12 games dating back to the middle of 2012, totaling 14 scores in the span. Bryant is also on pace for what would be career-highs with 92 receptions and 16 touchdowns through four games.
Week 5 - Bryant was unstoppable at times against Denver, especially when the Broncos defense played single coverage. Tony Romo found Bryant in the back of the end zone for the opening touchdown. Bryant secured the pass high above his head while tapping his toes down in-bounds, a true highlight play. Bryant had a few other impressive plays including a long catch-and-run to convert a third down. The play flipped field position from the shadow of Dallas’ end zone into the red zone as Bryant turned around multiple defenders with his open-field vision. He added yet another back shoulder goal line touchdown. The defensive back had little chance to stop the play as Romo and Bryant are developing quite the chemistry on those plays. When single coverage in the red zone presents itself, Bryant is getting a target, and converting, with regularity. In addition to his 141 yards, Bryant also drew a defensive pass interference penalty on a deep target down the sidelines and a sizeable gain on a crossing route reception was called back by a holding penalty. Bryant’s lone misstep was a fumble following a slant route reception when Dallas had an early 17-14 lead. The Cowboys early momentum and lead, turned into a deficit as the Broncos offense capitalized on the turnover.
Week 6 - Despite seeing the most targets in the Dallas passing game, it was an underwhelming game for Bryant against Washington. Bryant had three catches in the first two drives for the Cowboys, showing strong hands in tight coverage. He was working well in the short passing game, boxing out defenders for catches. Dallas took their foot off the gas offensively as the game progresses and their defense and special teams units controlled the game. They ran the ball near the end zone instead of targeting Bryant on fade route like previous weeks. Deangelo Hall played well as he shadowed Bryant most of the game. After their shootout against Denver in Week five, the Cowboys did not need the same aerial fireworks for the victory this week.
Week 7 - In what was a great matchup for Bryant against the Eagles, Tony Romo made a concerted effort to get him the ball early and often. Bryant appeared frustrated early in the game when tight coverage and physical play by defensive backs throughout Bryant’s pass routes disrupted his timing and resulted in incompletions. Bryant was consistently jawing at defensive players and even his teammates on the sidelines between drives. Romo and Bryant adjusted as the game progressed with more in-breaking routes as Bryant got free for short and intermediate receptions. Bryant had multiple end zone targets, but none were successful this week. He nearly scored on a red zone crossing route, finished his after-the-catch yardage just short of the goal line. Bryant was targeted on a hail mary at the end of the first half, which had a chance for a touchdown. On a goal line sequence, Bryant had two targets, one appeared to be pass interference on the incompletion, the other an inaccurate throw from Romo against single coverage. Philip Tanner plunged in for the touchdown after those two shots for Bryant. Romo was also off-target on a deep sideline pass where Bryant had to adjust awkwardly over his outside shoulder instead of towards the middle of the field. Despite the strong statistical performance this week, Bryant had another 50-75 yards and a touchdown or two left on the field with better accuracy from Romo.
Week 8 - Bryant was overshadowed by Calvin Johnson’s career day on the opposite side of the field in Detroit, but had his own highlight reel this week. It was a slow start for Bryant as he had just a single rushing attempt, a well-defended reverse, until the late second quarter. Bryant made a spectacular touchdown catch on a goal line fade route. There was blanket coverage by the defensive back, but a perfect back-shoulder throw by Tony Romo allowed Bryant the opportunity to make the one-handed reception. In the second half, Bryant spun away from two defenders after a deep out route, keeping his balance on the sideline as he sprinted for a 50-yard touchdown. Late in the game, Bryant drew a defensive pass interference penalty on an in-breaking route over the middle. Bryant was the focus of the Detroit secondary, creating room for Terrance Williams down the field. Like great receivers do, Bryant still got his as the game progressed, even with the extra attention.
Week 9 - After a lackluster performance in Week eight, Bryant was targeted early and often against Minnesota. Despite the porous secondary of the Vikings, in addition to starter Xavier Rhodes going down with injury in-game, it was a subpar game for Bryant this week. Bryant saw just one target deep down the field, which was an overthrow by Tony Romo on the run. Bryant gained yards after the catch with regularity on his short targets. He powered through a defender for a first down on the opening drive. The Vikings did a surprisingly good job in coverage of Bryant and Terrance Williams on the outside. Jason Witten and Cole Beasley were the targets with room to work throughout the game. When Romo was off-target, many were in Bryant’s direction. Three times Bryant got free, but throws were behind or high of the target range. If those throws were accurate, Bryant would have easily surpassed 100 yards on the day. In the second half, Bryant dropped a deep in-cut pass, which would have converted a second-and-long into field goal range. Instead Dallas punted on the drive. Bryant’s emotions got the better of him as he was called for offensive pass interference on a pass down the sidelines. He assumed it was a defensive penalty, and then took off his helmet to argue with the official following the call. That penalty took Dallas out of field goal range as well. Bryant redeemed himself with his biggest play of the game on the Cowboys final, and ultimately game-winning, drive. He cut across the field after an in-breaking route for 34 yards into Minnesota territory. It was a game of missed opportunities for Bryant as he left production on the field against a Minnesota secondary that has rarely slowed down opposing receivers this season.
Week 10 - The Saints gave Bryant the ‘Calvin Johnson’ treatment throughout the game, rolling two defenders to Bryant’s side of the field. In addition, a second defensive back was used at the line of scrimmage with press coverage on a few select third downs and red zone snaps. Bryant was a key focus of the defense from the very first snap. As a result, Bryant did not see a single target in the first half. The other pass-catchers for the Cowboys were unable to beat single coverage, so there was little incentive for New Orleans to deviate from their plan. Romo overthrew Bryant on a deep route early in the third quarter, their first attempt to connect of the game. Bryant found room down the field before the safety could recover from reacting to an intermediate route, but an off-target throw thwarted the potential long gain. Bryant’s lone reception came when he was motioned into the slot before the snap, something Detroit does with Calvin Johnson regularly. Bryant got away from double coverage on the play for a 44-yard gain. Using Bryant in the slot is not a staple in the Dallas offense, but his continued attention by defensive coverages may point to more snaps there in the coming games.
Week 12 - Bryant was at his best in the fourth quarter with the game on the line against the Giants. Early in the game, it was a focus of the offense to get Bryant the ball with three targets on the opening drive alone. On a slant route, Bryant bobbled an on-target pass from Tony Romo that bounced to a defender for an interception. In the third quarter, Bryant also fumbled a pass that was fortunately it out of bounds by a Giants player. Bryant would rebound from the interception and fumble with three big third-down conversions in the second half, including two on the game-winning drive. Romo and Bryant were locked in as the coverage was tight late in the game, but the pair prevailed time and time again moving the chains. There were no touchdown opportunities for Bryant and his lone target down the field would have been a circus catch on a broken play. A snap well over Romo’s head, led to a jump ball in Bryant’s direction, which he was unable to snare down the sidelines.
Week 13 - For the third time in the last four games, Bryant was held in check from getting loose down the field against the Raiders. Bryant did not see a target during the first 20 minutes of game time, at which time he dropped a smoke screen pass and fumbled followed a slant route reception. As Dallas found its way offensively, so did Bryant. He made a highlight touchdown catch, snaring a back-shoulder pass at the goal line with ease over the defender. Bryant created his own yards on a hitch route, making his way through three defenders for 19 yards. Bryant also drew a defensive pass interference in the game. Of late, the secondary options have not performed well enough to back defenses off from regularly double-teaming Bryant on the perimeter.
Week 14 - It was another relatively quiet game for Bryant against Chicago, logging two or less receptions for the second time in the past four games. His four targets this week marked the second time this season below six in a game. Dallas’ passing game rarely looked in-sync in the frigid conditions as Tony Romo overthrew Bryant twice on deep targets. Bryant’s lone highlight came on a back shoulder touchdown at the goal line as he beat single coverage. He had a single quick hitch reception for a short gain outside of the early touchdown. Green Bay and Washington over the next two weeks offer promising matchups for opposing passing games as Bryant looks to get back on track.
Week 15 - After seeing only 13 targets over the previous two games, Tony Romo and Bryant were determined to getting going this week against Green Bay. Bryant created separation on his routes, especially crossing over the middle, with regularity. His after-the-catch skills were on display as he ran over Morgan Burnett in the red zone on one occasion and eluded a defensive back twice on another reception to gain first down yardage. The deep targets, however, eluded the pair as Romo’s accuracy down the field was fleeting. Big plays were available, but rarely executed for the Dallas offense this week. Bryant eclipsed 100 yards in the first half alone, but the potential for a huge game, 200 or more yards and multiple touchdowns, were in the cards. Bryant fought for contested targets against single coverage, but those targets were contested largely because of off-target passes by Romo. On his highlight play, Bryant corralled a jump ball in the back of the end zone over a defender’s attempt at an interception. While in the air, Bryant located the end line and got both feet in-bounds. As the clock ticked down and Dallas had squandered a big halftime lead, Bryant left the field with over a minute to play and headed to the locker room. Despite 153 yards and seeing a season-high 17 targets, Bryant and the Cowboys absorbed crucial home loss this week.
Week 16 - Bryant nearly doubled the second-most active receiver in the passing game against Washington after 17 targets a week ago. While Bryant caught just 4-of-11 targets, three of his receptions were key components to Dallas’ victory. In the first quarter, Bryant landed hard on his shoulder following a sideline target. After being attended to, he was back in the lineup on the next offensive series. Bryant had two end zone targets, converting one into a touchdown. After Tony Romo escaped pressure in the pocket, Bryant shook free from an initial double-team in the back of the end zone. With a diving grab and a savvy dragging of his toes, Bryant staked Dallas to a 14-6 second quarter lead. In the third quarter, Bryant slipped out of his break on a comeback route, which Deangelo Hall read well, which led to an interception and Washington eventually taking the lead. Late in the game, Bryant took a smoke route 15 yards to set up Dallas’ game-winning touchdown.
Week 17 - It was a slow start for Bryant against Philadelphia as a safety routinely played over the top and he was relegated to short crossing routes in the first half. In the second half, Kyle Orton made an effort to target Bryant down the field when he saw single coverage. The duo rarely exhibited strong chemistry, however, as Orton overthrew Bryant on three occasions. Bryant could not haul in a deep jump ball in the end zone on another target. On one of the game’s biggest plays, Bryant was targeted on fourth-and-nine in the fourth quarter as Dallas was down by eight points. Bryant beat the single coverage, broke a tackle in front of the first down marker, and raced to the end zone for the long score. Bryant was targeted on a back shoulder fade on the two-point conversion attempt, but the pass was tipped away. Bryant had a strong second half, especially the fourth quarter, as Dallas’ comeback attempt came up just short. Bryant had a strong finish to the season, scoring in the last five games for 13 total touchdowns on the season. Bryant is the first wide receiver since Randy Moss to begin his career with 35 or more receiving touchdowns in his first four NFL seasons.