I continue the “A Season In Review” series today with one of the most popular, yet polarizing players in the NFL. With the ability to be a game-changer, Dez Bryant has blossomed in front of our eyes throughout his NFL career. In his first few years, Bryant was arrested multiple times. He was arrested for having his pants too low in public, and he even had a domestic violence charge from smacking his mom.
It has truly been a blessing for Cowboy fans to watch this uber-athlete develop into the star player many knew he could be. Bryant has the size and speed that is big-time weapon for an NFL offense. There were times this past season where Bryant was triple-covered, and he still was able to make plays on the ball. Let’s take a look at some of Bryant’s numbers in 2013:
(all stats courtesy of NFL.com):
- 93 receptions
- 1,233 receiving yards
- 13 touchdowns
- 3 fumbles lost
While Bryant didn’t catch 20 touchdowns or have over 2,000 yards like he said he could. It is still worth noting that Bryant was outstanding in 2013. In 2012, Bryant mainly went against single-coverage. But in 2013, defenses were using two men to shut him down. There were a few games where did little-to-nothing, but that can happen with any player.
One big problem I have with the Dallas Cowboys is that they try to spread it out too much. It is clear that Bryant is the best weapon on this team, and that is without a question. The explosiveness, the speed, the athleticism, Bryant is one of the players in this game. In my mind, he is without a doubt a top five NFL receiver.
I would like to see Tony Romo target Dez even more. Matthew Stafford throws to Calvin Johnson even if the latter is triple-covered. That is something I would like to see in the near future. Bryant is capable of doing some special things in a Cowboy uniform.
Final Grade: A-
I’m giving Dez an A- because there are still some things he can work on. The biggest thing is staying on the field for four downs. Cowboy fans… do you remember Romo’s interception to Sam Shields in the Packers game? Well, that play is usually supposed to go to Dez. But, he was taking a breather on the sidelines instead. Everyone knew Miles Austin would not fight for that ball. But if it was Bryant, he would try his best to catch the ball, regardless of if it was thrown behind him. I’m praying that the Jerry Jones and co. will find enough money to extend Dez’s contract for the future.
To check out my previous piece in the “A Season In Review” series, check out my article on Tyler Clutts here.