Dez Bryant WR DAL 6 Days
Dez Bryant caught seven balls for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Raiders.
The Cowboys still need to do a better job of scheming Bryant open; he's their best player and was too quiet for long stretches on Thanksgiving. But he executed a four-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder fade in the third quarter, and served as a possession threat against the Raiders. The Cowboys need to get Dez banging defenses at the second and third levels again. When he's being fed to all parts of the field, Bryant is capable of taking over games.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 10 Days
The NFL has deducted 11 yards from Dez Bryant's Week 12 receiving total.
Bryant made a reception in the fourth quarter, fumbled the ball backwards, and is now "credited" with an 11-yard loss. The Cowboys recovered the fumble, but this is a situation that could change the outcome of some Week 12 fantasy head-to-head games. Dez finishes with nine grabs for 91 yards instead of 102. Tony Romo's passing yardage total has also dropped from 250 to 234 because all in all the Cowboys lost 16 yards on the play.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 16 Days
Dez Bryant said the Cowboys have been developing ideas to get him off double coverage during the bye week.
Over the last three games, Bryant is averaging just 3.3 catches for 60.0 yards with two touchdowns on 6.3 targets per day. The Cowboys have essentially let defenses take their best player out of the gameplan, forcing him into decoy status. Dez sounds confident that won't be an issue going forward. "You will see what happens," he said Monday. "I've been seeing (double coverage) for a (while) now; we've been working on it." The schedule is certainly ripe for Bryant down the stretch: at NYG, vs. OAK, at CHI, vs. GB and at WAS in fantasy Super Bowl week.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 24 Days
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett credited the Saints' defensive concepts with taking away Dez Bryant in Week 10.
It wasn't Bryant's back. The Saints used double and triple teams and bracket coverage to hold Bryant to one catch for 44 yards. The Cowboys have to do a better job offensively of scheming Dez open, using "man beaters" like stack and bunch. "Teams will come out and double him in a lot of different ways, and they did that," Garrett acknowledged. "They did that in all our different formations and personnel groups. They did the same with (Jason) Witten. We didn't do a good enough job finding the other guys who were getting isolated."
Dez Bryant WR DAL 24 Days
Dez Bryant said his back didn't bother him at all during Sunday night's loss at New Orleans.
The Saints defense, not Bryant's back, was the culprit here. Thanks to constant double teams and a physical approach at the line of scrimmage, Dez had just one catch for 44 yards on two targets. "I just do as asked. That's what I do. I can't answer that," he said when asked why he wasn't more involved. Bryant is averaging just 6.3 targets per game over the last three weeks. The Cowboys need to spend the bye figuring out how to use their best player.