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Dez Bryant | Wide Receiver

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
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Dez Bryant secured 3-of-4 targets for 38 yards in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.
Rather than shadow Dez with a specific cornerback, the Packers "played sides" on the perimeter. Bryant still wasn't targeted heavily in a dink-and-dunk attack. His first catch came late in the second quarter, gaining eight on a quick screen out of the slot. Because Green Bay used so much zone, Tony Romo predominately worked around the line of scrimmage, moving the chains with Jason Witten and Cole Beasley. Bryant did draw a long PI flag on Tramon Williams in the third quarter, and ripped off a 20-yard chunk play later in that frame. Due to the NFL's ridiculous and essentially inexplicable "Calvin Johnson Rule," Dez was stripped of a physically dominant 31-yard jump-ball catch on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Bryant is scheduled for 2015 free agency, though there's no chance the Cowboys let him get away. He turned 26 two months ago and is arguably the best receiver in the game. Short of a long-term extension, Dez will be franchise tagged. Jan 11 - 4:38 PM

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The Packers are not expected to "overextend their scheme" to stop Dez Bryant.

On Sunday, the Lions used an effective Darius Slay and plenty of double teams to hold Dez to a 3-48-0 line on three targets. Expect a bounce-back performance in the Divisional Round. Unlike the Lions, the Packers will be forced to slide safety Morgan Burnett into the box to try to stop DeMarco Murray. That will leave Tramon Williams (PFF's No. 34 CB) and Sam Shields (No. 71) on Bryant. Green Bay gave up two touchdowns to Calvin Johnson in Week 17 and 11-259-1 to Julio Jones in Week 14. When the Cowboys and Packers matched up in December of 2013, Dez went off for 11-153-1 on 17 targets.
Jan 6 - 8:35 AM

Dez Bryant secured 3-of-3 targets for 48 yards in the Cowboys' Wild Card Round win over the Lions.

After Rashean Mathis left with a first-quarter quad injury, the Lions stuck Darius Slay on Bryant and let him play physical press coverage. Constantly double teamed and largely struggling to get off Slay's jam, Dez was targeted just once until midway through the third quarter. Bryant finally got loose for a big third-quarter play, beating Lions WLB DeAndre Levy on a crosser and breaking off a 43-yard gain, busting several tackles to set up a short DeMarco Murray score. Bryant was bottled up on his third catch, getting rag-dolled by Mathis for a gain of three. Dez's coverage-demanding presence created room for Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten at other areas of the field. Expect a big bounce-back game in the Divisional Round against the Packers.
Jan 4 - 8:01 PM

Dez Bryant caught 4-of-6 targets for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Bryant embarrassed saloon-door CB David Amerson on both his touchdowns. Dez shed an Amerson "tackle" on a 65-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter, and whipped him in the end zone for a 23-yard number four minutes later. Bryant finishes 2014 with 16 scores, a new Cowboys record. That's along with 88 catches for 1,320 yards. Bryant has an unbelievable 41 scores over the past three seasons.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Jerry Jones reiterated that impending free agent Dez Bryant won't be leaving Dallas.

The Cowboys are working on a long-term, break the bank kind of deal for Bryant. Jones has the leverage though, as he can apply the franchise tag and retain Dez on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Bryant has put together an All-Pro kind of contract-season campaign, posting 84-1,221-14 while playing in all 15 games so far.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Dez Bryant caught all five of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Colts.

Bryant skied over Greg Toler for a 19-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and generally dominated the Colts defensive backs anytime the ball went his way. Unfortunately for Bryant's fantasy owners, the Colts put up almost zero resistance, and Tony Romo only had to throw the ball 20 times in the game. Bryant leads the league with 14 touchdown receptions this season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:34:00 PM

Dez Bryant had six catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Bryant scored all three of his touchdowns against Eagles CB Bradley Fletcher. The Cowboys were able to get him more involved after he was held out of the end-zone the last two weeks. He's now up to 79 catches, 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bryant will remain a high-end WR1 for next week's matchup with the Colts.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 12:41:00 AM

Dez Bryant caught 6-of-8 passes for 82 yards in Dallas' Week 14 win over the Bears.

Bryant appeared to be on his way toward a massive night after catching three passes on Dallas' opening drive, but was targeted just five times thereafter as the Cowboys ran it down Chicago's throat. When the Cowboys weren't running, they were throwing to Cole Beasley as the Bears blanketed Bryant. Bryant has now been held out of the end zone in back-to-back games, but will be a strong bet to find pay-dirt in next week's rematch with Cary Williams and the Eagles.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 11:53:00 PM

Dez Bryant caught four passes for 73 yards in Thursday's Week 13 loss to the Eagles.

Bryant was held out of the end-zone for the first time in four weeks. He made a contested 38-yard catch over Bradley Fletcher in the first quarter, but was otherwise held in check. Bryant is on pace for an 89/1,269/13 line through 12 games. He'll be a high-end WR1 for next week's matchup with the Bears.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 08:42:00 PM

Dez Bryant caught seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 12 win over the Giants.

The Giants held Bryant in check in the first half, shadowing him with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for most of the game. He was left wide open on a 31-yard catch and run for his first score, and caught the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute in the fourth quarter. Bryant is now up to a 63/879/10 line this season. He'll be a top-three option against the Eagles secondary on Thursday.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 01:20:00 AM

The Giants don't plan to use Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in shadow coverage on Dez Bryant.

DRC has been unable to play every defensive snap in recent weeks because of an IT band injury that is affecting his back, leg, and hamstring. Giants DC Perry Fewell mentions CB Chykie Brown, who was plucked off waivers from the Ravens, as a candidate to see extended snaps vs. Bryant on Sunday night. Dez has a touchdown and/or 100-plus yards in eight of his last nine games.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 08:48:00 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he hopes to have walk-year WR Dez Bryant finish his career in Dallas.

Jones confirmed the sides have had "serious" contract talks. Jones' son, Stephen, says the Cowboys have made some "really nice" offers, and are confident the sides will come to an accord. For his part, Bryant has said he'd be "highly disappointed" to be franchise tagged. DeMarcus Ware notwithstanding, Jerry rarely lets homegrown talent get away. Bryant should remain with Big D for 2015 and beyond.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Dez Bryant caught 6-of-8 targets for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 10 win over the Jaguars.

Dez did all of his damage in the second quarter. He rumbled through several Jaguars defenders on a 35-yard catch-and-run in the second, and shrugged off a tackle from Dwayne Gratz on his way to a 68-yard score to close out the first half. After an infuriating day with Brandon Weeden under center, Bryant was right back to his dominant self in Week 10. He will be a high-end WR1 when the Cowboys come out of their bye Week 12.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Contract-year WR Dez Bryant said he'd be "highly disappointed" if the Cowboys slap him with the franchise tag this offseason.

Bryant recently fired agent Eugene Parker and hired Jay Z's Roc Nation. He's subsequently changed his stance on negotiations and is willing to work something out during the season. Bryant, who turns just 26 years old Tuesday and has been a model citizen off the field of late, is seeking a deal that will pay him around $13 million per year. A long-term deal should get done as the franchise tag would badly eat into an already mangled Cowboys salary cap situation.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Dez Bryant caught 2-of-10 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' Week 9 loss to the Cardinals.

Both of Bryant's catches came in the game's final 1:55, when the result was no longer in doubt. Bryant whipped CB Patrick Peterson in the end zone for his score. Brandon Weeden was the culprit for Bryant's dreadful day, though Bryant also drew two penalties on Cardinals DBs. Bryant's lone mistake was a third-down drop. Weeden was completely ineffective this afternoon, so it will be a concern for Bryant's Week 10 status if Tony Romo (back) isn't ready to return in London.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 04:39:00 PM