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Dez Bryant | Wide Receiver

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Oklahoma State
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Dez Bryant caught all three of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' second preseason game Saturday night.
He caught three of Tony Romo's four completions before exiting with the first-team offense after two possessions of action. Bryant was the best player on the field in Saturday's clash with the Ravens, and is a locked-in top-ten fantasy pick regardless of format. With Romo showing his back isn't a major concern, Dez is worth considering as early as the No. 7 fantasy pick overall. Aug 16 - 10:04 PM

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Through two weeks of training camp, Dez Bryant has been "just as good if not better" than he's been over the last two seasons.

Bryant has posted back-to-back campaigns of 90+ catches, 1,200+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, and is showing no signs of slowing down as he enters his prime. Now in a contract year, he has even more upside this year thanks to the presence of Scott Linehan, a defense that will yield shootouts and an offensive line that will give Tony Romo tons of time. There's not too much separating Bryant, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas right now.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 11 - 11:08 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill says the Cowboys have "plenty of space" under the salary cap to extend Dez Bryant.

This conflicts with a report from Ian Rapoport, who said Tyron Smith's $98 million extension would make a new contract for Bryant "nearly impossible." Hill disagrees, saying the Cowboys still have "a little less that $10 million" in cap space. Regardless of the logistics, it does not appear Dallas and Dez are close to an agreement.
Jul 30 - 6:41 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Cowboys LT Tyron Smith's new contract makes an extension for Dez Bryant "nearly impossible."

Rapoport added there had been "little progress anyway," and that Dez "may benefit from playing it out." Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, but the Cowboys have reservations about handing a big-money extension to a player with the injury and the off-the-field history of Bryant. Dallas' train wreck of a salary-cap also does not help the situation. Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 30 - 3:12 PM

Tony Romo said that if he were getting married this year, Dez Bryant would be a groomsman.

Romo and Bryant are in their fifth year together. "He's like a little brother to me," the quarterback said. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has 185 catches, 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns -- and now he has Scott Linehan on his side. Linehan has proven to be an expert at getting alpha receivers open, as evidenced by Randy Moss in Minnesota, Torry Holt in St. Louis and most recently Calvin Johnson. Linehan even coaxed a top-ten fantasy season out of Chris Chambers in Miami.
Jul 28 - 8:04 AM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys and walk-year WR Dez Bryant have had "several" contract discussions, but are "not close" to a long-term agreement.

According to reporter Tim MacMahon, Bryant believes he's "earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league," but understands he'll likely have to wait. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of," Bryant said Thursday. Making $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract, Bryant is one of the biggest bargains in the league. The Cowboys' salary-cap disaster will surely make any long-term talks complex.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 24 - 11:02 PM

ESPN Dallas indicates Jimmy Graham's four-year, $40 million deal that contains $21 million guaranteed could be a baseline for Dez Bryant's next contract.

That would be the absolute floor for Bryant, who will in all likelihood blow Graham's deal out of the water. Bryant turns 26 in November, while Graham will be 28 in the same month. Unlike Graham, Dez can beat cornerbacks deep and rip the top off a defense. He arguably hasn't even reached his prime and very well could overtake Calvin Johnson as the top receiver in the game, as Megatron is closing in on his 30th birthday. Johnson is operating on a seven-year, $113 million deal with Detroit. Bryant is owed just $1.78 million this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 15 - 3:45 PM

The Cowboys "would like to move Dez Bryant around more" in new passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan's offense.

Typically an "X" receiver, Bryant worked at Z and slot during spring practices, also shedding nearly ten pounds. Linehan has an extensive history of freeing up Type A No. 1 wideouts, from Randy Moss in Minnesota to Torry Holt in St. Louis and most recently Calvin Johnson. Linehan even coaxed a top-eight fantasy wideout season out of Chris Chambers (82-1,118-11) with the 2005 Dolphins.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 3 - 6:20 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't feel a sense of urgency to extend Dez Bryant's contract.

Bryant is entering the last year of his rookie contract. "I don’t know that we have any issues relative to timing there, at all, with any of our contracts," Jones said Tuesday. For his part, Bryant says he's "just going to sit back here and see what happens." Bryant is a fearless player who lays his body on the line — perhaps making him a threat to break down earlier than most — so the Cowboys may be content to let him play out his rookie deal ahead of a 2015 franchise-tag assignment.
Jun 17 - 7:38 PM

Dez Bryant says he dropped a few pounds this offseason and is down to 212-214.

It's worth noting Bryant's 2010 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot-2, 224. He claims he played at 218 last season. Bryant believes a back injury that has nagged him the past few seasons will be less of an issue at the lighter weight. Still only 25 years old, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 5 - 9:37 PM

Dez Bryant is getting reps at "Z" and slot during OTAs.

Bryant has mostly been an "X" receiver throughout his four-year career, allowing defenses to locate and swarm him. Scott Linehan, who has helped guide Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson to huge seasons in the past, will do a better job of freeing up Dez. There's no excuse for him to see fewer than 10 targets in a game like he did eight times last year. Thanks to Linehan, a sieve-like defense and unmistakable natural talent, Bryant is a threat to be fantasy's No. 1 receiver this year.
Jun 4 - 9:18 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed that signing Dez Bryant to a long-term extension before the season is "a real possibility."

"We're certainly taking a long look at that," Jones said. "As we do with any great player in our organization who's nearing the end of a contract. I think that's a possibility, yes." The Cowboys have opened preliminary talks with Bryant and could sign him to a new deal in training camp. Bryant is set to earn just $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
May 30 - 7:04 PM

Dez Bryant said his agent has had preliminary talks with the Cowboys on a long-term extension.

Bryant, who is set to earn just $1.78 million as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract, deservedly wants to be among the highest paid receivers in the league. He might be willing to give a slight hometown discount, but the Cowboys are going to have to come up with more than $10 million annually. Over the last two seasons, Bryant ranks seventh in catches (185), sixth in yards (2,615) and is tied for first with 25 touchdowns.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 28 - 9:57 AM

ESPN Dallas suggests the Cowboys could sign Dez Bryant to a long-term extension in training camp.

Bryant is scheduled to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract. ESPN's Todd Archer believes a deal for LT Tyron Smith could take precedence over Bryant. Dallas has just $5.37 million in cap space, so signing him long-term could prove difficult. Bryant will be seeking an annual salary in excess of Brandon Marshall's four-year, $40 million contract.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 23 - 8:48 PM

Dez Bryant says he's in the best shape of his life.

As HardballTalk's Craig Calcaterra would attest, this is usually a baseball cliché, but Bryant is opting for "best shape of my life" instead of football's standard "added 15 pounds of muscle." "I’ve been working six days out of the week," Bryant said. "That’s all I’ve been doing. This year is special." Presumably, Bryant has decided to make this a "special" season because he's going into the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 15 - 1:52 PM

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QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Caleb Hanie
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
4Ryan Williams
5D.J. Adams
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Tim Benford
4Jamar Newsome
5Dezmon Briscoe
WR21Terrance Williams
2Dwayne Harris
3Devin Street
4LaRon Byrd
5Chris Boyd
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Jordan Najvar
5Asa Watson
K1Dan Bailey