News: Bryant won't return punts in preseason

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  1. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    By Calvin Watkins

    SAN ANTONIO -- When the Cowboys open the preseason, don't expect Dez Bryant to return punts.

    Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said he wants to evaluate some other return men in the preseason starting Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the Denver Broncos.

    "I don't think we will need him back there," DeCamillis said after Friday's practice.

    Last season, Bryant returned 15 punts for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on a 93-yarder vs. the New York Giants and a 62-yard burst vs. the Chicago Bears.

    Rookie receiver Dwayne Harris, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and corner Bryan McCann will field punts in the preseason opener.

    Bryant won't return kickoffs, either.
  2. UnoDallas

    UnoDallas Benched

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    good this should go to all the games
  3. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    Wouldn't expect him to in pre season.

    But he should still be returning punts in the regular season in specific situations. Not every one though.
  4. RCowboyFan

    RCowboyFan Active Member

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    Thats foolish way to win games. You don't hide your players from injuries. Sure you don't put them in both Punt and Kick Returns everytime, when they are your starters, but you don't completely shield them either.

    As for pre-season, obviously thats a no brainer.
  5. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Disagree, unless someone else shows the potential to score on every punt.

    Dez is a playmaker as a punt returner, and he should be back there just as much as Deion Sanders deserved that job as a starting corner.
  6. Risen Star

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    Agreed. As long as it's every week in certain situations. He's too good not to use.
  7. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    we need him for the regular season games though,he is a game changer back there..
  8. Deep_Freeze

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    I'm pretty interested how well Harris will perform in this role. His value shoots up if can show a spark back there.
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    He better in the regular season.

    Otherwise the team is deliberately weakening that portion of the team.
  10. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I think this makes sense. Save Dez until our blocking schemes are all set and everyone knows what to do. He simply is too important for our plans this year as a pass receiver to risk running back kicks during the pre-season.

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