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News: ESPND: Five-star: Dez Bryant still having growing pains

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Nov 23
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    By Calvin Watkins

    Five-star question: Why does Dez Bryant have only 11 second-half receptions this season?

    It's not easy to answer. Dez Bryant is a wonderful talent, called a freak by coaches and teammates. He's able to make plays on the fly and within the structure of the offense. Defenses are able to contain Bryant with double-teams from a variety of players, cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers. It seems Bryant struggles when pressed. He doesn't know how to get free and into his route. It's understandable because he's still a young player. He hasn't played a full NFL season yet due to injury and the lack of practice time and playing time costs him.

    The other issue is the Cowboys run the ball more in the second half of games thanks to DeMarco Murray's emergence the last five weeks. If you're running the ball, it means fewer opportunities for Bryant to get involved in the passing attack.

    Another interesting point regarding Bryant is the trust level Tony Romo has with two players:

    Read the rest: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowb...star-answer-bryant-still-having-growing-pains
  2. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    (reference to critical OT catch conveniently omitted)
  3. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    I'm critical of certain aspects of Dez but he's been improving the past few games. The kid is humble and hungry; his game is still rounding out. I found it refreshing when I heard him say he's picked up a lot of things in Laurant Robinson's game that he's applying to his own.
  4. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Yup ... thats how you build the trust level.

    I seriously think Tony and Robinson has clicked so quickly because he runs his routs a lot like Crayton and it makes Tony go to him.
  5. Givincer

    Givincer Active Member

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    I've heard Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson attribute it to Bryant not being in good enough shape, which, of course, is utterly ridiculous. :laugh2:
  6. 28 Joker

    28 Joker 28 Joker

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    If Dez Bryant is "still a work in progress", go get me another one like him. The guy has been very productive pretty much all year. He has been consistent, and that means something. Also, Bryant does significant damage on his catches. He has 6 TDs. His lines have been impressive, and he's drawing the double teams. Plus,he is making clutch, game winning catches.

    Here are Bryant's lines for the year:

    3-71-1 (LG 42)

    4-63- (LG 30)

    3-37-2 (LG 25)

    4-78 (LG 33)

    5-90-1 (LG 34)

    3-28 (LG 11)

    4-76 (LG 39)

    6-74-1 (LG 34)

    3-68-1 (LG 26)

    Bryant is averaging 16.7 yards per catch.

    With 6 games left and hopefully at least 2 playoff games, Bryant should continue to be extremely explosive and productive with his catches.

    Bryant is only averaging 3.5 catches per game, but he is having a significant impact on the games. Austin has missed significant time, and Bryant is drawing double teams.

    Also, who did Darelle Revis cover? I think that was the ultimate complement.
  7. Cowboys&LakersFan

    Cowboys&LakersFan Benched

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    Great post. Dez Bryant reminds me a lot of Randy Moss. He doesn't have a ton of catches, but he's get a lot of receiving yards. Anyone who says Dez has been a disappointment doesn't know what they're talking about.
  8. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Dez is a young bronco... They are turning him into a smooth stallion.
  9. 28 Joker

    28 Joker 28 Joker

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    Yeah. Dez Bryant is getting it done. I just looked at STATS, and check these stats out:

    Dez is...

    15th in YPC

    6th in >25 yard receptions

    10th in % of First Downs/Rec

    4th in 1st Down Catches on 3rd Down

    2nd in Receiving TDs in the First Half
  10. Cowboys&LakersFan

    Cowboys&LakersFan Benched

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    Not too shabby for a second year player and first year starter. :)
  11. 28 Joker

    28 Joker 28 Joker

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    Indeed....

    Dez Bryant is an extremely explosive player right now.
  12. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Could it be that after getting absolutely roasted in the 1st half, teams double him hard in the 2nd half of games?
  13. Cowboysfan570

    Cowboysfan570 Well-Known Member

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    That was certainly the case when he humiliated Revis. Loss or no that play still brings a smile to my face.
  14. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    You didn't watch the game did you?

    How many passes did he get on Revis?

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