The rate at which Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has been improving and growing as a player has made him near unstoppable as one of the NFL’s top receivers. No disrespect to the people who would argue that the crown should remain with Calvin Johnson, his legitimate comparison. However, with the high-powered offense that the Cowboys plan to have on the field this season along with Calvin Johnson’s previous play-caller Scott Linehan, expect Bryant to have an even more explosive season to favor his case.
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— Athlete Pride (@TheAthletePride) August 13, 2014
We all know Dez Bryant is a very physical, passionate, and hard-working player, but the amount of respect he has gained over the past two seasons on and off the field has been tremendous. It doesn’t seem to matter where the ball is thrown, he will consistently match up against any cornerback and make something happen. It looks too easy. Terrific hands and acrobatic body positioning are two of the many traits that continue to make Bryant a nightmare for opposing defenses to try and handle.
Calvin Johnson may have been targeted more each game, but Bryant is more sure-handed and has accounted for more catches and yards per-target. In 2013 Bryant had 93 receptions for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. We can assume these numbers will increase dramatically with an improved offensive line, new play-caller, and the many weapons alongside Bryant. In an already pass-happy league, Linehan and Romo will have no problem using Bryant in a variety of ways to get the ball in his hands.
— NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2014
The way he has performed this off-season, there are high expectations for Bryant to break his personal single-season records. After already performing well the past two seasons, this should have all of Cowboys Nation buzzing. Wearing the number 88 for the Dallas Cowboys isn’t easy shoes to fill, but what better way to fill them than to grow into the leagues most prominent receiver.