Data Scout Notes: PMaxwell/PBiletnikoff/PWCamp/P1stM-WR/KR, STPOY, 1stWR/1stKR
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Receiver Dez Bryant - Bryant was widely considered a top ten pick and was easily the best receiver in the draft. The Cowboys have regrets about letting Randy Moss go by in 1998 because of off field issues. They weren't going to make the same mistake twice with another game-breaking receiver who will also have an immediate impact on punt and kickoff returns.
A closer look at the Cowboys picks: Round 1/24 - Dez Bryant, WR, 6-2, 225, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys traded up three spots with New England to secure another weapon for quarterback Tony Romo. He will eventually replace Roy Williams in the starting lineup opposite Miles Austin. - by The Sports Xchange
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08/20/14 - WR Dez Bryant's improvement as a route runner and the team's growing trust in him in that area is manifested in how Cowboys are using him in the slot to find more creative ways to get him the ball. Bryant's status as strictly an outside receiver because of his route running and limited knowledge of the offense is one reason he had problems getting away from double teams in the past. But now he will be moved all over the field as a featured and primary weapon under new play-caller Scott Linehan. "That's part of the plan," Bryant said. "The more you learn, the more stuff you get thrown at you. We're going to see. I'm excited about it and we'll see where it goes from there."
08/17/14 - WR Dez Bryant had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Bryant said it was just a tease as he is planning for a big year. "I think Dez played just like he's been practicing, almost consistently throughout training camp," owner Jerry Jones said. "He's made those kinds of plays. He's a force out there. I'm sure we'll see he was really focused in the game and had a lot of energy. Dez has continued to work on saving his energy early so it'll be there late, and I think he's doing that."
07/30/14 - WR Dez Bryant is next up on the contract hit list for the Cowboys now that tackle Tyron Smith has been locked up through 2023 with an eight-year, $98 million contract extension. Bryant is in the final year of his contract. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are "working hard" with Bryant's representatives to lock up the receiver for the foreseeable future. "We're totally committed to make Dez a Cowboy for life," Jones said. "Our plans from Day 1 ... figure a way to get Dez and Tryon extended."
Bryant is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1.78 million in base salary this season. That is a bargain for a player coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he had 1,233 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns. It was his second consecutive season with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 13 TDs.
06/06/14 - WR Dez Bryant isn't letting his demands for a contract interfere with his approach to practice and getting ready for the 2014 season.
Bryant is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1.78 million in 2014. He has certainly outplayed his contract considering he is widely ranked as one of the game's best receivers.
Detroit's Calvin Johnson is the league's highest-paid receiver with an average of $16.2 million per season. Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald ($16.1 million), Seattle's Percy Harvin ($12.9 million) and Miami's Mike Wallace ($12 million) also rank among the highest-paid at the position.
"I love this game, and I always have," Bryant said. "As long as I keep doing what I'm doing, that stuff will handle itself.
"I'm not going to be out here, sitting out and doing all that crazy stuff," Bryant added. "I'm just going to play football. If it's deserved, it will come."
Bryant's approach has not gone unnoticed by Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who compared his passion and work ethic to Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.
"He's over there by himself with a couple of managers, hammering footballs at him, catching balls," Garrett said. "I told our film guy, film that, and I showed our team that in the team meeting, because Dez Bryant arguably has the best hands I've ever seen. Players on our team feel the same way. He's just such a natural, a natural catching the football. I tried to make the point to our team that you're really not a natural catching the football, Dez just catches more balls than anybody else. He's worn my arm out; he's worn the managers' arms out; the quarterbacks' arms out.
"He loves the game," Garrett continued gushing. "He has a great passion for the game. Contract aside, he's not worried about that. He's trying to get himself to be the best player he can be to help our team be the best it can be. He does it every day. He's really demonstrated some leadership qualities. I have a great fondness for Michael Irvin.
12/25/13 - --WR Dez Bryant was added to the injury report Wednesday when he was limited in practice by a back injury. The Cowboys don't think is anything serious and he is expected to play on Sunday.