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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10/07/15 - WR Dez Bryant is targeting a return for the Oct. 25 game against the New York Giants. Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener against the Giants.
"Dez, of course, is Superman," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "I say that without a smile. He heals extraordinarily quick. His procedure went well. He's sound with the procedure. Everything they did, by the way, the [bone] graft all that, it enhances his chance to get out there. I think he's got a chance to do it after the bye."
10/06/15 - WR Dez Bryant is on pace to return to the Cowboys as soon as Oct. 23.
The Cowboys are off next week following Sunday's matchup with the undefeated New England Patriots, when linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Greg Hardy are expected to play for Dallas for the first time this season.
Owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday more reinforcements could be coming soon, namely Bryant, who had surgery to repair a broken right foot. Bryant was hurt in the third quarter of the Cowboys' season opener last month.
"Dez, of course, is Superman," Jones said on 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas. "I say that without a smile. He heals extraordinarily quick. His procedure went well. He's sound with the procedure. Everything they did, by the way, the graft all that, it enhances his chance to get out there. I think he's got a chance to do it after the bye."
Bryant had bone graft surgery and his estimated return was set at between 6-12 weeks, depending on his rate of recovery. On Monday, vice president Stephen Jones told The Fan that Bryant was very much on pace and had experienced no setbacks.
10/05/15 - WR Dez Bryant (foot fracture) has a chance to return for the Oct. 25 game against the New York Giants, team vice president Stephen Jones said. Bryant has sidelined since the opener against the Giants. A return on Oct. 25 would be his recovery right at the six-week range the Cowboys anticipated initially.
09/24/15 - WR Dez Bryant has yet to return to practice after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured bone in his foot. He is expected to be out at least five more games.
But Bryant is getting advice from everyone on his foot and got some from Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who suffered the same injury.
"With Dez, he's just going to have to take time and get healed up properly," Jones said on a conference call Wednesday. "You don't want to rush it and then it sets you back. If you come back too early, then it can put you back again. So, my thing to Dez is, just get fully healthy and then you can go out there and help your teammates."
Jones was diagnosed with a broken foot a day after the 2011 NFL combine, and eventually underwent surgery. Atlanta still made him a first-round pick (sixth overall) in that year's draft, and he was ready to go for the regular season.
But Jones reinjured the foot during the 2013 season, something that ended his season after only five games. That required a more extensive surgery that put him on bed rest for about two months.
Going through it twice, Jones is well aware of how difficult it is to be patient.
"It was very difficult for me, but I understood the bigger picture," Jones said. "The next year I didn't want to be going through the same thing again, and I've been back a year now and going into this year I haven't had a foot injury or problem at all with my foot."
09/21/15 - WR Dez Bryant underwent a bone graft as well as having a screw placed in his foot during surgery to repair a fractured bone foot. The procedure had not changed the timetable for his return. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.
Last year, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot - the same as Bryant - and had a similar procedure that included a bone graft. He broke the bone in practice on July 30, 2014, was placed on short-term IR and returned for a Nov. 2 game. The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot, connecting to the little toe.