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Dez Bryant could remain as Cowboys punt returner

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One of the six turnovers than sank the Cowboys last Sunday against the Giants came on a fumble by Dez Bryant when he couldn’t handle a punt in the first quarter.

It was the second straight week with a major blunder by Bryant in that role. Add his miniscule 5.5 yards per punt return and it isn’t hard to imagine the Cowboys making a change in the role in the coming weeks. If that change comes, though, it doesn’t sound like the Cowboys have decided to make it yet. While Jerry Jones stressed ball security as the most important thing in the kick return game, coach Jason Garrett said that he hasn’t made any decision on that front.

“I don’t want to make any definitive statements about how we’re going to use guys,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Certainly, the play he had [Sunday] in the ballgame was not a good play for our football team.”

Bryant only returned one more punt on Sunday with Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris handling the duties until the final Giants punt of the afternoon. The Cowboys could go a similar route in the future, using Bryant only if they feel the potential reward outweighs the risks.

Bryant had five catches for 110 yards and almost won the game with an acrobatic catch in the final seconds that was correctly ruled out of bounds. He also had the fumble and ran a poor route that set up the first of Tony Romo’s four interceptions. That kind of balance has been a hallmark of Bryant’s play this season with great plays mitigated by major errors and the end result isn’t working out for the Cowboys.

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6 Responses to “Dez Bryant could remain as Cowboys punt returner”
  1. mlenenski says: Oct 31, 2012 9:29 AM

    As much as his on-air persona bores me now, when it came to punt returns, Deion Sanders was the man.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2012 9:41 AM

    Why anybody bothers asking Jason Garrett anything is beyond me.

    We all know who the real HC is.

  3. usmutts says: Oct 31, 2012 11:01 AM

    The Cowboys are an incredibly gifted, incredibly bone-headed team.

  4. baloneyjohn says: Oct 31, 2012 11:16 AM

    Not so sure, this guy has much of a heart.
    Hey Jones. Step down as the chief screw up of the Cowboys.

  5. tsizzlehotpiss says: Oct 31, 2012 12:09 PM

    Dez Bryant has only proven to be a turnover-prone, mediocre punt and kick returner, yet Garrett & Jerruh insist on keeping him back there.

    The Cowgirls are one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 31, 2012 10:04 PM

    Have opposed having Bryant return punts for couple years now. Just a stubburn bone headed coaching move. Dwayne Harris is the best option to return punts!

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