Dez Bryant’s No. 1 factor in choosing a new team should be quarterback

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If Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has lost a step and/or other physical attributes after eight NFL seasons, it’s true that quarterback Dak Prescott had no role in the veteran’s release. If Bryant can still play like he used to, Prescott definitely had a hand in the divorce, because it was Prescott’s reluctance to throw the ball to Bryant that kept Bryant from producing in a way that justified his status and salary as a No. 1 receiver.

And so, as Bryant looks for a new team on a belated basis, his No. 1 factor should be finding a quarterback who will throw the ball in his direction far more frequently that Dak did.

Again, if Dez can still do what he used to be able to do, it means that when he seems to be covered he’s actually still open, and that a properly-placed pass will be caught. Tony Romo knew that, and Romo would make those throws. Dak, who was thrust unexpectedly into the starting lineup as a rookie and who built confidence with a great running game and an offensive line that allowed him to work through his progressions until a receiver was clearly open, possibly never developed the comfort level during two NFL seasons to consistently throw what looked like a 50-50 ball, but that may have had a higher chance of success.

Plenty of receivers over the years have entered free agency with the goal of playing for a great quarterback, but with Dez it’s more important that he have a quarterback who understand when Dez is, and isn’t, truly open.

Other factors will become relevant, from cap space to culture to whether and to what extent the team is a contender to, apparently, whether the Cowboys are on the schedule. Regardless, if Dez still has it and hopes to demonstrate it, he’ll need a quarterback who will be far more willing to throw it to Dez when Dez isn’t wide open — and to throw it accurately when he does.

52 responses to “Dez Bryant’s No. 1 factor in choosing a new team should be quarterback

  1. Dez will have to take things into consideration but it will be of teams looking to add him to the mix.

    Multiple places have reported that basically none of the other teams in the NFC East are interested in him. Which, given with how familiar those teams would be with him and what “danger” he might be on the field – should be a HUGE red flag to others about what they’re getting. If the people that know you the best, see you twice a year don’t think you could help them in the division – how good are you, really?

    Dez isn’t necessarily going to have a massive line up of teams looking to add him to a good QB and winning situation and then treat him like the best player on the team – like he’s used to in Dallas.

  2. Yeah, if he had a brain. His number one factor is begging some team in the NFC East to sign him so he can play the Cowboys twice. What does that tell you about Dez? He’s childish and he’s only going to be motivated to play the Cowboys because he’s be disrespected. He didn’t say anything about finding another team. All he did was rail on the Cowboys. Go figure. It wouldn’t surprise me if no team signs him. He’s not worth the trouble anymore.

  3. I agree that quarterback should be #1 factor.

    That said… Andy Dalton is from Houston and Dez Bryant is from Houston.

    A.J. Green needs Dez Bryant.

    Bryant would easily total over 1000 yards as Cincinnati’s #2 wr.

  4. Man!…..With what Brandon Marshall showed last year, I’d cut him and sign dez in a heartbeat.

  5. If no team signs him, then there must be collusion. He’s obviously better than some of the receivers that have jobs. That argument has surely been used elsewhere.

  6. Whoever signs Dez has to make it perfectly clear that the goal, and the only goal is winning the super bowl. Trying to prove this or that, because of this or that, is not what his new team wants. If I were Dez, I’d be making phone calls to Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, to see if they would want him to join their team. He’d probably be better in Green Bay, because their offense doesn’t seem like it’s based on precision route running. It’s more like Aaron just runs around until somebody gets open. Pittsburgh would be good because defenses have to key on Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell. I remember back when Randy Moss was “finished”, and he teamed up with Tom Brady and shattered all time NFL records as an old man who was way past his prime. So yes, QB does matter. On the other hand, a couple seasons ago Alex Smith went the entire year without throwing a single TD pass to a WR?

  7. So it sounds like you’re convinced that Dez is still a hot commodity and Dak is an imposter. But as teal379 pointed out – if he was so hot, wouldn’t the closest competitors who know him best be ponyin’ up the $$ to get him on their offense? I think Philly’s defensive coordinator might be a bit better informed than you…

  8. Clark Hunt will not sign this clown. He is Making the game, and America great again, and banishing these ME first type of clowns.

  9. The only QB that just threw it up for grabs more than
    Romo was his idol Brett Farve. Oh it’s exciting to watch
    but was it truly ever really successful, no. And yes I know
    Farve has 1 Super Bowl, But with his talent he should have
    had more.

    Dez, both those guys are retired.

  10. doctorrustbelt says:
    April 15, 2018 at 10:29 am
    I agree that quarterback should be #1 factor.

    That said… Andy Dalton is from Houston and Dez Bryant is from Houston.

    A.J. Green needs Dez Bryant.

    Bryant would easily total over 1000 yards as Cincinnati’s #2 wr.

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    Read the article again. He needs a QB. Why then would he go to Cincinnati?

  11. .
    The Jets have a need for a playmaker at WR. They have plenty of cap space. They have a new QB en route who’ll require veteran knowledge. Finally, they need a personality to drive some interest in a moribund franchise. With Dez and OBJ in the same town, things would definitely be interesting.
    .

  12. Ok, how many wide receivers out there would want to play with Big Ben or Aaron Rodgers? Methinks most if not all of them. Dez doesn’t have that kind of leverage to pick up the phone and make a call. He’s not that good.

  13. Buffalo will do nothing for his career. He’s put up crap numbers the past 3 years because Romo only played 4 games in 2015 and then retired. Dak became starter and had no chemistry with him in 2016 and 2017. I’d like to see him in GB for one year just to see if he’s running on fumes or not.

  14. Bryant runs about 4.5 which is slower than most DBs which means he destined to play in the slot, be a possession receiver. I know people are pointiing at Dak but ask yourself, have you ever seen Dez separate from man coverage in the last 2 years? He was becoming Patrick Crayton and that’s not worth $12M. Denver, Cincy, Miami, Chicago and Houston have a need for a physical reciever, Miami especially having lost Jarvis Landry. Wherever he goes, he’s going to have to accept his role and the fact that he is not a “#1”.

  15. charliecharger says:
    April 15, 2018 at 10:33 am

    He’d probably be better in Green Bay, because their offense doesn’t seem like it’s based on precision route running.

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    It may look like that but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. The reason why GB’s receivers never seem to catch on until they’re here for 3-4 years and why GB doesn’t often simply sign a receiver to be added to the mix is because the offense is predicated on receivers being EXACTLY where they’re supposed to be WHEN they’re supposed to be there. Every time and not just as it’s called in the huddle but as they all read the defense and Aaron to see what changes need to be made pre-snap.

    Jeff Janis can catch the ball and he was the fastest guy on the team the last couple of years. Never made it on the field as a WR because he couldn’t run the same route twice the same way.

    It’s basically why I don’t think Dez would be a good fit in GB.

  16. UH, No the #1 factor would be finding a team that would want him. It’s not his choice, he needs to be chosen !

  17. vargavarga says:
    April 15, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Sneaky suspicion he’s going to GB.

    _______________________

    Oh, I hope so!

  18. .
    all true statements!
    Dak is only comfortable throwing it to Witten who is clearly open.
    The other factor though is what team wants a whiner.
    I mean 3 articles a day of how OBJ is bad for a team even though all players in the nfl love him but no stories about Dez’s shortcomings?

  19. So, a great quarterback (Rodgers, Brady, Brees) could hide Dez’s lack of skill at route running. If that happens, he will look better than he really is since he wasn’t a great route runner and couldn’t get separation from db’s.

  20. Think carolina makes sense.
    Big arm qb who likes to throw into tight coverage.
    Hed be the clear #1 wr (#2 target downfield after olson)
    Playoff caliber team.
    Veterans to keep him in check.

  21. “it was Prescott’s reluctance to throw the ball to Bryant that kept Bryant from producing in a way that justified his status and salary as a No. 1 receiver.”

    Uh no. Nearly one in four of all Dak’s passes were aimed at Dez (more than any other receiver, including Jason Witten). Yet Dez only caught 52% and had the 3rd highest drop rate in the league. His drops and his fumble late in the Seattle game killed the Cowboy comeback attempt and destroyed their last gasp at making the playoffs.

    Larry Fitzgerald has done a masterful job downshifting to being a possession receiver after age slowed him out of the WR#1 position. I predict Dez will fail miserably at this. In fact, I doubt his ego will allow him to even consider it. Dez will be out of the NFL within two seasons.

  22. And so, as Bryant looks for a new team on a belated basis, his No. 1 factor should be finding a quarterback who will throw the ball in his direction far more frequently that Dak did.
    ======================================================

    You mean he needs to find a quarterback who will throw him the ball when he has defenders all over him because he can’t get open anymore.

  23. Time to retire Dez. If not now definitely second half of season. Folks, this young man is a head case. (Love the folks and young man words).

  24. Well if its entirely based on QB quality the best QB already gas his receiving corps filled out between new addiotons and injured p,ayers returning. That comes to Brees and Rodgers and between thise two I think the better chance us in GB. Dez might be reaching the end but he is not all done quite yet so either of those two guys could revitalize things for him for an extra year or two.

  25. If you want a QB to throw to covered receivers… look no further than Baltimore. Jump Ball Joe, will throw in your direction.

  26. 132 targets in 2017. 4th highest in his career and within a few of his all pro year in 2014. Only 6 TDS compared to the 16 in 2014. Maybe Red Zone targets are down, but I’m not sure where you would find that info. Based purely on what target numbers, the decline is not from his lack of being targeted, as he and many others continue to insist.

    The decline is either a degradation in his playmaking ability or the changes experienced in QB passing ability. I’m guessing a combination of both with QB being the biggest reason for the dip.

  27. I almost never skip to making my own comment without reading every comment already posted

    But

    1st comment nailed it, he’s going to Green Bay. Sorry Vikings, maybe you’ll have better luck in the next 60 years or whatever

  28. Dez’s skills hasnt diminished as much as the media would like us to believe. Look at all of Dez’s “drops” and see if they were catchable. You will see he dropped maybe 2-3 of them. The other were uncatchable balls thrown by Dak. The media is protecting Dak. Give Dez a QB who can make throws and you will see the same Dez who had a superior QB in Tony Romo throwing him the ball.

  29. PFT is becoming more and more of a turd. Dak Prescott was reluctant to target Bryant? Bryant had 132 targets last year, good for 12th in the NFL. More importantly, up until the Atlanta game Bryant was on pace for 150 targets (would have been 6th), and then the target rate dropped when the OL had big issues and Prescott often couldn’t wait to target Bryant deep. CLEARLY, Prescott was fond of targeting Bryant, and CLEARLY the only thing that affected that fondness was how much pressure Prescott was under. DO YOUR RESEARCH NEXT TIME.

  30. Um no, Seattle vs Dallas Dak threw 2 interceptions. He was 21/34 3 catches to Bryant so that makes it impossible to be 1 in 4 to Dez. They lost because of Dak.
    Receivers and Running backs had 0 TD’s because of Dak.
    Dez was 3/6 Witten was 5/9 so of 34 passes Dez was 6 again not 1 in 4.
    Dak lost this game.
    Jason witten gets almost 1 in 4 targets every game not Dez.

    samuraisword51 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Uh no. Nearly one in four of all Dak’s passes were aimed at Dez (more than any other receiver, including Jason Witten). Yet Dez only caught 52% and had the 3rd highest drop rate in the league. His drops and his fumble late in the Seattle game killed the Cowboy comeback attempt and destroyed their last gasp at making the playoffs.

  31. I have absolutely no desire to have a Dez Bryant in Green Bay.
    We’ll already have our hands full trying to keep Mo Wilkerson on task.

    If they consider Dez’s skills slipping why would they want him when they could have just gave a few million more than the minimum to keep Jordy Nelson.

    Simply don’t need an unpredictable headache in a solid locker room.

  32. He is a number #2 receiver at best at this point in his career so places like the Bengals, Atlanta, Tampa that have a #1 receiver should give him a look.

  33. If GB offers him a dollar more then their last offer to Jordy would be ridiculous, 2-3 million dollar 1 year deal and that’s it, he’s no Jordy Nelson on or off the field.

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