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88 Dez Bryant WR
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 11/4/1988 | Birthplace: Galveston Co., TX, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 15.20
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'Big chance' Dez Bryant gets new deal before season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said there's a "big chance" he'll sign a contract extension before the season, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Bryant is scheduled to make $1.78 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.

He plans to table negotiations if no deal is reached before the Sept. 7 opener.


Expect more big plays from Dez Bryant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had 14 receptions of 20-plus yards last season, which ranked tied for 22nd in the league. Under new play caller Scott Linehan, the Cowboys will take more downfield shots to Bryant, reports ESPN.com.

In his first preseason action Saturday, Bryant caught a 31-yard touchdown on a jump ball and nearly had another downfield reception. Officials ruled Bryant didn't have complete control as he went out of bounds. Bryant also gained 22 yards when he caught a pass over the middle and broke a tackle.

"We're more in attack mode," Bryant said. "That's our mindset."

Over the past three years, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had 94 receptions of 20-plus yards playing for Linehan.


Dez Bryant dominates in preseason debut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant made his preseason debut Saturday against the Ravens and looked ready for the regular season. Bryant caught all three of his targets for 59 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.

On the play, Bryant toasted defensive back Dominique Franks, adjusting to Tony Romo's pass before Franks could react. Earlier Bryant made a 22-yard reception to get the Cowboys out of a 2nd-and-20 hole from their own 8.


Cowboys to put Dez Bryant in the slot more often


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Dez Bryant made 11 of his 93 receptions out of the slot last season. The Cowboys plan to use him there more often this year, reports ESPN.com. 

"He's grown as an inside receiver," coach Jason Garrett said. "The trait and the qualities are different. I've been around a lot of outside receivers who looked like a fish out of water when they moved inside.

"If you picture an X receiver in right formation, there's no one outside of you. You're typically working against a corner by yourself or there's a safety rotating over the top. When you're inside, you have people inside of you and outside of you. You have a linebacker walked out, you have a safety coming down, and you have to have a feel for how to run the routes because there's a lot going on.

"It has a lot to do with your feel as an athlete -- your vision, your instincts and your experience. You have to get in there and do it."


Dez Bryant hopes for new deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) The Cowboys are talking with receiver Dez Bryant's agent about a long-term contract extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp, reports ESPN.

Bryant wants to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season.

"It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant said. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."

Bryant, 25, caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

"We'll see what happens," Bryant said. "This is a business. That's the way I've got to look at it. I know that's the way they look at it. We'll go from there."


Dez Bryant maturing at right time


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2014) The Cowboys view receiver Dez Bryant as "the glue to this offense," reports ESPN. Now the team has to decide how much to pay him, which could be in the neighborhood of $12 to $14 million a year.

Bryant said he's not worried about his contract, and will monitor things from afar. He just wants to go out and play better than last season when he had 93 catches for 1,233 yards with 13 touchdowns and 67 plays that resulted in first downs.

"To be honest, I really don't think about it," Bryant said. "I love the game. I don't think about the numbers. Whatever happens, happens. All I know is I'm confident in the work that I put in. I know if I continue to keep working hard and get the other guys to work hard, it's always going to be a good result. It's always positive when it comes out at the end."

The report also adds that Bryant is becoming more of a student of the game than ever before. Before he was just watching film, now he's going to analyze it more. He sees how defenses disguise coverages -- showing one thing and switching to something else at the last minute.

"I'm understanding it better and better the more that I watch it," he said. "Not saying I haven't. It's just becoming a lot easier to OK, on this coverage this is what I'm going to do versus this coverage. It just makes things a little bit more easier the more that I get older and grow in this offense."


Dez Bryant working hard, lining up everywhere


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett compared Dez Bryant's work ethic to that of Michael Irvin's and said the receiver is doing things "the right way" in practice whether it's against air or against defenders. Bryant is entering a contract year and per ESPN has had some talks with the team on a new deal but nothing is imminent. The team, naturally, doesn't want to let him go. 

The official team website reports that Bryant has moved from his X spot on the field and has lined up as the Z receiver as well as in the slot

Bryant set career highs last year with 93 catches and 113 touchdowns while gaining 1,233 yards. 


Cowboys in preliminary talks with Dez Bryant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The Cowboys have had preliminary talks with receiver Dez Bryant about a contract extension, reports ESPN.com. He's scheduled to earn $1.78 million in salary and a $250,000 workout bonus in the final year of his rookie deal.

Bryant wants to stay in Dallas for the rest of his career, and he wouldn't rule out a hometown discount.

"I'm loyal to the squad," Bryant told the website. "I've always been. Me and my agent are going to talk about [a hometown discount]. We'll talk about it. You know, this is big. This is life-changing. Like I said, I've done everything asked of me, and we'll see what happens."


Dez Bryant in 'best shape that I've ever been'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said he's "in the best shape that I've ever been," reports ESPN.com.

"Trust me, I’ve been working hard," Bryant told the website. "I’ve been working six days out of the week. Today is my off day, but I’m going to the facility right now. That’s all I’ve been doing. This year is special."

Bryant set career highs last year with 93 catches and 113 touchdowns while gaining 1,233 yards. 


Garrett says Dez Bryant becoming a leader


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/1/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said at the NFL owners meeting that receiver Dez Bryant is becoming more of a leader.

"When you talk about leadership – really what you're talking about is influence on other people." Garrett said. "Dez has been able to positively influence so many guys on your team, really for the last few years. As he's gotten himself settled into the role he's been in, he's an outstanding football player. He loves the game. He has an infectious way about him. People really like Dez and they care about Dez. If you come to one of our football practices, you see that. He's a very competitive guy who wants to be great. And there is an infectious way about him. It's been really positive. You see it in practice and see it in the game. I think he certainly understands his role with the team."


Cowboys concerned about hamstring injuries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Twelve Cowboys suffered hamstring injuries of varying severity in 2013, reports ESPN.com. The list consisted of Miles Austin, Morris Claiborne, Sean Lee, Justin Durant, Dwayne Harris, Bruce Carter, Danny McCray, Barry Church, Dez Bryant, Lance Dunbar, Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams.

Coach Jason Garrett is looking at other teams' approaches to find a solution. He might cut back the time players spend on the field early in the offseason, the report said. 

“It is valuable to do the football stuff. We don’t feel like there’s a lot of football stuff right now,” Garrett told the website. “We want to be careful about how much we take away from that. But there’s a couple weeks prior to all that stuff starting. We’ve talked about tweaking the daily schedule and what we’re doing those first couple weeks as we start to lay the foundation for the offseason.”


New scheme will get Dez Bryant 'even more involved'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) New Cowboys play caller Scott Linehan brings a scheme "that will get Dez Bryant even more involved in the offense," according to the team's website. "During his NFL career, Linehan has made it a point to make the 'X' receiver the focus of the passing game. We all witnessed firsthand what Calvin Johnson was able to accomplish with Linehan as the play caller."

Bryant caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. The website envisions Bryant moving around more, lining up in the slot sometimes, to create matchup problems.


Dez Bryant: 'I'm Dallas forever'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) The Cowboys haven't opened talks with wideout Dez Bryant on a contract extension, but Bryant already has said he won't consider playing for another team. "I don't even think about leaving Dallas," Bryant said, per ESPN.com. "I'm Dallas forever."

Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal.


Cowboys expected to throw deep more in 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) With Scott Linehan calling the plays, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to throw deep more often in 2014, reports the Dallas Morning News. Dallas played conservatively in 2013, with Romo ranking 17th in deep throws attempted. Deep throws are defined as passes targeted 20-plus yards downfield.

The report notes Linehan is not afraid to take risks, "dialing up deep passes in the hunt for momentum-changing plays and high rewards." That could be good news for Romo and top wideout Dez Bryant.


Dez Bryant to benefit from Scott Linehan's arrival?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant drew 160 targets in 2013, four more than Detroit's Calvin Johnson. But Johnson missed two games. In 2012, Johnson led the league with 205 targets, 67 more than Bryant.

With Scott Linehan moving from Detroit to Dallas to call plays, Bryant could be more heavily targeted in 2014, reports ESPN.com. "If you look at what Linehan has done with another elite receiver, Detroit's Calvin Johnson, Bryant should benefit," the report said.

The website notes Bryant made the Pro Bowl in 2013, "but just imagine what his numbers would look like if Linehan had been in charge."


Report: Cowboys concerned about Dez Bryant back issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The back problems of wide receiver Dez Bryant brings with them growing concern for the Cowboys, the Dallas News has reported. Bryant is only 25 years old and is due for a possible contract extension.

Bryant is coming off his second straight sensational season with a career-high 93 receptions for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns.


Dez Bryant extends scoring streak to five


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant found the end zone for a fifth straight week, catching eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 loss to the Eagles. Bryant was targeted 13 times, second most on the team behind Jason Witten's 16.

Bryant took a slant 32 yards for a touchdown with just under four minutes left, bringing Dallas within 24-22. Kyle Orton tried to hit Bryant for the 2-point conversion, but the low throw was batted away.

Bryant finishes the season with 93 catches for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. The catches and touchdowns represent career highs. Bryant played all 16 games for the second straight year.


Dez Bryant ready for Sunday night football


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who was probable with a back injury, is active as expected for Sunday night's winner-take-all game against the Eagles.

NFL reveals offensive players for Pro Bowl


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Dez Bryant probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is probable Week 17.

Bryant is dealing with a back injury. He put in limited practice Wednesday and Friday, but should be ready to go Sunday.


Dez Bryant practices Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was able to practice Friday.

Bryant has been dealing with a back injury, but was able to put in limited practice Thursday. He's said there's "no doubt" he'll play Week 17, so the injury doesn't seem serious.


Dez Bryant says he's playing


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant says there is "no doubt" he'll play Week 17 against the Eagles.

Bryant's back flared up Wednesday, causing him to miss practice. He was able to get through limited practice Thursday, and should be good to go. 


Dez Bryant able to do rehab work Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was able to do some rehab work Thursday.

Bryant missed Wednesday's practice after tweaking his back, but was able to put in some work Thursday. He worked with trainers, and was able to get through some drills.


Sore back limits Dez Bryant


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was limited in practice Wednesday with a sore back, reports ESPN.com. Bryant is in no danger of missing Sunday's winner-take-all game against the Eagles.

Dez Bryant facing improved Eagles' secondary


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant dominated the Eagles in the last three meetings, catching 19 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. But he probably won't have Tony Romo throwing to him Sunday night, and he'll be facing an improved secondary.

In their first four games, the Eagles allowed six pass plays of 40-plus yards. In 11 games since, they've allowed three, according to CSNPhilly.com. Corners Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams didn't get a lot of safety help covering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last week, and neither star receiver was a big factor, the website said.

Only two of 11 elite receivers have topped 100 yards vs. the Eagles. Bryant was one of them, catching eight passes for 110 yards in the Week 7 win in Philadelphia.

All that said, the Eagles' no-huddle offense creates opportunities for opposing receivers because it gives them extra possessions. Philly gives up the most Fantasy points to wideouts, 28.1 per game. Receivers have caught 20 touchdowns vs. Philly.

Bryant enters Week 17 having scored in four straight games. CBSSports.com senior Fantasy experts rank him 4th to 14th among wideouts this week.