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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: 17.38
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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.


Dez Bryant finds the end zone Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was able to find the end zone Week 16 against Washington.

Bryant was Tony Romo's favorite target. He led the club with 11 targets. Bryant finished with just four catches, but did gain 73 yards. Bryant was briefly injured early in the first quarter, but came back and scored on the team's next offensive drive. Bryant will take on the Eagles Week 17.


Dez Bryant facing average matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is looking at an average matchup Week 16 against Washington.

Washington has been about middle of the pack against receivers this season, allowing them to average 21.71 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 26 passing touchdowns. The first time the two teams met this season, Bryant was limited to just 36 receiving yards.

That game was Bryant's second worst Fantasy performance of the season, so it's likely he'll show some improvement this time around. Bryant has been better as of late, scoring a touchdown in his last three games. In six career games against Washington, Bryant has 439 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage total is his second-highest against any opponent. Bryant is an elite Fantasy receiever. He's going to be a strong play against an average Washington defense.


Dez Bryant explodes for season-best effort in Week 15 loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Cowboys explosive wideout Dez Bryant crafted his finest game of the season on Sunday - and that's saying a lot.

Bryant was a force throughout, finishing with season-highs with 11 catches and 153 yards in 17 targets. Included was a 5-yard touchdown in heavy traffic with eight minutes left in a wild fourth quarter in which his team completed a meltdown that resulted in a 37-36 defeat to St. Louis.

He started hot and stayed that way. His 102-yard first half included receptions of 37 and 16 yards on a scoring drive that gave the Cowboys a 26-3 halftime lead. He added three quick catches on the first possession of the third quarter.

Bryant and his Cowboys will try to overcome the shocking defeat that hurt their playoff hopes by beating the Redskins in Washington next Sunday.


Dez Bryant should rebound with big game against Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) The last time Cowboys stud wideout Dez Bryant suffered through a poor performance, he rebounded the next game to catch nine passes for 86 yards. The time before that, he came back with eight receptions for 110 yards. He opened the 2013 season with a terrible effort and returned the following week to snag nine for 141 yards and a touchdown.

You get the picture. Bryant doesn't have two bad games in a row. He hasn't been held down in successive games since his rookie year in 2010. And since he was limited to two receptions Monday night at Chicago, it can be assumed by Fantasy owners that he will rack up some big points Sunday against visiting Green Bay.

Adding to the optimism is that the Packers have played miserable pass defense this season despite ranking sixth in sacks. They are 21st in passing yards surrendered (3,208) and 23rd in touchdowns given up through the air (24). Their last seven opponents are averaging 28.4 PPG.

That bodes well for Bryant, who has 70 receptions for 908 yards and 10 touchdowns in what has been a typical season. CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zegura both rank him fourth among all NFL wideouts this week. So don't be discouraged by his meager output on Monday Night Football. Bryant remains a No. 1 option in all formats.


Dez Bryant scores and still disappoints


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant boxed out Bears corner Tim Jennings for a 2-yard touchdown on the opening drive, but that was nearly the extent of Bryant's production Week 14. He finished with two catches for 12 yards.

Tony Romo overthrew Bryant on his other two targets. Romo threw just 20 times as Dallas emphasized the run, but it was still hard to figure how Bryant was not involved more. Romo threw 25 passes Bryant's way in the previous two games.

Bryant, who has not cleared 90 yards since Week 7, plays the Packers in Week 15.