Dez Bryant came into the season with loads of potential, but also plenty of questions. He slipped to 24th in the draft, not because of talent, but because teams shied away over character concerns after he missed most of last season after being declared ineligible by the NCAA. After a perfectly acceptable start for a rookie wide receiver, Bryant has really started to emerge as a difference maker lately, particularly since Jon Kitna stepped in for Tony Romo.
Bryant has 44 catches for 547 yards and 6 touchdowns so far, with 5 of those touchdowns coming from Jon Kitna. He also has two punt return touchdowns on the year, and lately has looked like an absolute stud who can do what he wants on the field. Though it has been a disappointing season in Big D, the emergence of Bryant could be instrumental in a quick recovery in 2011. Bryant will likely join Joey Galloway, Eddie Kennison and DeSean Jackson as the only rookie wide receivers to have over 800 yards receiving and a punt return touchdown during their rookie year. Bryant has the size and speed to become a dominant receiver in this league. If you are tuning in looking for reasons to watch, Dez Bryant is one pretty good reason.
As for the matchup, the Saints have really started to play much better recently. We’ll find out today whether the Dallas pass defense has really improved since Jason Garrett became interim coach, or whether last week’s solid play was a mirage induced by playing Detroit. Drew Brees is completing almost 70% of his passes on the year and is, as always, spreading it around. You can be sure that he will be trying to isolate the safeties in single coverage and will throw to favorable matchups. While the Cowboys have played better, I still like the Saints to continue their winning ways.
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