Earlier this week, Stephen Jones sparked some controversy when he stated that Dez Bryant should be the number one receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Stephen followed by saying “Not to take anything away from Miles, but I would submit to you that when we line up out there the guy that they’re the most worried about is Dez. And he’s got to be that guy, and even when they do try to stop him, the great ones still make a lot of plays.” Stephen is right about one thing the great ones always find a way to make plays but in Austin’s defense he has made plenty of big plays in broken situations. Although, Jones sparked controversy with his statement it also brings up a valid point: Which receiver should be crowned number one?
Lets start by analyzing Stephen Jones golden boy, Dez Bryant. Bryant had his best season last year; he ended the season with 928 yards and 9 touchdowns and came close to breaking the 1000 mark. While, he performed well he still didn’t manage to perform to his full potential. It’s obvious that Dez Bryant is a naturally gifted receiver but for him to become a more polished receiver he needs one healthy offseason. Something that has also held Dez Bryant back through much of his career has been the inability to stay healthy. What Dez lacked in the offseason was self-discipline, which has changed according to reporters who have observed Bryant this offseason. Dez Bryant looks as focus as ever and analyzers see Dez heading for a breakout season.
Now lets look at what Miles Austin has accomplished during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. Miles has been Tony Romos number one target in the outside for a couple years now. He exploded on to the scene in 2009 where he ended the season with 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. Aside from being a solid receiver, Austin has shown decline since he has become a starter. Many reasons come into factor when we see Miles decline, but the biggest by far is the health issues he has had to deal with in almost every season. Last year Austin struggled to stay healthy and as a result only racked up a total of 579 yards and 7 touchdowns a major difference when compared to his breakout season in 2009. Miles Austin is looking to get back on track this season as long as he stays healthy.
Now that we have looked at the receivers a little, who do you think deserves to be the number one receiver for the Dallas Cowboys? In my personal opinion, I believe that Miles Austin is and should stay the number one receiver on the roster. The reason being is the way he has performed throughout his career. He’s a guy that will get up and fight for the ball. Austin plays with an intensity that I don’t see in many other receivers. On the other hand Dez Bryant is also a solid player that is worthy of starting as a number one receiver on other NFL teams. All in all, the Dallas Cowboys are lucky to have both these outstanding receivers on their field.