Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is a pure beast. Dez Bryant is a stud, a dominant force to be reckoned with in the passing game. Bryant is a game changer. I bought into the hype even though for some unknown reason Bryant would go entire quarters without catching a pass or having one thrown his way. All of those issues were supposed to be resolved this year. There’s no way that the Cowboys would allow Dez Bryant to reach the second half without a touchdown reception. All the off-season youtube videos of one-handed grabs along the sideline had me drinking the Bryant juice. Dez Bryant apparently drank from the same cup, admitting that he’s ready for a 2,000 yard season with 20 touchdowns. The season started and after week one, the Cowboys allowed Dez Bryant to be the NFL’s biggest joke.
My attention during the game was focused on a few things, but Dez Bryant or the absence of Bryant, wasn’t supposed to be one of them. I wanted to focus on DeMarcus Ware battling offensive tackle Will Beatty, who weighed 66 pounds more than Ware. Ware performed well even shedding blocks on Giants’ running plays. I also watched MacKenzy Bernadeau stink up the offensive line. Honestly, if he were replaced with a mannequin, I don’t think anyone would notice.
Eventually, I had to see if Dez Bryant was on the field because I didn’t recall him having a catch. Later in the game, announcer/analyst Cris Collinsworth mentioned, “Dez is doing great things for the Cowboys, he’s being used as an effective decoy.”
Wait. What? Did you say decoy? Remember when Cowboy Nation thought, “With Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, we have two number one receivers on the field.” Defenses know our receivers and definitely respect Austin when he’s at full speed. If the coaching staff would smarten up and insert Dwayne Harris as the slot receiver, with Jason Witten at tight end, we really would have the best receiving corp in the league.
Speaking of Dwayne Harris, the kid just makes plays. I haven’t seen that type of special teams performance since the great Bill Bates. Terrance Williams being on the field is a Jerry Jones call. Williams doesn’t have a WOW factor.
Jones probably feels pressure to show the critics that Williams wasn’t a wasted draft pick and he didn’t fumble the ball with the infamous “draft day trade”. Harris simply looks faster, more explosive, better mentally prepared and has more reliable hands than Williams. Hopefully the coaching staff and Jones will make the right call and play Harris more.
I know what they say about people that quote themselves, but in a previous article regarding Terrance Williams, I wrote:
“I looked at film of Terrance Williams and noticed he catches a lot of passes with his body instead of his hands. This is probably why it is already being reported that he has a problem with drops. Dropped passes never helps a receiver win a roster spot.”
I guess that’s usually true unless you’re drafted by Jerry Jones and the Cowboys. Where was Gavin Escobar, our new, unstoppable tight end red zone weapon that we so desperately needed to draft in the 2nd round? With the new two tight end sets, he put up amazing numbers: 1 catch, 7 yards, 0 touchdowns! Exactly.