Grading the Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers

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Nov 14 2010; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches the ball for a touchdown past New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (bottom) and safety Antrel Rolle (26) during the first half at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

Nov 14 2010; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches the ball for a touchdown past New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (bottom) and safety Antrel Rolle (26) during the first half at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

As we continue to post grades for the 2013 Dallas Cowboys we move on this week to the Wide Receivers. Next week we’ll look at the Tight Ends.

Without a doubt the most exciting player in Dallas is WR Dez Bryant. Not only is he electric when he gets the ball in his hands, but he can make more people flip flop than a chef at IHOP flipping pancakes. Remember the ridiculous commentary that compared Justin Blackmon with Bryant? You don’t? Well, here for your reading pleasure is the very commentary courtesy of one of my all time favorite Quarterbacks, Warren Moon. I say that with no sarcasm whatsoever, I truly admire the guy.

“He’s (Blackmon) a beast, isn’t he?” Moon said. “He’s like Dez Bryant with all of his brain cells. He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has, but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant has turned out to be with Dallas. And a much better route runner than Dez Bryant is, but a very tremendous talent.”

Fast forward from that comment to today. Who is a beast? Who is the better route runner? Who is the better weapon? Who has more skills on the football field? Who is the tremendous talent being talked about in the same breath as Calvin Johnson as the best in the game at the position? Who is the guy with brain cells? Who is the knucklehead?

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Topics: Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris, Miles Austin, Wide Receivers

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  • SmartThinking

    Ditto on Beasley. Ditto x2 on Harris. A true bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Dallas.

    Not so fast on Williams. His rookie blunders cost Dallas points and one game. In my view, he didn’t know his play book, but I wasn’t there. Can he improve? I sure hope so. I’m getting tired of watching this team draft players, cut them and then have those guys beat us with other teams.

    I will forever disagree with you re: Bryant’s sideline tirade, pep talk or not. It sent the wrong message and it looked unprofessional. Landry would have never allowed that kind of demonstration for any reason, positive or not.

    But. All season I watched the guy get double and triple teamed, in near hand to hand combat on every single play, fight his way clear and make some eye- popping catches. If his supporting cast had cut him a break and worked harder, Bryant could possibly have added 6 more TD’s to his total. He’s a beast and he’s coming into his own as a player right about now.

    I disagree that we need to draft another high WR. If this team’s philosophy is to transition into a two TE team, then we should be set at both positions. Besides, emphasis needs to be placed with every one of our seven selections at cementing the foundation, i.e., OG and defensive line/Safety.

  • Earl Robertson

    They need to use Harris more he can make things happen! Don’t understand why they cut Jesse Holly after one season? Every time he was in the game he made plays!

  • revellyre

    Great article. I’m a little tougher on the rookie but he still earned a B, regardless. I also see a need in bringing in another speed demon WR who can shock and awe CBs with 4.3 afterburners all game long. Whether that’s in the draft, UDFA, or a vet, IDC. This will take pressure off Dez and open up the rest of the offense, especially the running game.

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