Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Got 88 Problems But Dez Bryant Ain't One

Right. Because the Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant is the problem in Dallas.

Hilarious. No, really, that’s hilarious.

Let’s commit treason on someone who hasn’t hit their full potential yet. Desmond Demond Bryant, a former first round draft pick (24th overall) in 2010, is still in setup mode.

The 25-year-old with five years of NFL experience, is evolving. His arrow points north, not south.

The wide receiver out of Oklahoma State caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards in 16 games under the 2012 campaign. History repeated a year later. In 2013 Bryant had 93 receptions for 1,233 yards and earned a Pro Bowl nod. He averaged 13.3 yards per catch — slightly down from 2012 when he averaged 15.0 YPC.

Modest stats. The best isn’t near. Not even close.

New hire offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will exploit Bryant. Just as he did with Calvin Johnson in Detroit. Bryant isn’t just up for a big year — he’s up for a big career. And Scott Linehan is the man for it.

We’ve seen the coordinator do it with the Detroit Lions, a place where he didn’t have Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Gavin Escobar, and three first-round lineman.

The show is in Dallas. Linehan will get Bryant over double-coverage (something Jason Garrett and Bill Callahan failed to do).

The Cowboys have Dez Bryant going back to the basics this summer; Bryant is working on his footwork, routes, and his burst off the line. Dez Bryant’s strength and power doesn’t matter if there isn’t mastery over the basic skills of a wide receiver.

Bryant gets it. He knows what he has to do. And now, heading into the final year of his contract, he is doing all the right things.

Better that he is doing it in a Cowboys’ uniform. Because Bryant’s greatness is just ahead. Enclosed in him is a yearning for team success — a blueprint blurred by a mediocre culture.

Bryant isn’t just a Dallas Cowboy, he’s our DNA. Our future.

He’s not the problem. He’s the asset.


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