In today’s NFL, we often talk about wide receiver groups or quarterback/wide receiver combos. But we never discuss wide receiver/tight end pairings. But for the last few years, the Cowboys have had the second most productive wide receiver in the league (behind Demaryius Thomas) and one of the best tight ends to ever play the game. You would think that would automatically mean they have the best duo, right? What do you think? But before we find out the answer to that, let’s see what the 2013 stats say:
Dez and Jason did not finish first in any statistical category in 2013 and that surprise me. I thought for sure they would’ve led the league in catches and touchdowns, but of course, the Denver players were better in 2013. The other category I could’ve sworn was going to lead the league was the percentage of the offense that these two players combined for. But Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron blew Dez and Jason out of the water.
So the stats say that the Cowboys don’t have the best duo in the league. And when you think about it deeper, it makes sense. Jason Witten was 31 last year and clearly is a step slower than he was even a few years ago. He doesn’t scare defenses down the seam anymore like Vernon Davis or Jimmy Graham do now. He has become more of a possession receiver who can help move the chains, but not much more. Dez Bryant on the other hand, is still hitting his peak. Despite having less yards in 2013, I thought Bryant had his best year of his career despite having to continually battle double teams all game long.
In my opinion, the Cowboys don’t possess the best WR/TE duo in the league, but they are very close. I expect Dez and Jason to have monster seasons in 2014 and come very close to the production of the Thomas’ in Denver. It should be a lot of fun watching this offense in 2014.