Seemingly already in midseason form, wide receiver Dez Bryant recorded two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown Saturday night against the Colts. Dez was simply doing Dez things on the field, recording both receptions in the Cowboys 95-yard, seven play, opening series.
It was a great preseason debut for Bryant, who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons. Although hard to believe, it’s been three years since Dez posted a 1,000 yard season in Dallas. Back in 2014, Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a league-high 16 receiving touchdowns.
In the past two seasons, Bryant has missed a total of 10 games due to injury. And despite only playing in 13 games last year, Dez was still invited to the Pro Bowl in place of Super Bowl bound Atlanta Falcon’s wide receiver Julio Jones.
Outside of Cowboys fans, Bryant has dropped down the list of elite receivers in the eyes of many with players like Julio Jones, the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Antonio Brown, the New York Giant’s Odell Beckham Jr. and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans all taking their game to the next level while Dez has been sidelined.
But it appears Bryant is preparing to dethrone the pretenders in 2017 and will attempt to once again establish himself as the league’s most dominate receiving threat. His play Saturday night just confirmed that fact.