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Could a Special Coach Help Dez Bryant’s Route-Running?

's career with the may be in limbo, but that's not stopping him from trying to improve his game and on-field performance.

Bryant will reportedly train with personal wide receivers coach David Robinson, who specializes in route-running, according to reporter Jane Slater of . This should come as good news to a lot of , because Dez Bryant has often been criticized throughout his professional career for his route-running.

If anything, this news should indicate that Dez Bryant is more determined than ever to rebound from his disappointing and prove his critics wrong that he is no longer one of the top receivers in the league. I for one am not going to bet against him.

Bryant's work ethic and passion for the game have never been questioned. His desire to be the best is evident anytime you turn on his film, whether it is in a game situation or on the practice field. He takes the “practice like you play” mantra to heart.

Everybody should be encouraged that at this point in his career, Dez Bryant is still looking at ways to improve his game and seek help. Hopefully, working with a well-known receivers coach like David Robinson can take Bryant's game to the next level.

Dez Bryant
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

You may not know who David Robinson is (I certainly didn't), but he is well respected around the league and has helped other receivers under his tutelage. , , Reed, and even Cowboys former WR have all benefited from Robinson's .

Dez Bryant has always been regarded as one of those types of receivers who is always open regardless how tight the coverage is around him. His ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air is arguably his best trait, but he could become more dangerous if he can create separation on his own with better route-running.

Unfortunately, Bryant is entering the stage in his career where age becomes a factor and some regression is to be expected. This is why improved route-running could improve any deficiencies Bryant maybe dealing with.

But, what exactly will David Robinson be working on with Dez Bryant?

Robinson told Jane Slater that in his workouts with Dez Bryant, he will concentrate on the expansion of Bryant's route tree, shaking defenders at the line of scrimmage, and improving footwork technique to compensate for any natural loss of speed due to age.

I don't know about you, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing how Bryant responds to Robinson's coaching, hopefully still as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

We all know that Bryant's status with the Cowboys is unknown, at least to those of us on the outside looking in, but I don't see him going anywhere in 2018. There just aren't any vet WRs or rookies who I can see replacing his production. Of course, I could be wrong.

One thing is for sure though, Dez Bryant isn't going to sit on his hands while he waits to find out what his future holds.

Do you think improved route-running will help Dez Bryant's game?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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EverybodyTalks

Want the best for Dez. For him to do this is great. Dez has matured enough to realize where he is physically. He is competitive enough to finally expand the route tree and extend his career, whether it is here or for another team. Route tree makes him relevant between the 20s. Now that is a weapon the Cowboys can use. Good for him.

Derek Robinson

Dez career kind of reminds me of TO’

Derek Robinson

They love you when you clown for them. They hate and ridicule you when you’re down. I think MAYBE! Dez has lost half a step. He also lost his QB Tony Romo. Dak is not going to throw 50/50 balls the whole game. They have no chemistry. None! Dak did say, and I quote. ” I’ll throw to Dez when he’s open. So maybe being a better route runner will get him more targets.

Derek Robinson

If he’s Hall of fame worthy, when he’s all

said an done. They’ll probably make him wait like TO to get in also.

Nick Russo

I hope this is the case. It’s evident that the issue between dak and dez is dez’s ability to get open. Dak isn’t at a point in his career where he is throwing the 50/50 balls that Romo and dez connected on so well. I don’t fault dak for that as he takes care of the ball. I’ve read multiple reports that because of the offensive scheme focusing on the routes dez runs well, the other routes have suffered. As a pro, and a very good one, I would have liked to see dez take the initiative like a Larry Fitzgerald or some other veterans to go the extra mile on his own to improve his route running and getting open. Nonetheless, I believe in his determination and for the good of the cowboys would like nothing more than to see this work and dez get back to his 2012-2014 form.

Reynaldo Laporte

Like the adage goes “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. I hope that’s not the case with Dez, tbh my problems along with lack of precise route running were of the mental kind.

The drops, defenders head games, and the like showed that the X factor has to work on his focus as well.

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