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Dez Bryant Let The Cowboys Down Against The Giants

Sean Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - With Quiet Debut, Dez Bryant Must be the Reason the Cowboys Forget About 2015 1

When Cowboys' fans think of Dez Bryant, they think of one of the best wide receivers in the league, a dominant talent that serves as a true leader on the field each Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys.

When other fans think of Dez Bryant, they probably think of a guy that has not warranted an excess amount of praise, with a 2015 season that never got off the ground thanks to injuries to not only Bryant, but his quarterback Tony Romo.

Then there was Sunday's 2016 opener, which should force Cowboys Nation to come to terms with the facts about Dez Bryant. Yes, Bryant was playing without Romo once again, but Dak Prescott does not compare to Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassell, or Kellen Moore.

Prescott did enough to win this game, despite having to drop back 45 times, and only being able to connect with Dez on one reception of eight yards - occurring on the game's first play from scrimmage.

Dak Prescott needed Dez Bryant yesterday at AT&T Stadium, and he was simply nowhere to be found.

When Bryant did make an appearance, it was solely on vertical routes down the field, which did result in Dez having a touchdown reception overturned, and later having one broken up on a throw that forced him up the field.

At the end of the day, this was a one point loss for the Dallas Cowboys, with a rookie starting at quarterback and running back. Naturally, the blame for falling just short falls on a multitude of factors. There was also plenty of things to look forward to with the Cowboys coming out of this game - one of them hopefully being Dez Bryant.


We all were willing to give Bryant a pass for 2015, with the expectation that he would make 2016 his year.

We also know that when Dez Bryant wants something - like he does a bounce back 2016 season - he is not often denied. Janoris Jenkins and the over rated Giants' secondary denied Dez Bryant of a chance to put the Cowboys at 1-0 heading to Washington for another key NFC East game. How will Bryant respond with the Cowboys in danger of falling to 0-2 overall, and 0-2 in the NFC East, on Sunday?

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dez Bryant: If I stay on current path, 'I'm going to be dominant' https://t.co/OdBMTC9zpX

These quotes are from August 20th, and show that Bryant failed yesterday to - by his own standards - do his job.

While the film will likely show what I saw watching this game live, Bryant was again primarily used as a decoy to set up the run far too often. The Dallas run game is going to improve with Ezekiel Elliott as the season goes on, but Bryant will also continue to see plenty of opportunities to make lasting impacts on what the Cowboys' 2016 season is going to be.

Outside of the offensive line play, which was below its normal level, the Cowboys' rushing attack faltered simply because the Giants made it their top priority to stop the run. In doing so, they comfortably stacked the box against Elliott and Alfred Morris, forcing a WR like Bryant to beat them over the top. Instead, Prescott's longest completion went to TE Geoff Swaim for 21 yards.

For now, Dez Bryant's season draws flashbacks to a dreadful 2015. Josh Norman and the Redskins await, and my money is on Dez Bryant and the entire offense to bounce back in a big way in support of Dak Prescott.

What do you expect from Dez Bryant going forward, as the Cowboys play on the road against the Redskins in week 2? Let us know! Start the conversation with a comment below the article, or email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com.

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

Jess Haynie

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

Matthew Lenix

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


Ed Werder on Twitter

Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

Matthew Lenix

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."


The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.


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