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Could Dez Bryant Return To Cowboys’ Special Teams Unit?

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Could Dez Bryant Return To Cowboys’ Special Teams Unit?

For a few years now, there’s been an argument for Dez Bryant being the most dangerous offensive playmaker on the Dallas Cowboys.

When he first entered the league, Bryant was the Cowboys’ most dangerous special teams player as well. As a rookie, Dez scored his first touchdown against the Chicago Bears. But that touchdown didn’t come on a passing play, it came on a punt return.

Dez remembers this explosiveness, as do the fans, leading many to wonder if Bryant should be asked to return punts more often. Dez himself even went as far to say that he is in the coaches’ ears to allow him to be the punt returner this season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dez Bryant on returning punts during practice:

This is a bad idea, and it’s probably not going to happen.

Listen I hate to be the buzzkill here, but putting your WR1 who’s had injury issues the past two seasons back to return punts is not the best plan. And that’s exactly why the Cowboys won’t do it.

On top of this, the Cowboys drafted a player in Ryan Switzer who should be able to bring similar explosiveness in the return game. If he can be even 75% as effective a returner as Dez was during his rookie year, the Cowboys will be in good shape.

So, unless there’s just seconds remaining and the Cowboys need the punt to be taken back for a touchdown, I don’t suggest putting Dez Bryant back there.

Still, it’s a ton of fun to think about, isn’t it?

Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

2 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    Even though it may be enticing to do so they might not wanna do that In a game where injuries happen to easy Dont dangle your no 1 receiver out there. Thats what switzer is there for

  • Russ_Te

    Right – Switzer first. And Unlucky Whitehead, presumably gone… ;^)

    In the 1980’s Joe Gibbs had an explosive return man in Darrell Green / starting CB. He used him in the return game, but only when he needed a big play in a close game in 2nd half.

    By that logic you – might – put Dez out there once or maybe even try Elliott or McFadden.

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