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Dez Bryant’s Return Makes Cowboys Offense Even More Dangerous

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Dez Bryant's Return Makes Cowboys Offense Even More Dangerous

After missing the last three games, plus the bye week, Dez Bryant is set to make his return to the field, which makes the Dallas Cowboys offense even more dangerous then they already are.

Bryant injured his knee early in the Week 3 matchup with the Chicago Bears, but still continued to play through the pain. He was even on the receiving end of Dak Prescott's first passing touchdown in the NFL. Unfortunately, that's the last we saw Bryant, except on the sideline cheering on his teammates.

Bryant could have possibly played on the road against the Green Bay Packers, but the Cowboys coaching/training staff decided it would be better to keep him out until after their bye week. This would give him an extra week of recovery time and allow him to get closer to 100% for the meeting with the Cowboys division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Now, I've heard the argument that the Cowboys offense hasn't necessarily missed Bryant's absence on the field, and that they should trade their All-Pro receiver. Upon hearing this all I could do was laugh and roll my eyes.

These people really don't understand just how much of an impact Dez Bryant has on what the Dallas Cowboys can do offensively, or how opposing defenses have to change their game plan with him in the lineup. All they really see is the offense playing at a high level, but things will be even better with his return to the field.

Dez Bryant WILL make the Cowboys offense better!

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Terrance Williams, Brice Butler, and most importantly Cole Beasley have done a really good job of holding things down during Bryant's absence. But, with #88's return to the field, Prescott and Company could possibly become the best offensive unit in the entire league.

The Dallas Cowboys have played a total of six games so far in 2016 and are currently ranked #3 overall on offense. They are averaging 401.5 yards per game and are scoring an average of 26.5 points per contest.

Now, that's pretty impressive, but it's in large part due to the fact the Cowboys are #1 in rushing averaging 161.2 yards per game and have scored 11 rushing touchdowns. That really shouldn't be too big of a surprise considering what they invested in Ezekiel Elliott and the offensive line.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the NFL running the ball, it doesn't mean things can't still improve.

Elliott has been running against eight and even nine man boxes more than any other running back in the league, but with Dez Bryant back in the lineup that will change.

Opposing defenses will have to account for where Bryant is lined up on any given play and  they typically like to bracket him in coverage with two defenders. That means teams won't be able to stack the box against the Cowboys potent rushing attack any longer.

Can you imagine how much better Ezekiel Elliott will be running the ball?

Bryant's return will certainly help improve the rushing attack, but it will be in the passing game where he makes his biggest impact.

The Dallas Cowboys are a middle-of-the-road team passing the ball in the NFL. They are currently ranked #19 overall averaging just 240.3 yards per game and have only scored 7 receiving touchdowns. But, expect that to improve with Dez Bryant back on the field at 100%.

With Bryant back in the lineup things should open up even more for all of the Cowboys wide receivers, especially Cole Beasley.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan can really start getting creative now that he has all of his weapons healthy, and you can bet Dak Prescott is licking his chops ahead of the meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The fact the matter is, with Dez Bryant back on the field this offense will finally be firing on all cylinders for the first time all season.

Are you excited about Dez Bryant's return?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions about Dez Bryant's return to the field.

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  • Rob

    Dez should absolutely pull the safeties out of the box and that wide 9 Philly runs should create natural holes for Zeke. We can also spread Philly out w/4 wide and run or throw.

    • Brian Martin

      Rob, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Scott Linehan could also use Lucky Whitehead on a few jet sweeps to make sure that Wide 9 stays more at home instead of crashing down in the running lanes.

  • chrisp tovar

    very glad to have Dez back. Will be even better. GO COWBOYS

    • Brian Martin

      Crisp, Bryant’s presence on the field was definitely felt by the Eagles. I absolutely loved the deep ball he caught from Prescott. Everything was perfectly executed on that play.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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