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Will WR Ventell Bryant Return to Cowboys Roster in 2020?

was one of the quietest members of the ' 2019 roster. But after playing 12 games last year, mainly on , did Bryant do enough to be considered a front-runner for the WR in 2020?

You're forgiven if you don't really remember Ventell. He was only targeted once all season as a receiver, though that one pass did result in a 15-yard touchdown during the game. The most noticeable thing about him was having “Bryant” on the back of ' old #83; a two-way tribute to Dallas' former starting WR duo.

Bryant went undrafted last year and signed with the . He was released at final cuts and then the Cowboys signed him to their . Since they didn't play the Bengals during the , Dallas probably had interest in Ventell going back to the 2019 Draft.

Ventell got called up in Week 5 to help on special teams and remained on the the rest of the year. Behind players like and on the depth chart, Bryant only got that had that one moment of offensive glory against Buffalo on Thanksgiving.

You can accurately say that every time the Cowboys throw to Ventell Bryant, they score a touchdown.

The WR depth chart in 2020 is setting up similarly to last year's group. There is a clear top three again with and returning, plus replacing .

But whether they keep an additional 2-4 receivers this season, Dallas will likely have open competition for all those spots. And given the work he did last year, Ventell Bryant should be a contender for one of them.

Ventell Bryant
Dallas Cowboys WR Ventell Bryant

Consider some of the other options for a moment. was looking like the clear 4th WR after the first few weeks of 2019. But he disappeared in Week 4 and was never activated again the rest of the year. He did have a knee , but there was also disappointment over inconsistent play.

We mentioned Cedrick Wilson before and he's definitely a key figure in this discussion. Not only has he flashed potential on but also as a potential . Entering his third season now, Wilson is the favorite on many lists to be the 4th WR in 2020.

One guy who shouldn't be ignored is . The last two years have been marred by injury, but Brown was gaining traction in 2018 for his blocking skills and powerful running style after the catch. If he can finally stay healthy, Brown could be a sleeper for a significant role both on offense and special teams.

Jon'Vea Johnson is also back this year, hoping to restore his hype from last year's training camp and erase a rough 2019 preseason. If Johnson has worked the drops out of his game then he can definitely push for a roster spot.

Where does Ventell Bryant stack up with these other hopefuls? He has great size at 6'3″ and about 210 lbs., much like Noah Brown and Cedrick Wilson. His special teams work also creates an over Devin Smith and Jon'Vea Johnson.

One potential deterrent for the Cowboys with Ventell is his arrest in March for a misdemeanor DUI charge. The team has certainly stuck by players with far greater infractions, and they have so far with Bryant. But it's something that will factor into the final decisions.

The arrival of new and WR Coach Adam Henry mean a fairly clean slate for these receiver prospects. will have some say in things as the holdover , but at this point it's hard to say how all of these players will measure against each other by the September 5th cut deadline.

Ventell Bryant may not have been a noticeable entity on last year's team. But he put in 12 games of work as a reserve and special teamer, which is more than any of our other contenders can say. That alone makes him a name worth remembering for the WR competition in 2020.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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