Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach has spoke recently on two important Cowboy players, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
Staubach, the three-time Super Bowl champion who captained the Cowboys during their glory days as a model NFL franchise in the 1970s, had some strong opinions particularly when it came to Bryant.
Specifically, Staubach said that Bryant, a guy many believe can be a bona fide star in the league as soon as this season, can be not just one of the game’s best receivers if he keeps developing at his current rate, but the best. Staubach’s exact words were “if he stays healthy, there won’t be a better receiver in the league than Dez Bryant”.
Certainly a strong claim to make in a league where talent rich receivers — guys like Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald — are putting their God-given ability on display week in and week out, but could Staubach be right?
I honestly can’t give an answer one way or another, but I can tell you that he isn’t that far off, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Bryant did indeed turn out to be the premier receiver in the game in a couple years’ time.
The way I look at it right now, I see Bryant, Green and Jones all in the same boat. Young receivers who have yet to reach their primes who are big time play makers. Bryant and Jones have that rare combination of size, speed and strength, where Green is more in the long and athletic mold.
If Bryant continues at his pace though — he had 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns last year — he could very well claim that title of the game’s best receiver.
Obviously, the Detroit Lions‘ Johnson is the clear cut best right now. His own blend of size and strength at the receiver position is unparalleled right now. It’s why I say that I am unsure about Bryant becoming the best in a couple years when he’s in his prime at 27, the same age Johnson is now.
But I wouldn’t put it past him.
Jake Carapella is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports. Follow him on twitter @JKCSports1.