Big time wide receivers seem to be fans of Scott Linehan; just ask Calvin Johnson. Sure, Johnson was always a dominant force on the field, but when did his career start to take off? Well, that was when Linehan was named the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. The numbers don’t lie, and they featured such an enormous jump in his final three years that those who have Dez Bryant on their fantasy football teams should have reason to get excited.
Not only does Linehan love to throw the ball, but he loves to throw the ball deep to his big time targets. The target in this case is Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys‘ stud young receiver. Get excited Cowboys fans, because Bryant is going to be a huge part of this offense; and if he can get numbers anywhere near what Johnson got in his last three seasons under Linehan, then it’s going to be some fun football to watch.
Looking back at 2011-2013, Johnson had 5,137 yards (an average of over 1,712 yards per season), 33 touchdowns and 302 catches over a span of just three seasons. Those are scary numbers.
Now, I’m not here to argue that Bryant is as good as Johnson is just yet, or that he’ll get to that level, but if you’ve watched any Cowboys football then you know that he’s already on that superstar level. Last year alone, Bryant had 93 catches, 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns, and the year before that he had 92 catches, 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Enter Linehan, and let’s predict those numbers.
It’s not crazy to think that if Bryant plays in all 16 games that he tops 1,500 yards and catches 15 touchdowns. I can absolutely see those numbers coming true, and I also see him surpassing 100 catches this season as well. Bryant could end up using this season as the one that propels him to the tier that Johnson is on, which is one that you won’t find many other receivers reaching.
Bryant has said he’s in the “best shape of his career”, and that just makes it even scarier to think about what he’s capable of.