Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is an incredible athlete and a dominant NFL player. Some are tentative to label him a top five WR, but he’s proving them wrong. You may not like his attitude or demonstrative body language but you can’t deny his talent. Bryant wants to be the best at his position and it will start in 2014.
Bryant has been on a torrid pace the past couple seasons. He ranks seventh in receptions (185), sixth in yardage (2,615), and nobody has more touchdowns than his 25.
I think Bryant can top 1,600 yards, 15 TDs and 110 receptions. He’s made no secret that he thinks that he can eventually get to 2,000 yards and 20 TDs. Now those are pretty lofty goals, but if you don’t think you can do it then it’s not going to happen.
Some people take his confidence as cockiness, but he just has tremendous belief in his abilities. That doesn’t mean he just goes out there and expects to put up numbers, he is constantly trying to perfect his craft.
He works constantly before and after practice to get better. The most recent example came during this year’s OTAs. He routinely stayed after to do extra drill work with quarterbacks and coaches. While many are stuck labeling him a trouble maker, he’s trying to be the best player he can be.
Over the past five seasons 1,600 yards has been good enough to win the yardage title if you exclude the freakish 1,900+ yards Calvin Johnson had in 2012.
The numbers I predicted earlier for Bryant are not ridiculous to project. He would have to average 100 yards, seven receptions, and almost a touchdown per game. Those type of numbers are not out unreachable, although he must stay healthy.
With the departure of Miles Austin there are more targets to be had in Dallas. Those will be spread around, but Bryant will likely get the majority of them. That coupled with Scott Linehan likely moving Bryant around to find mismatches, will increase Bryant’s production.
You may not want to give him the credit he deserves, but, like it or not, he’s going to take it. He’s going to lead the NFL in receiving in 2014, cementing him as one of the league’s best WRs.