It seems like the Dallas Cowboys have forgotten about wide receiver Dez Bryant at times this season. On Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears he caught just two passes for 12 yards.
After Dez Bryant’s strong finish to the 2012 season, people were expecting him to have a monster 2013 campaign. He has caught 70 passes for 908 yards and 10 touchdowns, all numbers that are comprable to last season, but not the growth fans might have been expecting.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says Bryant has “improved greatly” even if the numbers don’t necessarily reflect it.
“He’s improved greatly,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a much more mature player than he’s been, and you get into those situations where he might not be as productive in terms of how many receptions. But you’ve got to evaluate how he’s playing, and he’s been very good for us.”
Part of the problem for Dez has been the frequent double teams. Quarterback Tony Romo admitted that he doesn’t like throwing into double teams on Bryant.
“It’s never a good matchup one vs. two,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “When it’s one-on-one it’s a pretty good matchup. But one-on-two is never in anyone’s favor in the National Football League. And for every time that you might come down with one you’re going to have an incompletion or a turnover on the next one.
“I just think that you’ve got decent players, throw it to the guy who is singled up and let him go beat his guy.”