Dez Bryant is a talent. There’s little debate there. If you caught the Cowboys-Pats game earlier this evening, you probably saw Bryant make a catch near the sideline, where he was pinned in by Pats’ safety Patrick Chung. Chung’s job first and foremost obviously is to make the tackle, or at the very least, force Bryant back to the inside where all his help is. Bryant, however, juked the crap out of Chung, got around him down the sideline and headed upfield for a big gain. There aren’t a lot of guys that could have made that play.
However, while the talent is there, the consistency isn’t. Bryant does something that DeSean Jackson is often criticized for. He disappears… a lot. Dez Bryant has a grand total of two catches in the second half of games this year. Two. That’s not exactly the kind of production you want from one of your “superstar” players. The NFC East has no shortage of great, young receivers, and your perception may vary, but my perception is that Dez Bryant seems to get more attention than the rest. Here are the young receivers’ career numbers at the same point Dez Bryant is at in his career right now, through 5 games in his second season:
|Player (in alphabetical order)||Rec||Yards||TD|
It should be noted that Bryant has missed some time. Maclin, Nicks, and Jackson all have as well, but Bryant has missed the most. (Insert debate here that Bryant may not be as durable as the others). Anyway, to answer the question in the title of this post… In my opinion, no, the productivity doesn’t match the talent, at least not in comparison to the NFC East’s other great young talents at WR.