Durkin’s Playbook: Dez Bryant’s Scouting Report

CBS Chicago

By Dan Durkin

(CBS) At 6’2, 225 pounds with 4.5 speed, Dez Bryant is as physically gifted as any wide receiver in the league. However, it takes more than speed and strength to play wide receiver in the NFL.

The intricacy of modern passing attacks require precise route running, so quarterbacks can anticipate breaks. Split-second missteps can be the difference between an incompletion or a touchdown.

Three-quarters of the way through his fourth NFL season, Bryant continues to make flash plays and has emerged as a coverage-dictating wide receiver, but he is still learning the nuances of playing the position. The Cowboys coaching staff has wisely given Bryant a small package of routes to run to simplify his sight adjustments (coverage reads) and routes based on a cornerback’s technique.

Let’s go to the film room to look at some of the ways the Cowboys use their most dangerous offensive weapon.

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