We’ve posted on two Mondays in a row now about Dez Bryant’s involvement in the second half of games this season, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Bryant has just four catches for 50 yards and no touchdowns in the second half this year, as opposed to 12 catches and three touchdowns in the first half. In losses to the Lions and Patriots, he had no catches in the second half.
According to the team, there is no concrete reason as to why Bryant has been so quiet down the home stretch of games this season. They want to get the ball to Bryant, but for whatever reason, it just hasn’t happened. Here’s how receivers coach Jimmy Robinson explained it in a post on the Dallas Morning News’ Cowboys Blog today:
"I don't think there is any conspiracy going on first of all that we haven't gotten him the ball as much as we'd like to and as much as he'd probably like for us to,'' Robinson said.
"If you're a receiver in the NFL, you realize sometimes it rains, sometimes it pours and sometimes it's a drought. It's just the way it goes.
“There is no plan that, 'hey, we're going to throw it to Dez here in the first quarter and not until next week.' It's just the way it is. There is nothing intentional.
"Believe me, we'd like to get the ball to him.''
So, there’s no anti-Dez conspiracy going on here, which seems to make sense--because, you know, why would there be? That said, Robinson, who believes that Bryant’s focus isn’t much of an issue, wouldn’t guarantee that we won’t be having this same conversation next week following the team’s week seven game against the Rams.
"Hopefully this week he'll get some more opportunities,” Robinson said. “But again, we may be talking about this again next week.''
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