Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant not meeting '88' expectations
|The original No. 88, Drew Pearson, says Tony Romo is trying to do too much in the Cowboys' offense as they struggle to create an identity for themselves as a team. |
Pearson is right in that Bryant hasn't establish himself as an elite receiver. He might not be the best receiver on his team -- Miles Austin holds that title now.
Bryant has 21 catches for 269 yards with no touchdowns. Asked Wednesday about his lack of a TD this season, Dez said "it will come."
Bryant has been pretty quiet this season, other than Monday's game against Chicago, when he committed two drops and made a mistake in reading the coverage leading to a Tony Romo interception. It's interesting that Bryant had eight catches for 105 yards, marking the second 100-yard game of his career. The Cowboys have lost both those games, by the way.
"When Michael and I had a chance to talk to Dez, when he came in his rookie year, we told him, ‘Don’t do what Drew Pearson did in it. Don’t do what Michael did in it. Do more than that,'" Pearson said. "I know that’s a lot to live up to, but what else is there? You live up to those expectations and people will cherish you for the rest of your life."
The expectations are very high for Bryant, but at times you wonder if they're unfair. He is a talented player but continues to baffle because of his inconsistency. You can blame it on Bryant or even the Cowboys for not putting him in better situations on the field.
Whatever it is, if the Cowboys offense is to move forward, it needs Bryant to become more of a force.
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