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Dez Bryant

88
WR
Height: 
6-2

Weight:

220

Age

28
Oklahoma State
7 Years Pro

2016 Season

  • rec50
  • yds796
  • avg-
  • tds8
stats

PRO: The Dallas Cowboys saw fortune fall their way in the bottom half of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft when Dez Bryant was still on the board.

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PRO: The Dallas Cowboys saw fortune fall their way in the bottom half of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft when Dez Bryant was still on the board. Regarded by many as one of the top wide receivers and all-around collegiate athletes in the draft class, Bryant found a home with the Cowboys when Dallas traded its 27th overall pick along with a third round choice to New England for the 24th overall pick and a fourth round selection to move up to take the wide receiver. Despite playing just three games as a junior, missing the remainder of the season due to an NCAA mandated suspension, Cowboys personnel staff and coaches saw enough on Bryant's résumé to make the move in order to add a receiver with the ability to change the game. Bryant did not disappoint in his injury-shortened rookie season as he finished second all-time among club rookies with 45 catches, third with six receiving touchdowns, tied for fifth with eight overall touchdowns and fifth with 564 yards. As was the case at Oklahoma State, Bryant also proved to be a threat on special teams as he returned two punts for touchdowns, including a 93-yarder, averaged 14.3 yards-per-punt return and 22.4 yards-per-kickoff return. Bryant was healthy for the majority of his second season, battling a thigh bruise early which forced him to miss one game. Despite the injury, Bryant finished second on the team in all receiving categories with 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. He also led the team with 103 yards on 15 punt returns for a 6.9-yard average. The native Texan (attended Lufkin High School, 175 miles southeast of Dallas) looks to carry on the strong tradition of Cowboys receivers wearing the number 88 as both Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin had storied careers in the number.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY:

12/8/10: Placed on Reserve/Injured (fractured right ankle).

4/22/10: Drafted in the first round (24th overall) by Dallas.

2011:

• Finished second on the team in all receiving categories, with 63 catches for 928 yards (14.7 avg.) and nine touchdowns.

• Opened the 2011 season at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) with three catches for 71 yards and a punt return for 12 yards - all in the first quarter - before suffering a thigh injury and being limited throughout the rest of the game.

• Missed the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18) with a thigh injury.

• Returned to the starting lineup for the home-opening win over Washington (9/26) and had a team-best 63 yards on four catches.

• Had a season-best five catches for a season-high 90 yards with a touchdown against St. Louis (10/23).

• Was held to three catches for 28 yards at Philadelphia (10/30).

• Finished the Washington (11/20) win with three catches for 68 yards and one touchdown catch.

• Had three catches for 35 yards and a season-long 20-yard punt return on Thanksgiving Day against Miami (11/24). His long return came on Dallas' game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.

• Led the team with eight catches for a team-best 86 yards with his seventh touchdown catch of the season at Arizona (12/4).

• Was held to just one catch - a 50-yard touchdown reception for the longest catch of his career - and a punt return for 10 yards against the N.Y. Giants (12/11).

• Had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in the win at Tampa Bay (12/17).

• Led the team with six catches and 62 receiving yards in the home finale against Philadelphia (12/24).

• Closed out the season at the N.Y. Giants (1/1/12) with six catches for 70 yards, two punt returns for 13 yards and his first three kickoff returns for 55 yards.

2010:

• Despite playing in only 12 games due to a fractured ankle, finished third on the team in receiving yards (561) and touchdown catches (six) and fourth in receptions (45).

• His 45 catches were the second-most among rookies in club history while his touchdown catches were third and his receiving yards were fifth.

• Among league rookies in 2010, his touchdown receptions were third while his receiving yards were fourth.

• Also shined on return teams, returning two punts for touchdowns and finishing his shortened season with a 14.3 average on 15 punt returns.

• Is the fifth club rookie with a punt return for a touchdown on his résumé, just the second with two and the fifth overall to take back more than one in a season.

• Also saw time as a kickoff returner, boasting a 24.4-yard average on 12 kickoff returns.

• Made his NFL debut in the season opener at Washington (9/12) and finished second on the team with eight catches for 56 yards to tie a club rookie single-game receptions record (Bob Hayes, vs. Philadelphia, 10/10/65, and Jason Witten, vs. Miami, 11/27/03). Also had one punt return for 11 yards.

• In the home opener against Chicago (9/19), scored his first career professional touchdown on a 62-yard punt return - the first Dallas rookie with a punt return for a touchdown since Reggie Swinton took one 65 yards for a score against Denver (11/22/01). Also had two catches for 52 yards.

• Finished the win at Houston (9/26) with four catches for 50 yards and a punt return for 12 yards.

• Made his first career start in a three-receiver set against Tennessee (10/10) and finished with three catches for 22 yards and three punt returns for one yard.

• Had one catch for a 31-yard touchdown - his first career receiving touchdown - at Minnesota (10/17).

• Against the N.Y. Giants (10/25) had a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown which was the second-longest punt return in Cowboys history and the second-longest by a rookie - Dennis Morgan, 98 yards, at St. Louis (10/13/74). It also was his second punt return for a touchdown on the season to make him the seventh Cowboy and the first league rookie to accomplish the feat since Devin Hester had three in 2006.

• Also against the Giants, hauled in two touchdown passes to mark his first career multiple-receiving touchdown game. With three overall touchdowns on the day, became the first Cowboys rookie with three touchdowns in a game since Emmitt Smith had four against Phoenix (12/16/90).

• On the day, had four catches for 54 yards, two touchdowns, one punt return for a 93-yard touchdown and two kickoff returns - the first of his career - for 25 yards.

• Had seven catches for 84 yards and a 12-yard punt return against Jacksonville (10/31).

• Led the team with a team rookie record nine catches for 86 yards with a touchdown and two punt returns for four yards at Green Bay (11/7).

• Led the team with his first 100-yard effort  at the N.Y. Giants (11/14) with 104 yards and a touchdown along with four kickoff returns for 86 yards. His 104 yards marked the first 100-yard outing by a Dallas rookie since Antonio Bryant rattled off 170 yards at Washington (12/29/02).

• Against Detroit (11/21) caught three passes for eight yards and a touchdown with a kickoff return for 15 yards. Upped his season receptions total to 44 to tie Antonio Bryant (2002) for second among Cowboys rookies. His sixth receiving touchdown also tied Bryant for the second-most by a team rookie.

• Was held without a catch for the first time of his career on Thanksgiving Day against New Orleans (11/25). Had two kickoff returns for 60 yards, including a 31-yarder, and one punt return for 13 yards.

• In the overtime win at Indianapolis (12/5), had one catch for 14 yards and three kickoff returns for 107 yards with a career-long 43-yard return before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a fractured right ankle. Was placed on Reserve/Injured Dec. 8 after undergoing surgery on his right ankle on Dec. 6.

COLLEGE

• As a junior, was a preseason consensus All-America, All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection, member of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award Watch Lists in his final collegiate season in 2009.

• Served an NCAA mandated suspension that limited him to the three games, but still managed to finish third on the team with 17 catches for 323 yards (19.0 avg.) and four touchdowns.

• Added 111 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, on three punt returns and returned two kickoffs for 43 yards, finishing his shortened season with 477 all-purpose yards (159.0 yards-per-game).

• Earned All-America first-team honors from numerous outlets, joining running back Kendall Hunter as the first OSU sophomore position players to receive national recognition since Thurman Thomas in 1985.

• Was also a first-team All-Big 12 choice and finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver, after starting all 13 games and leading the conference in receiving yards-per-game (113.9), scoring (9.7 – tied for second in the nation), touchdown receptions (19), punt return average (18.0).

• Finished with a 17.0 yard-per-catch average (1,480 on 87 catches) which was the second-most yard-per-catch average and single-season reception total in school history, while his 1,480 yards were the fifth-most in a season in conference history and his 19 touchdowns established a school record, previously held by Rashaun Woods (17 in 2002).

• For the season, totaled 128 points to rank second in school history behind Barry Sanders' NCAA record of 234 points set in 1988.

• Had a Holiday Bowl record with 13 catches for 167 yards before missing most of the second half with a left knee ligament tear that required surgery.

• Finished 13th in the nation, returning 17 punts for 305 yards with two returned for touchdowns.

• His 1,885 all-purpose yards was fourth in the conference and 23rd nationally.

• Named a Freshman All-America second-team, starting all 12 games in his first collegiate season for OSU.

• Finished with 43 receptions for 622 yards (14.5) and six touchdowns, while gaining 16 rushing yards on two end arounds and 15 yards on two punt returns.

PERSONAL:

• Finished his prep career at Lufkin High School as a Parade All-American, catching 53 passes for 1,207 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.

• Was rated as the 29th-best overall high school football player by ESPN.com, helping guide Lufkin to the state championship.

• Earned an invitation to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Game.

COMMUNITY:

• 2010 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.

• 2012 Dallas Cowboys/Miller Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas.

• 2012 Reliant Home Run Derby benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.

• Annual team Holiday Hospital Visits.

• Annual team Kickoff Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.

• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.

Stats

Career Stats

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
seasonteamggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
2016DAL131350796-568-----11
2015DAL9931401-513-------
2014DAL1616881,320-6816-------
2013DAL1616931,233-791311-1031
2012DAL1614921,382-85122-5-6052
2011DAL151363928-50915-5031
2010DAL12245561-46610-0011
TOTAL4626,621-856751-60136

Recent Games

receivingrushingfumbles
wkopresultrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
17@PHIL 13-2700--0-------
16DETW 42-21470-252-------
15TBW 26-20882-230-------
14@NYGL 7-10110-100-----11
13@MINW 17-15484-561-------
12WASW 31-26572-260-------
11BALW 27-17680-262-------
10@PITW 35-306116-501-------
9@CLEW 35-10119-190-------
8PHIW 29-234113-531-------
6@GBW 30-16------------
5CINW 28-14------------
4@SFW 24-17------------
3CHIW 31-17340-171-------
2@WASW 27-237102-210-------
1NYGL 19-2018-80-------

receiving

yearteamgrecydsavgyds/glngtd20+40+1stfum
2016DAL135079615.961.2568103381
2015DAL93140112.944.651332180
2014DAL16881,3201582.56816225600
2013DAL16931,23313.377.17913144673
2012DAL16921,3821586.48512196542
2011DAL156392814.761.9509172481
2010DAL124556112.546.846683270
TOTAL 974626,62114.368.3856793253127

rushing

yearteamgattatt/gydsavgyds/gtdlng1st1st%20+40+fum
2016DAL13------------
2015DAL9------------
2014DAL16------------
2013DAL1610.1110.1010-000
2012DAL1620.1-5-2.5-0.3060-000
2011DAL1510.1550.3050-000
2010DAL1210.10-0000-000
TOTAL 9750.110.20060-000

passing

yearteamgattcomppctatt/gydsavgyds/gtdtd%intint%lng20+40+scksckyrate
2016DAL13111000.110100.811000-100000147.9
2015DAL9-----------------
2014DAL16-----------------
2013DAL16-----------------
2012DAL16-----------------
2011DAL15-----------------
2010DAL12-----------------
TOTAL 9711100010100.111000-100000147.9

kick returns

yearteamgretydsavglngtd20+40+fcfum
2016DAL13---------
2015DAL9---------
2014DAL16---------
2013DAL16---------
2012DAL16---------
2011DAL1535518.32601000
2010DAL121229324.44308200
TOTAL 971534823.24309200

punt returns

yearteamgretydsavglngtd20+40+fcfum
2016DAL13---------
2015DAL9---------
2014DAL16---------
2013DAL16---------
2012DAL1612665.54401122
2011DAL15151036.92001052
2010DAL121521514.39322201
TOTAL 97423849.19324375

fumbles

yearteamgfumlostffown fropp frown ydsopp ydstdoobsftytb
2016DAL1311-----0000
2015DAL9-------0---
2014DAL16-------0---
2013DAL1631-----0100
2012DAL1652-2-0-0000
2011DAL1531-1-0-0000
2010DAL1211-1-0-0000
TOTAL 97136-40000100

defensive

yearteamgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
2016DAL13110000-----
2015DAL90---0------
2014DAL16110000-----
2013DAL16211001-----
2012DAL16110000-----
2011DAL15220000-----
2010DAL12110000-----
TOTAL 97871001000-0

preseason

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
108/13/2016@LAL 24-2811228-181-------
208/19/2016MIAW 14-4111246-281-------
308/25/2016@SEAL 17-2700------------
409/01/2016HOUL 28-1700------------
TOTAL 22474-282-------

regular season

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
109/11/2016NYGL 20-191118-80-------
209/18/2016@WASW 27-23117102-210-------
309/25/2016CHIW 17-3111340-171-------
410/02/2016@SFW 24-1700------------
510/09/2016CINW 14-2800------------
610/16/2016@GBW 30-1600------------
810/30/2016PHIW 23-29114113-531-------
911/06/2016@CLEW 35-1011119-190-------
1011/13/2016@PITW 35-30116116-501-------
1111/20/2016BALW 17-2711680-262-------
1211/24/2016WASW 26-3111572-260-------
1312/01/2016@MINW 17-1511484-561-------
1412/11/2016@NYGL 7-1011110-100-----11
1512/18/2016TBW 20-2611882-230-------
1612/26/2016DETW 21-4211470-252-------
1701/01/2017@PHIL 13-271100--0-------
TOTAL 131350796-568-----11

postseason

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
1901/15/2017GBL 34-31119132-402-------
TOTAL 119132-402-------

receiving splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Baltimore Ravens168013.3265-210
Chicago Bears134013.3173-100
Cincinnati Bengals0---------
Cleveland Browns111919191-000
Detroit Lions147017.5254-210
Green Bay Packers0---------
Minnesota Vikings148421563-111
New York Giants22189100-000
Philadelphia Eagles2411328.3533-131
Pittsburgh Steelers1611619.3505-111
San Francisco 49ers0---------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers188210.3235-010
Washington Redskins21217414.5269-020

receiving splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Outside Own Division73249115.35626-752
vs AFC Teams31321516.55011-321
vs NFC Teams103758115.75627-582
vs Own Division61830516.95312-151

receiving splits - split by MONTH

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
December41724614.55612-331
January100--0-000
November41828715.95015-331
October1411328.3533-131
September31115013.6218-110

receiving splits - split by STADIUM

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
AT&T Stadium731465155324-671
FedExField1710214.6215-010
FirstEnergy Stadium111919191-000
Heinz Field1611619.3505-111
Lambeau Field0---------
Levi's Stadium0---------
Lincoln Financial Field100--0-000
MetLife Stadium111010100-000
U.S. Bank Stadium148421563-111

receiving splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Losses32189100-000
Wins104877816.25638-8103

receiving splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Mondays147017.5254-210
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2915617.3567-121
Sundays103757015.45327-572

passing splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgattcomppctydsavglngtdint1st1st%20+scksckyrate
Baltimore Ravens1--------------
Chicago Bears1--------------
Cincinnati Bengals0--------------
Cleveland Browns1--------------
Detroit Lions111100101010101100000147.9
Green Bay Packers0--------------
Minnesota Vikings1--------------
New York Giants2--------------
Philadelphia Eagles2--------------
Pittsburgh Steelers1--------------
San Francisco 49ers0--------------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1--------------
Washington Redskins2--------------

passing splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgattcomppctydsavglngtdint1st1st%20+scksckyrate
Outside Own Division711100101010101100000147.9
vs AFC Teams3--------------
vs NFC Teams1011100101010101100000147.9
vs Own Division6--------------

passing splits - split by MONTH

splitgattcomppctydsavglngtdint1st1st%20+scksckyrate
December411100101010101100000147.9
January1--------------
November4--------------
October1--------------
September3--------------

passing splits - split by STADIUM

splitgattcomppctydsavglngtdint1st1st%20+scksckyrate
AT&T Stadium711100101010101100000147.9
FedExField1--------------
FirstEnergy Stadium1--------------
Heinz Field1--------------
Lambeau Field0--------------
Levi's Stadium0--------------
Lincoln Financial Field1--------------
MetLife Stadium1--------------
U.S. Bank Stadium1--------------

passing splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgattcomppctydsavglngtdint1st1st%20+scksckyrate
Losses3--------------
Wins1011100101010101100000147.9

passing splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgattcomppctydsavglngtdint1st1st%20+scksckyrate
Mondays111100101010101100000147.9
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2--------------
Sundays10--------------

fumbles splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Baltimore Ravens1-----0
Chicago Bears1-----0
Cincinnati Bengals0------
Cleveland Browns1------
Detroit Lions1-----0
Green Bay Packers0------
Minnesota Vikings1-----0
New York Giants211----
Philadelphia Eagles2-----0
Pittsburgh Steelers1-----0
San Francisco 49ers0------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1------
Washington Redskins2------

fumbles splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Outside Own Division7-----0
vs AFC Teams3-----0
vs NFC Teams1011---0
vs Own Division611---0

fumbles splits - split by MONTH

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
December411---0
January1------
November4-----0
October1-----0
September3-----0

fumbles splits - split by STADIUM

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
AT&T Stadium7-----0
FedExField1------
FirstEnergy Stadium1------
Heinz Field1-----0
Lambeau Field0------
Levi's Stadium0------
Lincoln Financial Field1------
MetLife Stadium111----
U.S. Bank Stadium1-----0

fumbles splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Losses311----
Wins10-----0

fumbles splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Mondays1-----0
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2-----0
Sundays1011---0

defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Baltimore Ravens10---0------
Chicago Bears10---0------
Cincinnati Bengals00----------
Cleveland Browns10----------
Detroit Lions10---0------
Green Bay Packers00----------
Minnesota Vikings10---0------
New York Giants21100-0-----
Philadelphia Eagles20---0------
Pittsburgh Steelers10---0------
San Francisco 49ers00----------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers10----------
Washington Redskins20----------

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Outside Own Division70---0------
vs AFC Teams30---0------
vs NFC Teams10110000-----
vs Own Division6110000-----

defensive splits - split by MONTH

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
December4110000-----
January10----------
November40---0------
October10---0------
September30---0------

defensive splits - split by STADIUM

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
AT&T Stadium70---0------
FedExField10----------
FirstEnergy Stadium10----------
Heinz Field10---0------
Lambeau Field00----------
Levi's Stadium00----------
Lincoln Financial Field10----------
MetLife Stadium11100-0-----
U.S. Bank Stadium10---0------

defensive splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Losses31100-0-----
Wins100---0------

defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Mondays10---0------
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)20---0------
Sundays10110000-----

Receiving splits - FIELD TYPE

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Grass41423716.95011-121
Turf93655915.55627-782

Receiving splits - HOME/AWAY

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Home Games731465155324-671
Road Games61933117.45614-232

Receiving splits - POINT SITUATIONAL

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Ahead1724714.52614-320
Ahead by 1-8 Points1013813.8268-110
Ahead by 9-16 Points710915.6236-210
Behind1938820.45615-473
Behind by 1-8 Points1938820.45615-473
Behind by 9-16 Points00--0-000
Tied1416111.5239-110

Receiving splits - HALF

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
1st Half2745716.95620-162
2nd Half2333914.75018-741
Last Two Minutes of Half610918.2265-130

Receiving splits - FIELD TYPE POSITION

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Opp 19-1 - by Yard Line67412.3196-500
Opp 49-20 - by Yard Line1621813.62612-240
Own 1-20 - by Yard Line68914.8215-010
Own 21-50 - by Yard Line2241518.95615-153

Receiving splits - QUARTERS

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
1st Quarter1218515.4538-011
2nd Quarter1527218.15612-151
3rd Quarter1014014508-211
4th Quarter1319915.32610-530
4th Quarter within 71015115.1267-330

Receiving splits - MARGIN

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Margin 0-783658716.35625-383
Margin 15+258917.8255-210
Margin 8-143912013.3268-310