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Phillips: Expectations Even Higher For Dez

If wide receiver Roy Williams is officially released soon as the reports and all indications suggest, Dez Bryant will have a lot more responsibility in his second year.

He's now a starter.

Bryant has starter-quality skills, and he showed Pro Bowl ability in his 12-game rookie season. The next step is playing all the receiver positions and becoming an all-around threat, just the way Miles Austin has progressed over a five-year span.

The other factor is health. Bryant has rehabbed a fractured fibula this offseason without the supervision of the Cowboys' medical and athletic training staff. It's uncertain whether he'll be fully active at the start of training camp, but once he does get going, the Cowboys absolutely need him for a full 16 games.

Frankly, they could use Patrick Crayton back as a third receiver. Trading Crayton for a seventh-round pick last September sapped their depth.

So...Sam Hurd anyone? I was told back in February not to rule out Hurd re-signing even though the Cowboys chose not to tender him as a potential restricted free agent. They didn't want to pay him $2 million, but at a lesser price he'd be a nice addition.

*@robphillips3 (Twitter)

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