Receiver Dez Bryant has not caught a pass in the second half in three games this season. The issue was most acute in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots when the Cowboys didn’t even target Bryant in two trips inside the red zone when they had to settle for field goals.
Bryant was very emotional on the sideline about his lack of opportunities.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was diplomatic about Bryant’s inability to get the ball, pointing out how they like to spread the ball around to a number of weapons.
But owner Jerry Jones was more pointed on his radio show on Tuesday morning on 105.3 the Fan. He said Bryant’s needs to work harder and run better routes, while hinting that his route running led to some of quarterback Tony Romo’s interceptions.
At least three of Romo’s interceptions this season have come on passes attempted to Bryant, including one on Sunday against the Patriots.
"Dez needs to concentrate,” Jones said. “ I'm not being critical of him, but he needs to continue to concentrate on his route running because there's a reason for harping on running correct routes even though you're a great receiver and that is it gets you open and it causes other people to get open as well if each receiver will run his route."
"We'll see more of him," Jones continued. "We would like to have him but of course you have to watch just trying to get the ball to him completely because that's where we got one of those interceptions here two weeks ago."