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September 19, 2012

The Cowboys still are waiting on Dez Bryant to become a consistent, impact player

The Cowboys continue to wait for Dez Bryant to explode. Now three years and 29 games into his career, Bryant still hasn't had the impact the Cowboys expected when they made him a first-round draft pick in 2010.

He has shown flashes, especially during his rookie season. But he has only one career 100-yard game, that coming against the Giants in 2010.

Bryant has struggled at times to get off press coverage, including against the Seahawks. He has been the target of 12 Tony Romo passes in two games and has made seven catches for 102 yards. Though STATS, Inc., lists Bryant with only one drop this season, it appeared he had two in the Seahawks game last week when he made three catches for only 17 yards.

"They have good cover corners," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of the Seahawks. "At different times, our protection wasn’t as good as it needs to be. Dez was open on a couple situations where we weren’t able to get him the ball,open on a couple situations where he didn’t finish the play himself. So I think if we convert on a few of those things, I think we look at his game a little differently against Seattle. Dez is like everyone else. You just have to keep playing him through the tough parts of a ball game and over the stretch of ball games. We’ve got to come back this week, he’s certainly a big part of what we’re doing. Defensive teams we go against certainly know where 88 is, and we certainly do, too. We’re going to try get him going, and he’s certainly got a big part in that as well. It’ll be a good challenge this week against these corners."

Bryant also has failed to impact the return game so far this season, with only 2 yards on four punt returns this season. He has a career punt return average of 9.4, including 14.3 yards per punt return as a rookie when he took two for touchdowns.

Garrett was asked if Bryant is pressing too much, because he's not making plays.

"That’s natural for any player," Garrett said. "You just have to make sure you do your job and what’s asked of you on that play. My experience of football in all three phases, if you do that, it gives you a chance for individual success, and certainly team success. We have to keep doing that, regardless of the situation in the ball game."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean 




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