Dez Bryant is a receiver on the rise in the NFL. Bryant, like many receivers before him, made the mythological 3rd year breakout in 2012. Bryant is an immensely talented receiver who has had to overcome a lot of obstacles in life and in football. Bryant looks to be on the right path, and if he stays on that path he has the potential to be one of the best receivers in the game.
Bryant has seen a steady increase in his production since joining the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as a first round draft pick. When you look at Bryant’s career numbers as a whole they are pretty impressive, with 4.65 catches for 66.77 yards and 0.63 touchdowns per game average. The statistic that sticks out to me is the 0.63 touchdowns per game played, because when you arrive in the NFL either you can score touchdowns, or you can’t. Bryant has a 100-yard receiving game in 14% of the games he has played in, which is also the same percentage of games in which he scores 2 touchdowns or more.
These numbers are great to look at, but, as I mentioned before, Bryant has seen a steady increase in production over the first 3 seasons of his young career. Bryant has become more and more dominant each year, as indicated by his average yards per game which started at 46.8 as a rookie, then improving to 61.9 and capping it off with an 86.9 yards per game average in 2012. This is not the only statistic that has seen a jump year over year. Bryant has the knack for scoring touchdowns and it has gotten better every year from his rookie season with 6, up to 9 and going for 12 in 2012.
2012 was a breakout season for Dez Bryant, and like his career his season got better as it went. Bryant finished the year with an average of 5.75 catches for 86.4 yards and 0.75 touchdowns a game. Bryant had only one 100-yard receiving game entering 2012, but had 5 of those games in 2012, 31% of his games. Bryant also had an impressive 4 games with 2 touchdowns or more, or 25% of his games. Bryant really made his mark in weeks 10-16, which is where he also won many fantasy owners a championship.
Bryant had at least 1 touchdown a game during that 7 game stretch and had 10 total. Bryant also averaged 6.57 catches for 115 yards a game during that spell, with an impressive 17.57 yards per catch average. The reason that fantasy owners who had him in 2012 will forever love him is due to his week-16 performance, or the championship game in most fantasy leagues. Bryant exploded against the New Orleans Saints to the tune of 9 catches for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Bryant is an amazing talent who seems to have dedicated himself to his craft, and has gotten better and better each year. That type of constant improvement is why he is quickly becoming one of my favorite players. The wide receiver position is one that touchdown production is not always a given, but looking at the track record for Bryant, I would say that is what he does best. Bryant is the go to player in the Cowboys offense, and with Tony Romo under contract for the next 6 years that is not going to change. The fact is, Bryant is a beast and he has just scratched the surface of his potential.