Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Detailing Dez Bryant: Week 8
By Tim MacMahon
We fast-forwarded through the first half, since Dez Bryant didn't get a ball thrown his direction until midway through the third quarter of the blowout loss to the Eagles. His other four targets all came in the final seven minutes of the game.
The weekly Bryant throw-by-throw recap:
INCOMPLETE: On second-and-10 from the Dallas 20, Bryant lines up wide right off the line of scrimmage with Miles Austin in the slot and runs a quick screen, taking two steps upfield and coming back toward the ball. Tony Romo’s throw, which was deflected by Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker, is at Bryant’s feet. Austin blocked cornerback Asante Samuel out of the play, so Bryant would have had room to run.
11-YARD GAIN: On second-and-10 from the Philadelphia 16, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a slant with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie giving him a 10-yard cushion. Bryant runs through a tackle attempt by Rodgers-Cromartie and breaks a tackle by safety Kurt Coleman to pick up the first down.
INCOMPLETE: On third-and-goal from the Philadelphia 2, Bryant lines up wide left with Nnamdi Asomugha in press coverage and runs a fade. Asomugha maintains contact with Bryant throughout the play, preventing Bryant from getting his right hand up to try to catch Romo’s back-shoulder throw and prompting an animated discussion with the official standing a few yards away.
8-YARD GAIN: On second-and-10 from the Dallas 32, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a short in cut, catching the pass from Romo near the numbers on the field. He breaks back outside and stiff-arms cornerback Joselio Hanson to the ground and splits linebacker Jamar Chaney and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett to get a few extra yards.
9-YARD GAIN: On second-and-10 from the Dallas 48, Bryant lines up wide right and runs a short in cut, settling into a soft spot in the zone in the middle of the field. He makes Coleman miss after the catch and is tackled from behind by defensive end Jason Babin.