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Stock Report: Dez Bryant is up and Doug Free is down

11/19/2012

After the Cowboys' 23-20 overtime victory against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, we give you our weekly review on who played well and who didn't in our Stock Report.

Stock Up

Dez Bryant. He continues to be the playmaker the Cowboys need. He had 12 catches for a career-high 145 yards and a 28 yard touchdown reception. Bryant is beating defenders on double-moves and is just a physical presence after he catches the ball. No need to put him back on punt returns because all his energies should be devoted to the offense.

Dan Bailey. Sure the kicks were 32 and 38 yards, but they were game-tying and game-winning field goals, and Bailey made both. Bailey is 19-of-20 on total field goals this season and is 9-9 from 30-39 yards. If there's a reliable player on this team he's one of them.

Danny McCray. The safety had his best game of the season with six solo tackles on defense and two special teams tackles. He was a presence against a tough runner like Trent Richardson (95 yards rushing) and did fine job in the passing game. While yes the Cowboys miss Barry Church (torn Achilles) but they've discovered McCray can be a valuable member of the defense as well.

Stock Down



Doug Free. Officially quarterback Tony Romo was sacked a career-high seven times and Free unofficially allowed two of them. He just isn't athletic enough to man his position on a consistent basis. He's a strong guy, but maybe he's using the wrong technique in defending pass rushers. Something is wrong with Free. Health? Skill? Mental? Something is wrong. Cowboys need to fix their starting right tackle.

Jason Garrett. The quarterback attempted 50 passes, there were 27 attempts to Miles Austin and Bryant combined, but somehow the offense can't produce points. Dallas scored just two touchdowns on Sunday, Felix Jones' run and Bryant's catch, against the Browns. Garrett's offense is hampered by an inconsistent offensive line but the head coach has to do something better than this.

The rest of the offensive line. Yes the line missed left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) but there was inconsistency from the rest of the crew. It has to perform better. Cowboys averaged just three yards per carry and Romo was hit 10 times. That's not unacceptable.