Monday, September 17, 2012
Where is Dez Bryant after two weeks?
By Calvin Watkins
SEATTLE -- After two weeks, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has just seven catches for 102 yards and zero touchdowns.
Bryant had two drops and muffed a punt in the Cowboys' 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. It seems Bryant's outstanding play during training camp and preseason has disappeared in the regular season.
He's got just one catch over 20 yards. Last year, he led the team with 17.
"Not a setback at all," Bryant said. "I'm just going in and learning from the mistakes and going on to the next game."
Bryant is seeing different types of coverages, from press to zone. He's not having a problem getting off press coverage, but quarterback Tony Romo is consistent in throwing passes to open receivers. Romo prides himself on getting rid of the ball quickly.
A 2.5-second count is all Romo allows himself. If you're not open on the first read, he moves on.
The Cowboys' offense struggled Sunday. Romo completed passes to seven players for 251 yards. The Cowboys kept four receivers active, and only Dwayne Harris didn't record a catch.
"You can say that there was frustration," Bryant said. "It's all about, really today, it was all about getting over it and seeing if we can move on from it. But it was tough times in this game and we've just got to put it behind us and move forward."
Special teams is where Bryant can make an impact, but he didn't against Seattle. He muffed a punt, the second miscue by the Cowboys returners -- Felix Jones fumbled the opening kickoff -- and he had two drops on balls that hit his hands.
"Plays I should have made and I didn't," Bryant said. "Just got to move on from it."
In Bryant's defense, he did have just seven catches for 134 yards after three weeks in 2011. He missed Week 2 with a thigh injury, and it doesn't appear he has a physical problem now.
Bryant's lack of production in the regular season has to be concerning, at least after two weeks.