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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant: a dangerous question

As the Redskins prepare for the season opener Sunday night against the rival Dallas Cowboys, one player they have not been able to scout is rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Bryant, the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft, missed all of the preseason because of a high ankle sprain he suffered early in late July. And because of an NCAA suspension, it has been nearly a year since Bryant has suited up for a game - his last was Sept. 19, 2009, when he caught 161 yards and two touchdowns for Oklahoma State in a win over Rice.

Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for all but three games in 2009 after lying to investigators about his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.

Despite the extended absence, Bryant's obvious talent has the Cowboys believing he can be an instant playmaker. And Bryant recently told reporters he is "ready to unleash."

The Redskins secondary is approaching the rookie that way.

"I just [will try to] get a beat on really how fast he is playing man-to-man and some zones we play, but other than I just got to play my technique," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "I'm thinking of [Bryant as] the best, he's this type of guy, he's a fast guy, he's a big guy, I'm thinking he should be strong. And if there's anything less than that, I'll try to take advantage of it."

That they have not yet seen him on film does present somewhat of a challenge, but players said they mostly have plugged Bryant into the routes they see the Cowboys' 'X' receivers running on tape.

Bryant's college reputation is enough to warrant the respect of the Redskins veterans entering Sunday night's opener.

"Even though we don't have any tape on him we know what he did in college," safety LaRon Landry said. "He's a great receiver and he adds to the tandem [of] the receiving corps. They got a great receiving corps and a quarterback that can give them the ball."

By Paul Tenorio  |  September 10, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

The real question is: how does this affect Albert Haynesworth?

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 10, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I am a fan of all great athletes, regardless of their team.

Posted by: SportsWriter | September 10, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Lets' all say it together: Dez Bryant is a ROOKIE and he did not play one lick of pre-season ball!!!!!!!!!!

Give me a break. Unless he's Jerry Rice or Randy Moss he will be a no factor Sunday night. NFL WR rookies are usually not so good thier first year or TWO.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

what was his 40 time again...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 10, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

first! to say that 'Los will drop a sure pick six vs. Bryant

Posted by: shanahanman | September 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

lol, I'll take a rookie WR who hasn't played a down all preseason ANY day of the week. He is much more likely to be a liability to Dallas, not a threat to Washington. Sensationalist journalism sells, I guess.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | September 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's the real question about Dez: Was his mother a prostitute?

Posted by: notthecrochunter | September 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Dez Bryant reminds me of DOO-DOO Brown.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 10, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

4.52 after a quick search...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 10, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Let him catch a pass over the middle so LL can "Welcome" him to Washington. He'll be scared to catch anything in the open field the rest of the game.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | September 10, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

which means our secondary is weak not Bryant is a threat

Posted by: shanahanman | September 10, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/03/30/bryant-posts-expected-40-times-during-private-workout/

Yeah, mid 4.5 range. There's a link with the rest of his work out numbers.

Posted by: dfbovey | September 10, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

My tummy hurts again. Coach said I should take the weekend off.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Lol a Pep-Rally?

Do we all get to miss 5th and 6th period?

Will the Pom-Pom's be there?

Will the Dance Team be there?

Will Principal Dondelinger tell us to stick it to State?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's the real question about Dez: Was his mother a prostitute?

Posted by: notthecrochunter | September 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Good point, you can laugh but Dez Bryant is better than any of the receivers on our team.

Posted by: SportsWriter | September 10, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I think it is bye week anyway.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 10, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Dez Nuts.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 10, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Here we are getting all pumped up as fans against the Cowboys, and the players are planning a little protest before the game. Give me a break...


Jason Witten applauds union solidarity
September, 10, 2010 By Matt Mosley

IRVING, Texas -- Just to be honest, watching Saints and Vikings players step onto the field shortly before kickoff Thursday night to hold up their right index fingers in a show of union solidarity didn't do much for me. You think the fans inside the Superdome had spent the offseason worrying about the collective bargaining agreement? Me neither.

But when I stopped by Valley Ranch on Friday afternoon, Cowboys players were still buzzing about that display of unity. Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, who serves as one of the team's player representatives, didn't see the show of solidarity live but he quickly heard about it from teammates.

"I thinks it's special," said Witten following practice. "Guys on our team are talking about it and it's especially neat to see Drew Brees and Steve Hutchinson, some of the best players in the league, showing that. It's very unselfish on their part."

Center Andre Gurode said he was encouraged by what the Vikings and Saints did and thought the Cowboys would likely have a team meeting to discuss whether they would do something similar before Sunday night's game at Fedex.

"We're all in this together," he said. "Past, present and future players."

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 10, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Good point, you can laugh but Dez Bryant is better than any of the receivers on our team.

Posted by: SportsWriter | September 10, 2010 5:04 PM

You're basing this on what he did against Rice...or just general hype?

Nobody knows how a college receiver will translate into the NFL. NFL talent evaluators miss on them every year.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 10, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The real question is: how does this affect Albert Haynesworth?

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 10, 2010 4:40 PM

Now dat's funny right dere.

Posted by: skinswest | September 10, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Good point, you can laugh but Dez Bryant is better than any of the receivers on our team.

Posted by: SportsWriter | September 10, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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He's an unproven rookie. There's no way of telling that at this point.

Posted by: dfbovey | September 10, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm still buzzing. Hope I don't have to pee in a cup tomorrow.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 10, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Here we are getting all pumped up as fans against the Cowboys, and the players are planning a little protest before the game. Give me a break...


Jason Witten applauds union solidarity
September, 10, 2010 By Matt Mosley

IRVING, Texas -- Just to be honest, watching Saints and Vikings players step onto the field shortly before kickoff Thursday night to hold up their right index fingers in a show of union solidarity didn't do much for me. You think the fans inside the Superdome had spent the offseason worrying about the collective bargaining agreement? Me neither.

But when I stopped by Valley Ranch on Friday afternoon, Cowboys players were still buzzing about that display of unity. Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, who serves as one of the team's player representatives, didn't see the show of solidarity live but he quickly heard about it from teammates.

"I thinks it's special," said Witten following practice. "Guys on our team are talking about it and it's especially neat to see Drew Brees and Steve Hutchinson, some of the best players in the league, showing that. It's very unselfish on their part."

Center Andre Gurode said he was encouraged by what the Vikings and Saints did and thought the Cowboys would likely have a team meeting to discuss whether they would do something similar before Sunday night's game at Fedex.

"We're all in this together," he said. "Past, present and future players."

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 10, 2010 5:08 PM

Yeah but in true Redskins/Dallas fashion they'll be holding up their middle fingers.

Posted by: skinswest | September 10, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm still buzzing. Hope I don't have to pee in a cup tomorrow.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth

Every once in a great while, Albert cracks me up.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 10, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Dez Bryant reminds me of DOO-DOO Brown.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 10, 2010 4:50 PM
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poopy..i read a lot of your postings...some are ok..others are kind of wack...but this one is funny very funny..keep up the poop work

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 10, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

F Dez Bryant

Posted by: chrislarry | September 10, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Every once in a great while, Albert cracks me up.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 10, 2010 5:17 PM

Don't be suckered by that ChiaPet troll.. come to think of it, beep-beep hasn't been here in a while.

Posted by: SportsWriter | September 10, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

beeeeeeeep

Posted by: skinswest | September 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so, what happened?

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 10, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tom Brady likey.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 10, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"The real question is: how does this affect Albert Haynesworth?"

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | September 10, 2010 4:40 PM

...And what does D. Hall have to say about it?

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | September 10, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

["I just [will try to] get a beat on really how fast he is playing man-to-man and some zones we play, but other than I just got to play my technique," cornerback Carlos Rogers said.]

Really, a "beat on"? Are you sure he didn't say "bead on"?

Sure, putting a "beat on" Bryant would be nice, but I doubt CR will do that. Landry, perhaps.

Posted by: GoTeamGoTeamGooooooTeamYay | September 10, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Bryant will be the best wr on the field Sunday nite. He'll make his presence known immediately kinda like DeShaun Jackson

Posted by: coparker5 | September 10, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse


Dez Bryant reminds me of DOO-DOO Brown.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 10, 2010 4:50 PM
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poopy..i read a lot of your postings...some are ok..others are kind of wack...but this one is funny very funny..keep up the poop work

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 10, 2010 5:19 PM |

This is a post of Poopy commenting on his own post using the handle jcnjcnj. This guy has several handles and several computers to boot.
He's also known as Albert_Haynesworth and BarackObama. ITA at all cost.

HE WILL RESPOND TO THIS POST. COOK IT !

Posted by: hessone | September 10, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

LL and RD will turn Dez boy into alligator boy! Skins 'D' will take at least one to the house, Captain Chaos will have a big game, will make up for his "Scout Team" No No. Santana will break at least one. Girls will be held to 4 field goals. Skins 31 Girls 12. F*** the Cowgirls!!! HTTR!

Posted by: ho-skin | September 10, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I predict two turnovers by way of Dezzy, one bounces off his hands and one will come from running a wrong route

Posted by: kingpenn1 | September 10, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This post is nonsense, Bryant has proven NOTHING in this league yet and you can ask any Detroit fan about college stud translation to the NFL. The only thing he has proven so far is that he has a bi proxy chance to be the next pro ball player to be smashing a Kardashian.

Posted by: skins91r | September 10, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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