Finding a Home for Dez Bryant
We are now about to enter Week 5 of the NFL season and Dez Bryant is still looking for a new team. He hinted last week that he should be signing with somebody “soon” but no teams have been attached to these rumors. As we’ve seen, some teams could definitely use the help on offense. Others may not need the help but could be best in maximizing Dez Bryant’s skillset.
Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is banged up and Geronimo Allison went down this week with a concussion. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t typically throw the ball to tight ends but they’ve still managed to find ways to get the ball to Jimmy Graham in the red zone. That means they would have no problem utilizing Dez in the same way. As a team that loves to pass it from inside the five yard line, the Packers would provide a great chance for Dez to reclaim his confidence and production.
TY Hilton is another player that exited this week with an injury. He joins Jack Doyle as another one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets on the shelf. If both guys continue to miss time, Dez Bryant could easily slide into a starting role. Like Aaron Rodgers, Luck loves to throw to his big bodies in the red zone. But if the Colts want to compete, they’ll need more than just Eric Ebron.
This one would have made more sense during the offseason. When Doug Baldwin became injured in the preseason, Dez Bryant could have greatly benefited from the role Brandon Marshall stepped into. However, that opportunity has passed with Doug Baldwin now back on the field.
San Francisco 49ers
Similar to the Seahawks, I wish this one came with better circumstances. This would have been a better opportunity if Jimmy Garoppolo was still healthy. CJ Beathard gave the Niners a chance to win this week but he’s not in the team’s long-term plans. Garoppolo would have needed to be the guy to build that chemistry with Dez.
New York Giants
When the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley, I was hoping they would go out and sign Dez Bryant to complete the offense. With Odell Beckham outside, Sterling Shepard in the slot, Evan Engram at tight end, and Saquon in the backfield, Dez could have served as the opposite outside receiver. Nobody could be double covered and defenses wouldn’t be able to load the box. Eli Manning isn’t as bad as the media is making him out to be. His offensive line just isn’t giving him a consistently clean pocket. If Bryant was added to the slew of talent they already have, defenses wouldn’t have the luxury of blitzing as often as they wanted to.
Aside from the man-handling of the Minnesota Vikings, the Bills have looked like one of the worst teams in football. Just when we had a chance to start taking them more seriously, they went scoreless against the Packers this week. Kelvin Benjamin is supposed to be their WR1 but only had a single catch in a game they were trailing the whole time. Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy may very well be at the tail end of their careers. The Bills could be looking at a total reset next season. I doubt Dez Bryant could fix the Bills but he’s better than what they have now and Josh Allen needs somebody to throw to before he loses confidence in himself.
Somehow even more hopeless than the Bills are the Arizona Cardinals. Josh Rosen stepped in this week and actually had a chance to win the game. That’s more than we’ve been able to say in recent weeks so there is a glimmer of hope. However, I would be surprised if Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t retire after this season and his successor has yet to emerge from the rest of the Arizona offense. Josh Rosen is going to be in desperate need of help next year if they don’t make some serious changes.
They’re 3-1 but these wins haven’t been very pretty. Corey Davis had a 161 yard performance in their win against the Eagles but he’s not going to do that every week. In their Week 2 in against the Texans, their leading receiver was safety Dane Cruikshank who caught a 66 yard TD on a fake punt. In their Week 3 win, Marcus Mariota only threw for 100 yards. Delanie Walker is already going to miss the rest of the season and he’s been Mariota’s favorite target in recent years. The Titans need a boost on offense if they want to give their defense a rest this season.