Dez Bryant Will Break Out in 2012
Dez Bryant has had an up-and-down offseason/training camp, but none of those “downs” have come on the field. Between the lines, Bryant appears ready to break out no matter how you slice it. I took a look at the statistical angle of Bryant’s probable breakout over at NBC:
Over the past two years, only 18.7 percent of Bryant’s targets came on passes that were thrown 20 or more yards. The playmaker has ranked only 51st and 54th in deep target rate over the past two years, according to Pro Football Focus. With Bryant’s undeniable ball skills, it’s a guarantee you’ll see his deep ball rate increase in 2012.
In turn, you’ll see Bryant’s yards-per-catch improve as well. Due to an abundance of quick screens in his rookie year, Bryant totaled just 12.6 YPC that season. It jumped to 14.7 YPC last year. With more deep passes surely on the way and greater yards-after-catch sure to follow (it was 4.9 per reception in 2011), you’ll likely see Bryant check in somewhere around 15.5 YPC this season.
Check out the full article at NBC DFW. Bryant is simply too talented of a football player to be contained much longer. The mental aspect of the game is the only thing that could hold him back. I actually think the beginning of the season will be telling; if you see Bryant consistently lining up on his own without the guidance of his quarterback (I’m being serious), he’ll be primed to become one of the league’s premiere receiving threats.