I know he had too much drama in the off-season. I know there wasn't much time to practice during the off season, too. Still, who didn't expect Dez to have a LOT more catches and yards this season? 80 catches and 1500 yards didn't seem unrealistic. He has the hands, size and speed combination to be the best receiver in football.
Sure, he's been double teamed, but so is every great receiver. And yes, Miles Austin hasn't really been himself since the 2nd game of the season. And yes, Romo has broken ribs and had problems throwing the deep ball for a couple of games. Yes, Dez looked out of shape in the first few games. Yes, he was not 100 percent physically early in the season. Yes. Yes. Yes.
But after 11 games, shouldn't Dex Bryant have more than 38 catches?
Certainly part of the problem is that Romo isn't targeting him. In those 11 games, Dez has only 61 passes thrown his way. I don't remember very many drops. I do see that Dez has caught 62 percent of his passes, which ranks in the top 27 percent of the top 80 receivers. 30 of his 38 catches have gone for first downs. 15 of those have gone for 20 or more yards. 6 have gone for touchdowns. That's actually a lot of production for the number of catches.
I guess I wonder what he might do if the Cowboys actually fed him the ball, the way they are feeding Murray. Dez just looks like a guy who can demoralize a defense. By making him more of a focal point, it might also bring out the competitor in him the way the current game plan never will.