The final time Bryant put up No. 1 receiver stats was in 2014 when he led the NFL with 16 landing receptions and caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards. After he signed a five-year, $70 million deal, accidents, ineffective quarterback play in 2015 and a philosophical swap offensively following Tony Romo’s again harm in 2016 contributed to Bryant’s declining numbers.
By slicing Bryant, the Cowboys confirmed they consider they gained’t have to interchange the receiver who caught 41 landing passes from 2012-14, however quite the receiver who caught 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2017.
The Cowboys at the moment have eight receivers on the roster, however solely two (Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley) have caught greater than six passes in a season carrying the star on their helmet.
Here’s a take a look at who stays with Bryant gone, whereas acknowledging the Cowboys very effectively may take a receiver within the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.
Terrance Williams: He’s recovering from a damaged foot suffered whereas figuring out earlier within the offseason however must be cleared to do at the very least some on-field work in June. He caught 53 passes for 568 yards final 12 months, however for the primary time in his profession didn’t file a landing catch. He’s sturdy, having by no means missed a sport in his profession, and has made massive performs in massive moments, however he doesn’t have a 1,000-yard season to his credit score.
Cole Beasley: In 2016, he was Dak Prescott‘s favourite goal, catching a team-high 75 passes for 833 yards and 5 touchdowns. However 2017 was an entire thriller as to how Beasley grew to become a forgotten man. He caught simply 36 passes for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns. His yards per catch was decrease than Jason Witten‘s. Groups clamped down their protection on Beasley and the coaches couldn’t create methods to get him the ball.
Allen Hurns: He signed a two-year deal price as a lot as $12 million after he was reduce by the Jacksonville Jaguars. At current, he seems just like the receiver who will step into Bryant’s position. He has one 1,000-yard season, posting 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. During the last three seasons (36 video games) he has 138 receptions for 1,992 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 38 video games during the last three seasons, Bryant caught 150 passes for two,035 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Deonte Thompson: He caught a career-high 38 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns for the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Payments final season. In 11 video games with the Payments, he caught 27 passes for 430 yards and a landing. He’s the pace menace the Cowboys felt they lacked and signed a one-year deal price a max of $2.5 million that included a $1 million signing bonus.
Ryan Switzer: A fourth-round choose final season, Switzer was primarily a return specialist as a rookie, taking one punt again for a landing. He caught six passes for 41 yards, working principally behind Beasley within the slot.
Noah Brown: A seventh-round choose final season, Brown caught 4 passes for 33 yards however served principally as a blocker. An incredible athlete, the Cowboys like his potential to develop as he enters his second season.
Lance Lenoir: He spent most of final season on the follow squad earlier than a Week 17 call-up for the season finale. He caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns within the preseason.
KD Cannon: After a prolific profession at Baylor, Cannon went undrafted final 12 months and bounced round a number of groups earlier than becoming a member of the Cowboys’ follow squad for the ultimate week of the season. He was signed to a futures deal in January.