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Monday, July 13, 2020

Dez Bryant

Video: Dez Bryant catches passes from Patrick Mahomes at workout

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is still trying to prove to NFL teams that he has enough left in the tank to contribute, and the reigning Super Bowl MVP is doing what he can to help the former Dallas Cowboys star earn recognition.

Patrick Mahomes threw passes to Bryant at APEC training center in Forth Worth on Friday.

Bryant went from being one of the most dominant wide receivers in football to not being able to find work in what felt like the blink of an eye. The former first-round pick is still just 31, but he has obviously lost some explosiveness and dealt with a major injury. Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season but never appeared in a game after tearing his Achilles in practice.

While it seemed like he was hinting at being on the verge of signing with a team last season, there has not been much interest in Bryant since the Achilles injury. If he can show teams this offseason that he is healthy and still has some speed, he could be a very low-risk signing that has the potential to pay off.

Dez Bryant has a very high opinion of Nick Mullens

Dez Bryant

When he’s not working on an NFL comeback, Dez Bryant enjoys playing the role of analyst on Twitter like the rest of us. And the former Dallas Cowboys receiver is VERY high on Nick Mullens.

While watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, Dez randomly tweeted that he thinks Mullens is a “star” NFL quarterback.

When some questioned whether that was Bryant’s way of saying Mullens should be starting for the San Francisco 49ers over Jimmy Garoppolo, Bryant said his opinion was independent of Jimmy G.

Mullens is the 49ers’ backup. Football fans became acquainted with him when he played last season due to a combination of Garoppolo’s knee injury and C.J. Beathard’s ineffectiveness. The former Southern Miss quarterback looked very good at times as he completed 64.2 percent of his passes in 8 games in 2018, with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He commanded attention with his 3-touchdown, no interception performance in his first career game — a 34-3 romp over the Raiders. He put together another good game in a win over Seattle, and the Niners went 3-5 under him.

Could he get it done as a starting quarterback? Maybe here or there while playing in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, but we doubt he would be a star elsewhere as Bryant seems to think. The 49ers do believe in him though.

Dez Bryant blasts Jason Garrett after firing

Dez Bryant

Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant doesn’t appear sorry to see Jason Garrett go.

Bryant said he has “no sympathy” for Garrett after the Cowboys coach was officially fired on Sunday, adding that the move makes Dallas “real contenders.”

Bryant and Garrett mostly kept disputes in-house when working together in Dallas with a few exceptions here and there, but the wide receiver has been very critical of his former coach in recent years. He has essentially accused Garrett of wasting Dallas’ talent and hasn’t been quiet about his dissatisfaction with his former coach’s leadership. This response to Garrett’s exit is really no surprise.

Maybe Bryant is pleased because this opens the door to him becoming the coach of the Cowboys like he apparently wants.

Dez Bryant has some wild ideas to fix the Browns

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant may have accepted that his days of playing in the NFL are over, but that does not mean he is done trying to make an impact on teams.

Bryant shared some ideas on Twitter Tuesday night that he believes could help fix the Cleveland Browns. We’re just speculating, but we highly doubt owner Jimmy Haslam will go for them. For starters, Bryant thinks the Browns should consider signing Eli Manning and sending Baker Mayfield to the bench.

Bryant said the Browns should incorporate some run-pass option into their offense if they are committing to Mayfield, which isn’t a bad idea. And if Cleveland can’t put a coaching staff together that can figure out how to utilize star players like Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb, Dez would be happy to serve as their offensive coordinator.

Bryant has already campaigned for a head coaching job in the NFL, and we joked at the time that his lack of experience probably wouldn’t be an issue for the Browns. They’ve made plenty of questionable hires over the years, so Dez might fit right in.

Dez Bryant campaigns to be next Dallas Cowboys head coach

Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys are widely expected to find a new head coach after this year’s disappointing finish, and one person who would like to be considered for the job is Dez Bryant.

Bryant was on Twitter campaigning for the job, saying he would “do a great job”. He started by saying the Cowboys need to stop wasting talent.

“It’s frustrating to watch how the play calling is different… the eagles play tons of man coverage….cowboys should have clinched last week… Crazy you got to wait until s–t on the line… I hate to say this but eagles understood this 5 weeks ago….stop wasting great talent”, he tweeted.

Bryant has long been critical of Jason Garrett, likely owing to his team playing under the Cowboys head coach and some of their differences.

Dez, without any coaching experience, thinking he would do well as the Cowboys head coach is truly a joke. Then again, such qualifications could get him hired in Cleveland, so maybe he should try the Browns.

Dez Bryant thinking about signing with Patriots?

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has been teasing an NFL return for the last few months and seems to be open to signing with the New England Patriots if such a situation presents itself.

Bryant posted a note on Instagram Wednesday that talked about wanting to be wealthy. Someone left a comment on the post saying that Dez was “going to the Pats. Confirmed.”

Dez’s response? “Maybe lol.”

Will anything actually materialize here? In late August, Bryant was targeting a mid-October return. In early November, he said he planned to reach out to NFL teams in a few weeks.

It’s early December now and we’re in Week 14. Bryant, who is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon, is running out of time to join a club. He is at least working towards playing.

Dez Bryant plans to reach out to NFL teams in two weeks

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has been quietly working his way back from a torn Achilles tendon, and the free agent wide receiver says he is ready to return to the NFL.

Bryant posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday saying he was feeling like himself again.

Then he said he will be reaching out to teams in two weeks and “see what happens.”

Bryant said in August that he was targeting a mid-October return. He obviously missed that timetable, but he is still hoping to provide a boost for a team over the final month of the season and potentially the playoffs. He looked good in a workout video he posted last month too.

The 31-year-old was a factor in 2017, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns with the Cowboys. He signed with the Saints last year but suffered the injury in his first practice.