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Dez Bryant singles out Jerry Jones, Jason Witten for skipping Texas protests

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Many NFL owners, coaches, and front offices have taken part in protests against racism and injustice as something of a show of solidarity with players. Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys is not one of them.

Jones was one of the more vocal opponents of players who knelt during the national anthem to protest injustice previously, and has been fairly quiet over the last week as protests have spread throughout the country following the death of George Floyd. Former Cowboy Dez Bryant took notice of that, and urged him, his son Stephen, and former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to take part in what looked like a bit of criticism.

It’s not really clear why Witten is included here, but he and Bryant were teammates for eight seasons, so there may be some behind-the-scenes stuff there.

Bryant has been pretty critical of the Cowboys lately, though this is entirely different to basic football criticism. The ex-receiver seems to want Jones to participate.

Dez Bryant thinks Cowboys ‘out of line’ with quarterback moves

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Dez Bryant is not happy about the Dallas Cowboys’ latest move.

The Cowboys are signing Andy Dalton to a one-year deal to back up Dak Prescott at quarterback. Prescott has been franchise-tagged by Dallas and is still waiting on a long-term contract extension with the team. The lack of an extension for Prescott plus the addition of Dalton has Bryant saying Dallas’ actions are “out of line.”

Here’s the tweet he sent on Saturday night:

The problem with Bryant’s tweet is it’s rooted in suspicion that the Cowboys will not be signing Prescott to an extension. That doesn’t seem to make sense considering both sides have been negotiating a possible deal.

No part of me thinks the Cowboys signed Dalton because they have an intention of him replacing Prescott. They got him because he’s a good backup and he came cheap. The Cowboys took advantage of a good opportunity just like they did so when they drafted this guy.

Dez Bryant shares thoughts on CeeDee Lamb wearing No. 88

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CeeDee Lamb is hoping to carry on the legacy of great wide receivers wearing No. 88 with the Dallas Cowboys, and many have wondered how Dez Bryant will feel about that. We now have our answer.

After word surfaced on Thursday that Lamb will wear No. 88 with the Cowboys, a fan on Twitter asked Bryant how he feels about a rookie wearing his old number. Bryant responded with a message of support for Lamb.

Bryant was in a similar situation to Lamb when the Cowboys drafted him back in 2010, as Dez wore No. 88 after Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. While his tenure in Dallas ended in disappointing fashion, Bryant lived up to the hype for many seasons.

Bryant has campaigned for the Cowboys to bring him back, and he would probably have no issue wearing a new jersey number for another chance to play in the NFL. Though, considering how Lamb came to wear No. 88 in the first place, it’s possible he could be persuaded to give it up.

Dez Bryant boasts about workout with Dak Prescott

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Dez Bryant has made it no secret that he would love to return to the Dallas Cowboys, and he has apparently been working out with the quarterback who would be throwing passes to him if his wish came true.

On Thursday, Bryant proudly revealed on Twitter that he completed a workout session with Dak Prescott. The free agent wide receiver said the two “picked up where we left off.”

Bryant and Prescott played two full seasons together before the Cowboys released Bryant. The two weren’t nearly as productive together as Bryant and Tony Romo were for several seasons earlier in Dez’s career, but the numbers weren’t terrible. Bryant caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. Prescott has improved his game since that time, but Bryant is two years removed from playing and coming off a torn Achilles.

While there have been some indications that the Cowboys could be interested in bringing Bryant back, the odds are still stacked against the 31-year-old. Dallas recently signed Amari Cooper to a huge five-year extension, so Bryant would likely have to take a veteran minimum salary to join the team. First, he needs the Cowboys to believe he could actually help them win games.

Dez Bryant feels he would be ‘perfect’ addition to current Cowboys offense

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Dez Bryant has been openly campaigning for the Dallas Cowboys to give him another shot in 2020, and the free agent wide receiver seems like he is not going to let up until Jerry Jones gives him his way.

Bryant attended Wednesday night’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans, and he briefly spoke with Fanatics View about a potential return to the Cowboys. Bryant praised all of the playmakers currently on the Cowboys’ roster and said what he can offer right now would be “perfect” for the team.

“It’d be crazy. It’d be insane,” Bryant said. “I’d make sure I’d do my part as a player, and I’d contribute the best way I know how. … Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? I just feel like what I can do right now would be perfect for what they got going on.”

Bryant seemed convinced that the Cowboys are going to retain both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, though we highly doubt he has any inside information. Prescott obviously isn’t going anywhere, but Dallas may have to use the franchise tag on him. That would make it more difficult for them to re-sign Cooper, as they would no longer be able to use the tag on the star receiver.

Obviously, Bryant would be a role player rather than a No. 1 receiver no matter which team he joined. Dez had to be encouraged by the thoughts Jones recently shared on the situation, though the odds are still stacked against the 31-year-old.

Jerry Jones admits he has thought about signing Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant is interested in a return to the Dallas Cowboys, and Jerry Jones is thinking about adding his former wide receiver.

The Cowboys owner said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Thursday that though he hasn’t talked to Bryant, he has been thinking about signing the receiver.

Bryant, 31, was drafted in the first round by the Cowboys in 2010. Bryant had some “character issues” entering the NFL and slipped in the draft, but Dallas took a chance on him and was rewarded when he developed into a top receiver.

Bryant was released by Dallas during the 2018 offseason, eventually signed with New Orleans, and tore his Achilles tendon in his first practice with his new team. Bryant has not played in an NFL game since 2017 but has shown interest in a return to Dallas.

Why would Bryant be interested in a return to the Cowboys now? He has long had something against Jason Garrett, who was finally let go by the team as head coach.

Dez Bryant has reportedly been ‘pleading’ with Cowboys to bring him back

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Dez Bryant has sent numerous tweets campaigning for NFL teams to sign him over the past several months, and that includes trying to convince the Dallas Cowboys to give him another shot. Apparently he has taken that pitch directly to his former team as well.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Bryant has been in contact with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and has been “pleading” for a return to the team.

Bryant would probably take any opportunity at this point, but he at least knows the Jones family and has plenty of familiarity with the Cowboys. It seems highly unlikely that they would bring him back, but it makes sense that Bryant wants to reunite now that Jason Garrett is no longer the head coach in Dallas.

Bryant has not played in a game since he was last with the Cowboys in 2017. He signed with the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season, but he suffered a torn Achilles in practice and never appeared in a game. The 31-year-old worked out with Patrick Mahomes in the Dallas area on Friday and is hoping to prove he is healthy enough to contribute in 2020.

If Bryant can’t find a team to sign him as a player this offseason, he has also offered his services to the Cowboys in other ways.

Video: Dez Bryant catches passes from Patrick Mahomes at workout

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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

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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

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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.