Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:22pm
Now that it's been four years since the last offseason together for the Dallas quarterback and his top receiver, logic says they're trying to make up for lost time after a lost season marked by major injuries to both.
Romo says otherwise.
"Timing and everything is going to be fine," Romo said on the final day of minicamp in mid-June. "It's just a matter of him feeling comfortable with the nuances of the game that really separate someone like Dez from others."
Romo just enjoyed his first full offseason since 2012, and another year removed from a series of back issues — despite missing 12 games last year with a twice-broken left collarbone. But Bryant missed all the significant offseason work for the second straight year since his 2014 All-Pro season.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman missed minicamp and every OTA open to the media. He was in a bulky walking boot for Tom Brady's annual Best Buddies flag football game on June 3. He did not play in the game.
According to one photo from Patriots.com, though, it appears Edelman did not wear the boot to the MGH event Wednesday.
This would be a sign of progress for Edelman, who, according to a May 12 report from ESPN's Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter, was "on track" to return for training camp.
The Jones fracture suffered by Edelman can be a tricky injury. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who also underwent a second surgery following his Jones fracture, needed five months to gain clearance for running and cutting. As CSNNE's Tom Curran pointed out, Edelman wouldn't be back until November if he followed the same timeline.
In 28 games over the past two seasons (including the playoffs), Edelman has averaged 7.0 catches for 75 yards and 0.43 TD on 10.3 targets per game. That works out to low-end WR1 numbers in PPR formats, so as long as he's healthy, he should provide good value in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts.
After three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1233 yards and 12 touchdowns, Bryant managed just 31-401-3 in an injury-shortened, nine-game season. Assuming his offseason goes well and a healthy Tony Romo is back under center, we believe he'll be back in the top 10 in 2016. It does appear that his body may be breaking down, so this is a crucial offseason for the talented receiver.
The Dallas Cowboys have yet to rule Dez Bryant out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, but the wide receiver will have more tests this week on his surgically-repaired right foot and his ailing ankle.
When asked if there is a worry if there is another fracture in Bryant’s foot, coach Jason Garrett said, “just evaluating where he is.”
Bryant had surgery Sept. 14 to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot suffered in the season opener. He had a bone graft done at the time of the surgery to help promote healing, which is how the Cowboys dealt with the same fracture to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence last year. He later had a stem-cell injection for his foot in October.
Earlier in the month Bryant said he was feeling as good as he had felt all season but Garrett said the receiver’s foot and ankle have gotten progressively worse in the last few weeks.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (knee, illness, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 16. If Beasley can play he should see extra targets with Dez Bryant sidelined.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. The doubtful tag indicates that Bryant won’t play this week, and he may be done for the year. Terrance Williams and the gang get a bump, but this is a big blow to the entire offense. The Bills defense looks like a good streaming option since the Cowboys will be without their best offensive player.
Bryant is out of practice again on Friday, making a clean sweep of the week for the wideout. Bryant has been listed as doubtful to play against the Bills as a result.
The doubtful tag indicates that Bryant won’t play this week, and he may be done for the year. Terrance Williams and the gang get a bump, but this is a big blow to the entire offense. The Bills defense looks like a good streaming option since the Cowboys will be without their best offensive player.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Bryant practiced fully last week, so the missed practices are a concern. With nothing to play for, the Cowboys may elect to rest their franchise receiver if he’s less than 100%.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Bryant is expected to play through the foot injury even though the Cowboys are barely alive in the postseason hunt.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. Bryant is expected to play through the foot injury even though the Cowboys are barely alive in the postseason hunt. He’ll have a tough matchup with Darrelle Revis this week.
"We'll go balls out with Dez," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
Bryant missed five games recovering from a broken foot suffered in the season opener and has played through knee and ankle injuries since Nov. 8. In eight games, he has caught 27 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones puts Bryant's lack of success this season on missing the offseason program with a contract dispute and missing half of the training camp practices and the four preseason games with a hamstring injury.
"I'm not so sure the foot is an issue apart from the fact that it limited him very early in the season and training camp, and of course the way [we] were involved in negotiations during the spring," Jones said. "In my mind, it is completely related to lack of practice, repetition.
Bryant caught one pass for 9 yards in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. He dropped two passes and had another pass deflect off his hands for an interception on the Cowboys' first drive of the game. The QB situation isn't helping Bryant owners either as the whole Dallas offense has struggled without Tony Romo.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
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