Linehan: “I’m not worried about Dez, he’ll be ready to rock and roll when it’s all said and done, I’m sure of that.”
Last season, Bryant was the #3 WR in standard formats and #4 in PPR. It was the third consecutive season that he finished in the top 7 in both formats. He is one of fantasy’s most dependable receivers. The only concern heading into the season is whether he’ll be distracted by his ongoing contract negotiations.
Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:
This may not make either Bryant or Thomas happy, but it ensures that they aren't going anywhere for at least one more season. Both players figure to be ranked in the top 5 at their position in 2015 fantasy drafts.
"I still think that it's probably, you know, would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Jones said. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal."
Bryant was the #3 WR in standard formats and has finished in the top 6 in three consecutive seasons. The Cowboys are wise to apply the franchise tag if they can't yet work out a long-term deal. The only worry is that Bryant is offended by the team's move and is distracted as the 2015 season kicks off, but the two sides still have plenty of time to work out a long-term deal before July 15.
Beat writer Brandon George answered a question about the Cowboys offense passing more if DeMarco Muarry doesn't play:
George: I think you'd see more of Tony Romo without Murray. But I don't think they'd get totally away from the run game. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are good enough to do well behind this offensive line. Randle has had several big runs of late and would be fine against a Colts team that struggles against the run.
If anything, the Colts may be able to play a bit more balanced and do more to prevent WR Dez Bryant from hurting them without Murray in the lineup. George added in his Q & A that he "would doubt [Murray will] practice fully at any point this week. Other running backs have come right back and played with this injury. No reason to think Murray couldn't do the same."
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 10. Romo is good to go for a so-so matchup against the Jaguars. His presence gives Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams a boost.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Romo’s limited practice is encouraging. The feeling is that he will play, so we added him to our rankings. If he can’t go, it’s a downgrade for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams given Brandon Weeden’s woeful performance in Week 9.
“I’m anticipating him playing,’’ Jones said. “I have no reason to think that he won’t.
“Anytime he can play, we want him to play. We’re a better team, to be trite, with him playing. There’s no such thing as holding him out and foregoing the potential chance that we win.’’
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday. Romo is iffy for Week 10, though the team claims optimism about his ability to play against the Jagaurs. If he can’t go, it’s a downgrade for Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams given Brandon Weeden’s woeful performance in Week 9. We currently expect Weeden to play.
QB Robert Griffin (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)
DE Jack Crawford (calf)
RGIII is questionable and was limited at practice all week. The team said they are preparing as of Colt McCoy is starting, but leaving open the possibility Griffin will play. Seems like a longshot, and owners shouldn't count on him. On top of those risks, the Cowboys defense has been playing well this year so it's not a great matchup for Washington on the road.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. No worries here. Bryant should be good to go for a tasty matchup against the Redskins.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday. No worries here. Bryant should be good to go for a tasty matchup against the Redskins.
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Bryant will be good to go for a so-so matchup with the Giants.
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. No worries here, though the matchup with the Seahawks in Week 6 isn’t attractive. Bryant is pretty much a must-start, however.
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