Cowboys WR Dez Bryant asking coaches to return punts this season

Bryant last returned a punt in 2012 and scored his first NFL touchdown via a punt return in his rookie season.

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant asking coaches to return punts this season

  • Per reports at organized team activities, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant wants to return punts in 2017. Bryant last returned a punt in 2012.
  • Bryant’s first career touchdown was indeed on a punt return in 2010, during his rookie season. Bryant returned two punts for touchdowns that year, ranking second behind only Devin Hester.
  • The two seasons following his rookie year however, Bryant saw his punt return grade decline to average in 2011 and 2012. After averaging 14.3 yards per return in 2010, he averaged 6.7 and 5.5, respectively, the next two years.
  • Between 2010-2012, among punt returners with at least 40 returns, no one had a lower fair catch rate (fair catches divided by the sum of returns and fair catches) than Bryant.

Dez Bryant Punt Returns

  • Phong Ta

    While I understand wanting to get the ball in your playmakers hands as often as possible, this would be a bad idea considering Dez’s recent string of injuries. No need to put him in a position where he would likely get hurt again.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I suspect that Dez knew there was not a snowball’s chance in hell the coaches would agree to this before he even made the suggestion. It does make him look more like a team player though…lol.