The 2017 Dallas Cowboys have a chance at something truly special.
When the Cowboys step on the practice field in Oxnard, California for the 2017 training camp, they will do so as one of the favorites in the entire NFL. We all know that they have what it takes to get to the playoffs following their 13-3 regular season record, it’s just about keeping that up come playoff time to reach the ultimate goal of Super Bowl 52.
One of the biggest things that needs to happen for this Cowboys team to be successful in both the regular season, along with the post-season, is for Dez Bryant to return to his elite form on offense. During the regular season, Bryant didn’t have the chemistry with his rookie quarterback like he did with Tony Romo over all those years together. However, once the playoffs hit, you could tell the chemistry was beginning to happen.
During that divisional round playoff loss, Bryant grabbed nine receptions for 132 yards for a pair of touchdowns on 12 targets.
Per Jon Machota via twitter, Bryant is looking forward to training camp as the team finishes up their mandatory mini-camp.
“We’re here just ready to ball. We had great OTAs, great minicamp. We’re looking forward to training camp.”
Dez Bryant: "We're here just ready to ball. We had great OTAs, great minicamp. We're looking forward to training camp."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 15, 2017
Not only is Bryant looking forward to getting back to his elite status that he had a few years ago prior to the last couple injury plagued seasons, he is also taking rookie wide receiver Ryan Switzer under his wing. The former North Carolina standout has been seen hanging out with Bryant during the OTA’s and mini-camp as they get ready for the upcoming season.
If Bryant can indeed stay healthy, this offense will be very difficult to stop or defend. With Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, you can’t drop players in coverage and double cover the wide receivers as much as they would like. If that is what they plan on doing, Elliott will shred them apart. The same thing goes for Bryant, if he is healthy and back to doing “Dez” things on the field, teams can’t just load the box to stop Elliott. Some may want to drop eight players in the box to defend Elliott, but elite Dez will destroy the single coverage all game long. No matter how difficult it might be, teams will have to put a safety over Dez at times, leaving one less player in the box for Elliott to run on.
Pick your poison, will it be Dez or Zeke, who do you want to stop?