Is Dez Bryant still a top wide receiver?

Over the last 2-3 weeks I have worked on this video trying to figure out what was going on with Dez. As a Redskins fan, I always considered him in the upper echelon of receivers but the last two seasons (and through the first 9 games) have been quite a disappointment so far. Here are some of my observations from my film study:

  1. Dez can’t really separate on fade/sideline routes.
  2. Dez has received a lot of targets (quantity), but the targets haven’t been that catchable (quality). Right now roughly 60% of his targets (9/game) are catchable and during the first five weeks that figure was closer to 50% by my tracking.
  3. Many of his non-catchable targets (#2) are on fade routes (#1) which means that he can’t show off his contested 50/50 catch skills.
  4. Dez runs some of the best dig routes I’ve ever seen.

Samuel Gold

Sam founded NFL Breakdowns after working his way through the journalist farm system and is enjoying life in the big league. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Sam didn’t choose the Redskins, the Redskins chose him. Out of a love for the game and an insatiable curiosity to determine why his beloved team was underperforming, Sam turned to studying film in NFL Breakdowns.