The Dallas Cowboys are in a tough spot. Last year, they were the No. 1 seed in the NFC. This year, they’re out of the playoffs and in desperate need of new blood on offense.
“They’ve got to draft skill players left and right,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Tiki and Tierney. “We’ve seen them attack the offensive line with vigor, and now the chore is back to they need pass-catchers, they need tight ends – they need everything on the offense other than a running back and a quarterback.”
Wide receiver might be the Cowboys’ No. 1 need, especially given the declining play of Dez Bryant.
“Dez can’t really separate anymore,” La Canfora said. “Dez looks to be a declining player, and look, he’s got tread on his tires. Father Time’s undefeated. That stuff happens. But he’s not a matchup guy really anymore. He’s not going to run past people, he’s not going to bully people the way he did before, and he drops a fair amount of balls. He’s not the most consistent route-runner, and he doesn’t have the most consistent hands.”
Byrant, who turned 29 in November, was once a physical freak, not to mention one of the top receivers in football.
“That does not seem to be the case right now,” La Canfora said. “They don’t have the home-run hitter there. They don’t have the guy who separates time after time and is the downfield, deep-threat No. 1 receiver.”
Bryant has 66 catches on 125 targets for 814 yards and six touchdowns this year. He hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2014, and his six scores are the second-lowest of his career.
Bryant, though, does not see any issue with his production – or lack thereof. When asked if he would take a pay cut next year, Bryant – who has has the second-largest cap number on the team at $16.5 million – said, “Probably not. Hell, no, man. I believe in me.”
“He hasn’t given the indication that he is (okay with taking a pay cut) and he seems to think he’s still one of the truly elite at what he does,” La Canfora said. “They’re going to have to make a decision there. Jerry and Stephen Jones are going to have to decide if they think he’s still worth this kind of money. There’s times when guys go out there, they see the grass isn’t always greener, and then they come back to what they know at a lesser number than they ever thought they would have entertained when the process began. That may be one where the market may have to speak to him in order to figure out what his new price point is moving forward. But he hasn’t performed like an elite receiver this year. He just hasn’t.”
Dallas (8-7) closes the season at Philadelphia (13-2) this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.