Rookie Watch: Expect refreshed Bryant
Originally Published: October 6, 2010By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
After a huge Week 3 win over the Houston Texans, the Dallas Cowboys were off in Week 4 and now prepare to play host to the Tennessee Titans. The bye week should do wide receiver Dez Bryant a lot of good.It is easy to forget that this guy didn't play football in his final season at Oklahoma State, then missed a very large portion of training camp and the preseason to injury. Like all rookies, he is still learning his craft. In fact, he is quite raw in many aspects of playing the position. But reps in practice and overall experience are going to do wonders for this physical phenom. He has it all. Bryant already has proved to be very dangerous with the ball in his hands as a returner, and that physical running style also will serve him very well at the wide receiver position. In fact, I expect him to rival teammate Miles Austin in this category as one of the best in the league after the catch. Everything Bryant does on the field demonstrates strength: his running style, the way he attacks the football and his total approach to the game. But he is also very dynamic. Just wait until Bryant gets a little more experience under his belt.
|Ranking||Player, position (draft position)||Last week|
|Sam Bradford, Rams QB (first round, No. 1)
The Rams have won two in a row and might be poised to make a run in their division. Thank Bradford.
|Ndamukong Suh, Lions DT (first round, No. 2)
The more I watch Suh, the more I am blown away. He is the rare defensive tackle who can do everything asked of him as a three-technique or a nose tackle. That puts him on a very short list.
|Jahvid Best, Lions RB (first round, No. 30)
It has become clear that the surface Best plays on has a major impact on his speed, but he did play hurt this past weekend and helped keep Detroit in the game with a superior opponent.
|Dez Bryant, Cowboys WR (first round, No. 24)
Bryant will go to numerous Pro Bowls. His strength and movement skills are simply tremendous.
|Tyson Alualu, Jaguars DT (first round, No. 10)
The Jaguars were criticized brutally for selecting Alualu with the 10th pick overall, but he has been terrific. In fact, he probably should have been on my board earlier.
|Aaron Hernandez, Patriots TE (fourth round, No. 113)
Hernandez played a prominent role yet again in New England's "Monday Night Football" victory in Miami. He actually was cutting into other receivers' roles on this great offense.
|Tony Moeaki, Chiefs TE (third round, No. 93)
After a bye in Week 4, Moeaki and the undefeated Chiefs travel to 2-2 Indianapolis this week. I can't believe I just typed that sentence.
|Mike Williams, Buccaneers WR (fourth round, No. 101)
Like Moeaki and Bryant, Williams had his bye this past weekend. But he will be tested by the Bengals corners in Week 5.
|Nate Allen, Eagles S (second round, No. 37)
Allen isn't Brian Dawkins, but he was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September. After selecting him with the draft pick it received for Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia is set at free safety for some time.
|Earl Thomas, Seahawks FS (first round, No. 14)
You just don't find rookie safeties with Thomas' instincts and penchant for jumping on the ball even before it leaves the quarterback's hand. Allen and Thomas (with two others) are tied for the league lead in interceptions.
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