Dez Bryant didn’t have the impact the Cowboys had hoped for with just two catches for 14 yards in his first game since fractured a bone in his foot in the season opener.
But he played more than expected and should get better with more time on the field and more time in the offense with quarterback Matt Cassel.
Not only did Bryant miss six games with the fractured right foot, but his conditioning and timing are off, because he missed the majority of training camp with a hamstring injury after missing the entire offseason in a contract dispute.
“Anytime you haven’t played in six, seven months, there’s going to be some areas where you have to improve,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Dez did a good job last week in practice getting better each of the days. He did some good things in the game. Hopefully he’ll benefit from that experience. Regardless how much you played, you still need to get yourself acclimated at playing in the game at this level again.”
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The Cowboys came into the game planning to limit Bryant’s snaps. But after subbing for him early, the Cowboys eventually let him carry a full load. Bryant played 48 of 59 offensive snaps against the Seahawks.
“We didn’t have a number in mind, but the biggest thing was for us to watch him, and we all did that as a staff and substitute him when we thought it was important to do that but he was handling the work fairly well,” Garrett said. “He came out of the game OK. He played a number of snaps in the game, so that was a positive thing for us. He made a couple of plays in the game. But I think the encouraging sign for us was that he played as many snaps as he did. And afterwards, he seemed like he was good.”
Bryant will get a full load in practice this week after being limited all last week. That should also make a huge difference against the Eagles.