With media reports stating that the Cleveland Browns are considering signing former All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant, the question is, do they really need him?
Hard to fathom that in all of their years of offensive futility and ineptitude that the Browns would even be in the position of considering signing a former Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Cleveland hasn’t had the best history in terms of talent at the WR spot–save for Braylon Edwards 2007 Pro Bowl season–but after signing Jarvis Landry, getting Josh Gordon back–who will now not report to training camp, due to various issues–and drafting former Florida speedster Antonio Calloway, the Browns have gone from the basement to the penthouse in suddenly having some really talent.
And now, they have the rare luxury of contemplating a player of Bryant’s skill and talent. It’s no accident that Bryant is not the same WR he once was because of the switch in offensive philosophy once Dak Prescott took the reigns down in Big D.
Once Tony Romo went down, so did Dez. Romo made Bryant as much as Bryant made Romo.
Look no further than the stats of when Romo was under center compared to when Prescott was, and you will see a drop off.
Perhaps a change of scenery and a more downfield passing offense is just what Dez needs to reinvent himself.
That is what Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley and his creative spread offense could provide him. That, and a potentially top-ten offense that already has the forementioned Gordon, Landry, Callaway, potential breakout candidate in tight end David Njoku, QB Tyrod Taylor under center and a deadly trio at RB in Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and rookie Nick Chubb.
Adding Bryant to that would be the equivalent of overkill in terms of creating matchup headaches for opposing defenses.
Words I’d never thought I’d ever blog…