Enter Dez Bryant
Enter Dez Bryant. Castoff from the Cowboys in the off season, Bryant has been many things over the years. He’s had family issues. He’s been petulant. He’s been a tantrum thrower. He’s had run-ins legally. But he’s also been a Pro-Bowler.
His production had dropped in recent years, but some of that could be attributed to a new QB. We know he can play with a chip on his shoulder, and that can be a great thing for a receiver. We know he is capable of greatness because we’ve seen it.
At 30-years old, Bryant is more likely over the top of the hill in his NFL career. But we’ve seen some great ones contribute well into their later days.
The most important thing is this: Michael Thomas has 70 receptions. That’s a lot of catches and a lot of targets. The more targets and catches, the more chances of things going wrong. We have no backup plan. All other receivers on the Saints combined have only 38 catches. That includes Ted Ginn, Jr, who is on IR and has been for a month.
Some of that is by design. We have other playmakers that need touches. But some of it is due to other receivers not getting open or not achieving to the level they should. Bryant may not be the answer, but if he is even part of the answer, we’re better off for the move. With a strong locker room, we can handle a lot.
My prediction for the next quarter of the season is 3-1. Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas are up next. Cincinnati sets up as a trap game. Even though they are 5-3, that’s a game you’d expect the Saints to win.
The Philadelphia game is not as daunting as it might have seemed earlier but will still be a challenge. Between the Philly game and the Atlanta game, there will be a tremendous challenge. Atlanta will want revenge and is trying to get back in the hunt. It’s in these two games, if there is a loss to be found in this quarter, that it’s most likely to occur. Dallas at the end of the month will mark the return of Dez Bryant to his former home, so the hype over that will be endless.
The Saints are off to a super start and seem to be finding their stride. Let’s hope it continues through this quarter of the year.